"But the hour is coming, and it is now, when sincere worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship him." John 4:23
Anyone who receives a revelation of what authentic and genuine worshippers go through as a result of their worship is truly blessed. The story in Matthew 15: 21-28 demonstrates how worship has a practical influence. In that account, a Syro-Phoenician woman contacted our Lord Jesus Christ for assistance since her daughter had been possessed by a demon. According to the Bible, He paid little attention to her, and His apostles persuaded Him to simply send her away.
Instead of sending her away, Jesus gave her the opportunity to converse with him and come to a saving knowledge of the God of Israel. "I was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel," he explained. This was the cue this woman needed to change the course of her life. When she heard this, she did something that is the subject of our discussion today. “Then she came and worshipped him, begging, Lord, assist me,” Matthew 15:25 recounts.
The Syro-Phoenician woman's behavior insured that Jesus continued to listen to her. She displayed unwavering faith in the ensuing conversation, which the Lord's anointing could not overcome. “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt,” Jesus said, praising her faith, which was born out of spiritual humility. Matthew 15:28b
This parable has many lessons to teach, but one of the most important is the art of worship. We must never forget that all men are created equal in the eyes of God, and that the purpose of their life is to adore their Creator. Whether humanity likes it or not, there will come a time when we will all worship God. “All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall exalt thy name,” Psalm 86:9 declares.
According to John 4:23, the Father seeks out those who worship Him. Worship, beloved, does what no other form of prayer can. What can somebody do to persuade God to do something He would not otherwise do? Worship is the answer. David worshipped God, and God blessed him with a dynasty. His son worshiped God with unheard-of sacrifices and received far more than he hoped for (1 Kings 3:4-13).
A dog from outside the kingdom became a child of the kingdom after the Syro-Phoenician woman worshipped Jesus Christ. Some dogs, in fact, worship their masters and eventually eat from their master's table! I want to encourage you, beloved, to always engage in true worship, because the amazing breakthroughs you will begin to experience will astound you.
Spend some time today worshiping God and watch how He responds on your behalf.
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