Prayer – Praise
Guest Post: by Trista Pagel
The first divider of my prayer binder (using the mini accordion file) is for Praise. Why do we start our prayers off giving glory and praise to God? First of all, because that’s what Jesus did. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” Second of all, because He is worthy. And another reason among many is to humble ourselves before the Almighty Creator.
So this is where you will begin putting your note cards to use. Write down verses that praise God on individual note cards (with the reference) and put them in the first divider. I also write down favorite quotes about prayer and keep them in this section also. When I begin my time of prayer, I will pull out 3 or 4 praise verses/quotes from this section to remind me that God is worthy of our praise. Here are some of my favorite praise verses I like to pray over:
2 Samuel 22:50 Therefore I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations: I will sing praises to your name.
Revelation 7:10 and 12 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the lamb.” “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!”
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 13:5-6 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me.
So everyday, actually every time we pray we want to begin with praising His name and giving thanks. Be thinking about things that are so important to you that you want to pray for them everyday. Tomorrow we will talk about daily prayers.