My Grace-Full Life

6.28.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Always Praise

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• When this blog turned a year old, I changed the platform a little bit.
Instead of being a daily “prayer prompt,” it switched to a “praise & prayer prompt.”
Then, at the end of each devotion, there’s always some kind of prayer of thanksgiving.
I believe in the power of praise.
But just because I believe it doesn’t mean I’m always great at applying it.
It’s an ongoing effort.
And some days, it’s easier to praise than others.
But we aren’t told to offer praise just when things are good.
We’re told to praise in all circumstances.
The Stormie Omartian book I read from every morning (“The Power of Praying Through the Bible”) had a passage on praise and she wrote, ”God wants you to exalt Him and not your problems.”
There’s a mic-drop for ya!
She went on to write that it’s not about ignoring our problems and pretending they don’t exist, but it’s about praising God as being bigger and stronger.
When we acknowledge that Truth and trust God to use whatever challenges we face to strengthen our faith and make us more like Christ, that’s a praise-worthy moment!
David was brilliant at praising God through every circumstance.
So when you don’t know where to start or you’re too overwhelmed to praise, turn to Psalms.
We have two signature verses today.
The first is Psalms 100:2, “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
And the second is Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”
When we begin our time with God with praise in our hearts, we are empowered.
We know Him better and when we praise Him first, we invite His presence into the situation.
We’ve all heard the truth, “There’s power in prayer.”
Well, Friends—there’s also power in praise.
Today, as you pray, thank God for being worthy of all praise.
Thank Him for the future promise that one day, every tongue will confess and every knee will bow before Him and that you will be a part of that praise and worship experience.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you praise in all circumstances.
Ask Him to direct you when you don’t know where/how to begin.

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