It has been said that “the one who sings prays twice.” The power of music to touch our spirits is undeniable—both in joy and in sorrow. Often, when we cannot find the right words to say, a hummed melody or a familiar hymn can move us to higher planes, planting our feet on holy ground. Prayer and song were foundational for the early church as well.
1 Corinthians 14:15
What should I do then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray with the mind also;|I
will sing praise with the spirit, but I will sing praise with the mind also.
In this passage, we see the instruction to connect our emotions and our understanding—music has an extraordinary way of allowing us to do this. When a gathered congregation sings, its song becomes a unique and beautiful prayer and, in that moment, glorious worship is taking place! Now, for those who say, “I can’t sing,” let me remind you of the power of the Holy Spirit to help us:
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
If we truly believe that singing and praying are connected, we cannot deny the help offered by the Holy Spirit … so, give it your all; raise your voices; make music and be glad! May the peace of Christ be with you.