“Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense,
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
This was the Son, asking the Father, for our sakes, to replace worship in ceremonies with worship in spirit and truth. God answered His Son’s prayer, but for it to happen, the Son first had to come to earth and pay the awful price of the cross.
To worship in ceremonies denies that God ever answered the Son’s prayer. Ceremonial worship is a testimony that the Son prayed that earnest prayer of Psalm 141:2 in vain. But every time we worship in spirit and truth, we are part of God’s answer to the Son’s prayer, and living testimonies to God’s love for His Son.