Pray, Praise, Serve, and Obey

Our bodies are truly amazing gifts of God, equipped with several innate, natural actions and reactions. Many of these are controlled by our autonomic nervous system which allows our heart to beat and for us to breath without thinking about it – which is a really good thing! There are also reflexes that allow our body to bypass the brain to respond to stimuli quicker. The classic example is how touching a hot stove causes your body to instantly pull your hand away without consulting your brain or how your doctor hitting just below your knee cap results in a small kick of your leg. Then, beyond innate body functions, we can also train our brains to have seemingly instantaneous responses as well. An example of this might be saying, “God bless you” when someone sneezes or perhaps automatically squeezing your spouse’s hand once when you first grab it, or other automatic responses or habits you may have.

The problem is, sin has replaced some innate functions our bodies once had. Man was intended to have a beautiful and perfect relationship with God that equipped us to pray, praise, serve, and obey Him. Unfortunately, this disappeared when Adam and Eve ate that forbidden fruit. This has caused us to wake up and go about our busy day, go to sleep thinking and worrying about the future, and to eat our food in haste everyday overwhelmed by the weight of the world.

But God had a plan all along, and even though Adam and Eve were banished form the garden, God still provided for them. He then instilled a sacrificial system followed by the 10 Commandments which helped His people return to pray, praise, serve, and obey Him. Even though the devil severed the relationship between God and man, God already had a plan to perfect that relationship, and that was through His Son. As we already know, Jesus acts as our mediator, giving us access to God, again helping His people pray, praise, serve, and obey Him.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” (1st Timothy 2:5 NIV)

That innate relationship might not be there, but God provided a way through Jesus for that relationship to be restored. Paul also adds:

“I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1st Corinthians 9:27 NIV)

While we may not naturally pray, praise, serve, and obey God, our bodies can be trained because God also provides us with the Holy Spirit who works to help our bodies have a better relationship with Him. The Holy Spirit helps us create habits that become almost innate and so much a part of our lives that we naturally do them. The Holy Spirit helps us to wake up in prayer and praise, to give thanks to God for our meals, and to rest in God’s saving grace and mercy trusting Him to provide for us.

The more we pray, praise, serve, and obey God, the more innate these habits will become. They will never be perfect, as they were at the beginning of creation, but, with the Holy Spirit, our bodies can be trained to pray, praise, serve, and obey God continuously until the last day when our relationship with God is perfectly restored.

Written By: Lindsey Duerr, DCE