Many ancient pagans participated in idol worship. These pagans had daily practices associated with these lesser gods; deeds which often required a great devotion of time and energy.
This is no different from how we worship the One True God. We pray, go to church, and participate in other Christ-like behaviors in order to grow closer to God.
Or, at least, we should.
In this modern, secular world, few people actually worship the pagan gods of old. Nowadays, our focus is driven back into ourselves. We are constantly encouraged to look inward. And while self-reflection is important, this can easily turn into self-obsession and the worship of our own internal experiences.
Most prevalently, anxiety consumes the time, energy and focus of many people today. It seems everyone is constantly fretting every terrible thing that could or has befallen them, from a simple bungled social interaction to their own demise. The fallen world is certainly a scary place, but is all this worry truly necessary?
Do we really need to waste the time God has given us for prayer and worship with overthinking and nervous thumb-twiddling?
Do we really think that our lives can be improved through these worrisome thoughts?
Will any of this change the will of the Lord?
It is foolish of us to think that we can, metaphorically, call God down into such an idol. One that can be controlled and manipulated. So that we might know everything in His plans and be able to make requests as we see fit.
This is not how we are called to treat our God. He is not a wish granter. He is not easily swayed. Yet, we act as though our worrying might have an effect on His plans for us.
Why do any of us behave as though this is the case? In the midst of the chaos that permeates the fallen world we live in, we humans strive for control. And in our attempt to garner even an inkling of such control, we lose our sense of gratitude. We take for granted everything the Lord has provided us with so that we might fret the day away. Losing sight of God and His love for us slowly turns us into pessimistic, unloving and unfeeling people.
What a terrible way to live.
Father Stephen DeYoung says "All worship has a transformative effect on the worshiper,". Worshiping our own wills and letting our anxieties have free reign over our minds negatively transforms our souls. We become bitter. We become paranoid. We grow more pessimistic and are less present at times of prayer, times of joy and even times of sorrow. This is not God's intention for our lives.