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Begin Your Prayers with Praise

Prayer and Praise

When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, he gave them a model prayer. Today this prayer is often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer. It gives us an outline for talking to God in prayer.

Jesus began His prayer by saying:

“Our Father in heaven, we honor your holy name” (Matthew 6:9, TLB).

He began His prayer with praise. 

We connect with God in prayer when we begin by praising Him. Praise is simply thanking God for who He is. It means to esteem Him, to value Him, to acknowledge who and what He is. Or another way of thinking about it is that praise is simply bragging on God. “God there’s no one like you! You’re so good and faithful and merciful.”

Why do we begin prayer with praise? Because when we praise God it gets our focus off ourselves and onto God and gives us a correct perspective.

When Jesus began His prayer, He talked about God’s name being holy. In Biblical times, there was a close association between a person’s name and his identity. The name symbolized the person and represented his character.

Did you know God has many names? The Bible reveals the character of God through the names it uses for Him. Through these names, we learn that:

  • God Is Present With Me
  • God Is My Shepherd
  • God Is My Provider
  • God Is My Healer
  • God Is My Peace
  • God Is My Victory

Taking time to meditate on the name of God reminds you who He is and what He has done for you. And when you’re reminded, you can’t help but have your love for Him stirred up—you can’t help but worship and adore Him.

That’s why we begin prayer with praise.

The book of Psalms is an excellent place to start when praying. Many of the Psalms were written simply to praise God.  As you’re reading, you might want to mark in your Bible all the names and attributes of God that He is showing you. (The book of Isaiah is also particularly rich in the names of God.) You might also like to read the Psalms aloud. It will help you voice praise to God in prayer.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:4).

A Moment of Worship: “God Be Praised”

You Hold it All
God Be Praised
from You Hold It All by New Life Worship

 

Question: When you pray, are you beginning with praise?

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