Prayer allows the hungry heart to express itself and to be transformed. Prayer processes desire; we honestly express our feelings and then let God change them. In the light of that transformation, prayer gives way to thanksgiving, and thanksgiving carries us like an updraft that birds catch as they circle higher. Thanksgiving leads into worship.
Worship involves a variety of practices, as part of a group or alone. Here worship refers to our highest, most complete, and most direct relating to God. When we make a request for oneself or for others, we are praying; but there is an appreciation of God and gratitude to God that rises above prayer. Worship can even rise above what we can put into words. In worship we do as the Psalmist invited: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
The divine spirit helps us worship. The mind knows something of the truth of God. The spirit uplifts the mind and refreshes the soul. At its height, worship is not altogether something that we do; rather, it transpires within us. We need the spirit to take worship to the heights. As we consent to spirit leading, we cooperate in something beyond our comprehension. Trusting the God whose spirit dwells within brings security to our highest person-to-Person experience.