Praising him with prayer...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Prayer is more than just our requests, and us telling God what we need. Prayer should be a conversation of love between you and your creator. Imagine your best friend only calls you to say “I need…”, “I want…”, “Poor me…”. Imagine if that friend never did anything more than complain about what they had and were never satisfied with what we did for them. Needless to say they probably would not be your friend for too long. You would feel unappreciated and used. 

Thankful we don’t have a God that will pawn us off because all we do is complain to him, or because we are always wanting more. It’s a good reminder though that prayer is our conversation with God. It is what we use to communicate and build a relationship with. Prayer not only can be used as a means to ask for things we need: “‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins'” (Mark 11:22-25). It can also be used as an act of worship. 

The Apostle Paul starts off most of his Epistles with “I thank God always…”. The Psalms tell us to “Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with Praise.” It is SO important to give credit to God for His greatness, and to praise him in our prayer. Even Jesus in his model prayer says: “Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be they name….” Hallowed: (hagiazo, Greek) simply means to make holy. Jesus taught us to praise God in our prayers. 

So remember that the next time you pray not to get so wrapped up in your asking, that you forget to give the Glory to God for his Awesomeness. Let us give thanks...

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