Worship/Prayer - Who's It For?
Consider these two statements, both made by well known and regarded pastors:
"Worship is God's gift to us, intended for our blessing and benefit. He doesn't need it - we do."
(Pastor Jack Hayford, quoted in Leadership Magazine)
"Prayer is not primarily for us, it is for God. Prayer is not so much to gain for us what we think we need as it is to give to God an opportunity to manifest His glory. Prayer is for God, only incidentally and as a by-product is it for us."
(Pastor John MacArthur, The Priority of Prayer, Transcript No. 2235)
Who is correct? Both? Neither? Are they saying the same or different things? Can these statements be reconciled? What do you think?
(I've purposefully not attributed the names of the two pastors that made these statements so as not to influence in any way our consideration of what was said, rather than who said it. I'll post the pastors' names in the coming week.)