Prayer and Praise

Prayer, praise, and worship are important and critical parts of the well-lived Christian life. There are all kinds of prayers, and it is simply the act of talking freely with our Father, the Lord God, in open communication of what is on our hearts. We pray for provision and security. We pray for direction and wisdom in the midst of life’s challenges. We pray for healing and for salvation for ourselves and those we love. In his first address to the Thessalonians, Paul implored them to “. . . pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)  Too often, though, we are only driven to our knees when we are in a trial, or need some of God’s providence. Remember, too, the verses that proceed and follow that one. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; and in everything give thanks.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4)

I always think of my favorite old hymn when discussing prayer (be glad you can’t hear me, because I am singing it now). “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.” Yes, we need to cultivate the habit of carrying everything to God in prayer–all the time. We need to remember to pray and praise Him about the good things He gives us, as well as implore for help and deliverance. I find that regularly adding the Psalms to my daily reading to be a great exercise. This wonderful collection of poetry represents the prayers, praise, and thanksgiving of the authors (mostly David) and is a delightful way to make your heart right every morning. Prayer, praise, and thanksgiving become a critical exercise for living a bold Christian life. “O Satisfy us in the morning with your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Psalm 90:14)

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15

That being said, it is important to be willing to pray for each other; and this site would not be complete without an option for prayer requests.

I will be available as much as I can to personally agree with you in prayer. In the comments section below you may leave prayer requests and praise reports. I hope other readers will also take up the challenge to be praying for you. In everything, I implore you to read closely and commit to the tenets of Romans 12 in your dealings with all our brothers and sisters in Christ. As we promise to lift each other up in prayer, be aware that many are in trials and seeking immediate relief. The focus of this web site is to encourage believers to fully live the abundant life through boldness in their walks. Intercessory prayer is a large part of that, but a large part of it is also to learn more about our Lord and Savior, and the power, strength, and wisdom He provides through the reading of His word and seeking His will in prayer.  So I want to say a few things about the requests that are sure to be added here.

  1. Keep an Eternal Perspective:  Romans 8:18 reads, “For I consider the sufferings of this current time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us.”  Read aloud David’s prayer in Psalm 16, especially verses 8 through 11.  Suffering is often the result of living in a world of instant gratification that has no eternal perspective.
  2. God’s Wisdom and Timing:  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor my ways your ways, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8)  Peter tells us that a day with the Lord is like a thousand days (2 Peter 3:8).  Our Father has all eternity to set things right, and we do too if we abide in Him.  He works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
  3. We Live in a Fallen World: Our world is not part of God’s original creation plan (See Genesis 1 and 2).  Since the fall of Adam, it is like an alien intrusion. Yet, we have great hope.  Creation will be restored (Revelation 21:1).  We know the end of the story.
  4. Consider It All Joy: It is often hard to feel joy when you are in a trial, but God promises He is with you always, and will reward your perseverance.  This passage from James 1:2-12 always brings me great peace when facing various trials. Read it!

Please leave your prayer requests, praise reports, and thanksgivings in the comments section below.

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