More about Prayer!

Luke 11:1 Lord, teach us to pray…”

That request came from Jesus’ disciples. They noticed that there was something powerful and uniquely different about their Lord. They noticed that when He prayed, something happened.  So in their desire to be like Jesus, they asked Him to teach them how to pray.

After this request from the disciples, Jesus taught them how to pray:

 “…When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…” Luke 11:2

Notice this prayer starts with PRAISE. If you desire to have an effective prayer life, take time to praise and worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16). Praise and worship actually produces an atmosphere of faith. The secret to successful prayer begins with praise and worship.  The Lord dwells in the praises of His people.

As you are committed to developing a daily habit of prayer, I encourage you to follow the perfect example that was given to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Psalm 7:17 “I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.”

Psalm 9:1-2 “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”

Psalm 69:30-31 “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.”

Psalm 118:28 “Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.”

Hebrews 13:15 “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

This week, may we incorporate praise and worship into our daily prayer time. Why? Because God truly is worthy of all praise and worship.

Our Father which art in heaven, we praise You today for being our Shield (Psalm 115:11) and our Sure Foundation (Isaiah 28:16). We praise You for being the mighty God (Isaiah 9:6) and our Maker (Psalm 95:6). We praise You for being the God of all comfort and grace (2 Corinthians 1:3 and 1 Pt. 5:10). You are the Bread of Life (John 6:35) and the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). You are the Creator of all things (Colossians 1:16). You are the Lord God Almighty (Revelation 4:8), and we praise You.

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