Music is Prayer
Music is prayer.
A prayer is described as a “devout petition to God or a spiritual communion with God.”
In church, music is an integral part of the worship service. At least half of the service is spent in worship of God through song and prayer.
During this time we are communing with God or expressing our desires to God.
However, we can commune and petition God even when we are not in church.
Whether you enjoy the hymns of auld, the praise songs, the modern choruses or a combination of all three we can praise and worship God through music even when we are not in church.
Whether we lift our voice in song at home, in the car, while sitting at our desk at work or walking through a store we can lift our hearts in prayer through the power of music.
How do you enjoy lifting your heart in prayer?
Is it with your favorite Christian artists, listening to the song director at church, making up
your own song or lifting your own voice of your own accord?
There are no right or wrong choices?
Whatever works for you is the right choice for you. God doesn’t listen to the words as much as he listens to the heart.
Music as a prayer is not only petitioning God for our needs, but also praising God for who He is and what He means to us.
Over and over we are told in scripture to lift our voices in song:
Psalm 95 says, “Sing for joy to the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:19 says, “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”
Psalm 40 says, “ He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.”
These are just a couple of scriptures of many that tell us to sing for the Lord.
I love this quote by St. Augustine: “He who sings prays twice.” We all need God, so isn’t it worth it to sing to Him. I discover that when I sing I often express things deep in my heart I can find no words for or ways to express. When my heart is troubled I can sing, even when I don’t understand what is weighing heavily on me. God knows my heart and soul and he hears my petition. I fervently believe this is why St. Augustine said that we pray twice when we sing.
Do you sing for the Lord? How is music your prayer?