In my journey to learn more about God and His church, I have made several attempts at removing certain things from my life, my worship, etc. so that I can see more clearly. Kind of “from the outside looking in” type of theory.
As an example, I have tried this with prayer, specifically with praying before meals.
I know we are to be thankful for what we have to eat, but “should” we say a prayer before each meal? I don’t necessarily believe those are synonymous.
To tell you what happened, I sat down to eat, and deliberately did not pray.
But something strange happened. As I sat there staring at my food, unsure what to do next, a powerful, odd thankfulness came over me. Instead of words habitually coming out of my mouth, true, honest praise actually came from my heart. I don’t know of a time I had been more grateful for what was sitting on the plate in front of me.
Thankfulness is not lip service and not a posture or pleasure. It is humbleness. It is a realization of your reliance on someone else.
I think words can sometimes cloud truth so the heart won’t see it clearly.
I can think of some other activities that sometime cloud truth from the heart, but that is for another time.