Question (10) God requires that in the word of God there be true association between us and God, that is, in prayer there is the reality of worshiping God. May we ask how is there entry to this reality?
The answer is as follows: Having true association with God in the word of God is to figure things out, to work them out before God. Sometimes people do not have God in their hearts and they think long and hard on their own about each word and sentence of God, researching it and pondering over it, and sometimes they try to figure out the word of God before God in prayer. What is the difference between these two situations? Figuring out the word of God in prayer is to pray in our hearts before God, to seek from God, and to ponder the word of God by saying our prayers with a heart that is seeking the truth. This is different in its nature to using our brains to ponder over and research the word of God as it is true association with God in the word of God. For instance, God says that those who serve God must know how to be considerate of God’s will. When you pray you can say in this way: “Oh, God! How can we know what is called being considerate of Your will? We don’t know how to be considerate of Your will. Please enlighten me, God, let me understand. I need to know now how to be considerate of Your will. Then I will have a way of serving You.” This is a sort of prayer, and after praying you still work out in your mind the meaning of this sentence, and in mulling over it you think in this way: When we speak of being considerate of God’s will, to be considerate is to be close to God’s heart. It is to satisfy God’s heart, to draw near to God’s heart. Here, to draw near to God’s heart, to be close to God’s heart, we will think of ways to satisfy God’s heart. So, whatever I do I want to know how to do it to be able to satisfy God and please God. Is this not being considerate of God’s will? Then you ponder over it in your mind: That’s right. Isn’t this the way? This is what it means. If I want to know what is called being considerate of God’s will, I need to know in a straightforward way how I should act to be able to satisfy God, how I should act to please God, what I should do to definitely satisfy God, and I am certainly able to satisfy God. This should be confirmed. If I do it like this, aren’t I being considerate of God’s will? It ought to be that this is the case. You pray before God, you work out the word of God with a prayerful heart, and subsequently you raise an example, you give it much thought, you think backward and forward, you use another method to arrive at God’s satisfaction. In the end you arrive at confirmation that this method can certainly meet with God’s satisfaction. The word of God is understood by such pondering, and the way to practice is found. This is true association with God in prayer and seeking the truth in prayer to God. Sometimes when you are walking with nothing to do, you work out in your mind what is loving God. The result is that you don’t take care as you walk along until bang, you run into an electricity pole. Is this loving God? Your heart is always thinking about the truth, working it out, and even when you occasionally hit an electricity pole, you don’t complain. Hasn’t the heart that loves God then been produced? Can you put it into practice like this? When I’m not busy, I often work things out. Sometimes when the brothers and sisters put some question to me, I think that this matter ought to be handled this way and that’s how I respond. After I have explained some matters, I later think further about them: What I’ve said about this matter is too simple. I did not explain it to him in detail. It would be better if I speak to him in more detail. You see, after I thought further about it, a new thought came to me. Next time I would find the opportunity to explain this matter in some more detail. I had a new way of looking at things once I had tried to work it out, right? Sometimes when I have finished writing a fellowship, I ponder over in my mind that what I have said should be about right. But then I think further that my feeling is not necessarily precise, and I say: “Oh God, if there are a few more things that I should be saying, please enlighten me.” After a few days I suddenly think of something else, and it touches on this truth. Yes, I need to add these words subsequently. I need to add this light. This is greatly beneficial for the entry into life of God’s chosen people. Tell me, if I hadn’t often tried to work these things out in my mind, would I have been able to obtain such enlightenment and illumination from the Holy Spirit? If you often seek the truth before God, truly associate with God, and seek from God, it may well be that when it happens the Holy Spirit will inspire you, enlighten and illuminate you, and make you understand even more. This is how to practice in this aspect, and now you understand. With regard to worshiping God, it’s not necessary to have any grand ceremony. At times, when you have some insight in your mind, some understanding of God, and that produces a heart of love, and you are moved, at that time if the surroundings permit, you can prostrate yourself and pray: “Oh God! You love me so much. I worship You. I lay down in worship of You.” You quiet down for a time, worship God with your whole heart without thinking of anything else. You are not paying lip service, and you prostrate yourself before God with your whole heart: “Oh God, I worship You. You are my God, the God who has saved me. I worship You as the one true God, I am a created being, and I should prostrate myself before You in this way.” Sometimes you say such words as these, and need not raise your voice. At times you can say them to yourself; at other times, you can say them a little softly. Generally it is along these lines. This is worshiping God. If there is no one around, you can kneel down in a place and prostrate yourself: “Oh God! I worship You. For a long time I have not knelt down to bare my heart to You in prayer. Now I want to worship You.” When you stand up again, what do you feel? Your heart is at peace, you are free from anxiety, you feel that such worship of God is extremely good, and that created beings ought to worship God in this way. Is there a grand ceremony here? It is this simple. When you do it with your heart, God knows it, God is pleased, and He remembers this. When do we worship God? When we are moved, when we see God’s love, when we understand the truth, when we have true knowledge of God, we hasten to worship, and if the surroundings permit, we prostrate ourselves before God. It is better if we say something softly, but it is fine as well if we only say it to ourselves. For example, when you have done something wrong, you shed tears to yourself, and you feel that you have hurt God, what should you do? Find a peaceful place to pray: “Oh God, forgive me. I have done wrong, I have hurt You. I hate myself, I curse myself. I will absolutely not offend You again in future. I will definitely satisfy You in future in this regard, and make You satisfied.” Go on to say: “Thanks be to God for having enlightened and illuminated me in this way, and for having reproached me and loved me like this.” With these few words, by laying bare your heart about a matter before God in this way your heart is free of anxiety, you are at peace, happy, and released. Now wouldn’t you say that this is true prayer? Isn’t it worshiping God? Being able to worship God in prayer is so formidable. It represents a person’s true heart. He truly prostrates himself before God and tells God what is in his heart. There is no religious ceremony on the outside, yet he is entirely sincerely worshiping God in spirit and truth. Some people see God’s salvation when disaster strikes, and they kneel down at that time: “Oh God! You have saved me, You truly are the one true God. I worship You, and I will always worship You!” They prostrate themselves and kowtow several times, worshiping, and speak like this: “I will always worship You, my heart worships You, and I worship You with all my heart!” You stand up and you feel “Today I have for once behaved as a genuine person—a created being. I know how man ought to live.” This is worshiping God. Having a religious ceremony, with so many people singing hymns of praise, accompanied by a grand piano with large trumpets sounding, if you think that only this is worshiping God, you’re wrong! A person associates with and worships God on his own in a secluded place, or people collectively worship God in spirit and truth; only this is true worship. The most crucial is not how grand the ceremony out in the open is but whether a person is of a true heart.