Pastor Jim Sanderbeck
May 5, 2021
Two of the greatest spiritual weapons you have in your arsenal are prayer and worship. With these 2 avenues of approaching the throne of grace, the power of God becomes resident in your very being. I suggest to you in this season of time, that you employ them both with passion. Without that daily connection to the King and Lord of your life, you will become depleted and positioned as vulnerable to attack. With them, you are empowered to be His witness in the earth.
Prayer has become the anchor and operational cornerstone of our ministry assignment. We are tapping into the anointing and power of God where the Holy Spirit is our compass and our point of empowerment. We have grown relationally and we have found ourselves surrounded by His vision and strategies for our individual and corporate lives.
I have always described worship as an “outward expression of an inward work.” I love to worship and I worship to release my love to the Savior and God of my life. It is a place of victory. It is a place of comfort. It is a place of shelter. It is the “place of meeting” where He is rightfully, reverently and rigorously placed on the throne of my heart.
Recently, Dutch Sheets on his Give Him 15 made these comments: “In an interview for Today’s Christian Woman, writer and speaker Carol Kent says:
“One day when [my son] Jason was young, we were eating breakfast together. I had on an old pair of slacks and a fuzzy old sweater. He flashed his baby blues at me over his bowl of cereal and said, ‘Mommy, you look so pretty today.’ “I had not yet gotten ready for the day and didn’t even have makeup on. So I said, ‘Honey, why would you say I look pretty today? Normally I’m dressed up in heels and a dress.’
“And he said, ‘When you look like that, I know you’re going some place; but when you look like this, I know you’re all mine.”
Dutch goes on to say: “I do much of my praying in the woods. I love to walk there for hours, communing with the Lord. I usually wear grubby jeans, old boots, t-shirts or sweatshirts – depending on the weather, hats and other worn-out, non-professional attire. When I go to the office, I change into my nicer clothes. I think God prefers me in my grungy uniform. When He sees me dressed that way, He knows I’m all His.”
“My experience in the woods is often like that described by A.W. Tozer.” “There are occasions when for hours I lay prostrate before God without saying a word of prayer or a word of praise – I just gaze on Him and worship.”
Here is a prayer and worship video link by Jesus Image Worship that will not only “knock your socks off” but it will lead you to the throne as you surrender to the Spirit of God.