Prayer and worship are the same

It is interesting when the scriptures offer a plain rebuke for something I am not sure we generally know better than.

Alma 33:2 And Alma said unto them: Behold, ye have said that ye could not worship your God because ye are cast out of your synagogues. But behold, I say unto you, if ye suppose that ye cannot worship God, ye do greatly err, and ye ought to search the scriptures; if ye suppose that they have taught you this, ye do not understand them.

3 Do ye remember to have read what Zenos, the prophet of old, has said concerning prayer or worship?

I think if I was to ask “Where do we go to worship god?” we would generally answer either “the temple” or “church” without hesitation. But that is apparently the wrong question. There is no where that is required, because prayer and worship appear to be essentially the same thing.

These people are upset that they cannot worship. Alma answers treating prayer and worship completely interchangeably, quoting an extensive scripture on prayer to answer their question about worship.

He seems to expect them to understand that, for he says they “greatly err” and “ought to search the scriptures” if they do not understand the matter better than that. Which is interesting, because I do not think that we do.

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