Prayer of Praise
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!” - Psalm 34:1-3
When we pray, it’s easy to immediately jump into our long list of needs and burdens. While that isn’t necessarily wrong, I do believe it’s beneficial to begin with praise and thanksgiving. Jesus when teaching us to pray started with, “Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name” - He started by recognizing and acknowledging God’s Holiness. It does us good to start our times of prayer with God by recognizing and praising God for His Greatness and goodness.
Even in the New Testament, we see prayer and thanksgiving continually linked. Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.”
So today - let's have our minds and mouths continually praise God for His goodness. Take a moment to pray and just praise God for who He is. Praise Him for His Holiness, for His power, for His goodness, for His kindness, for His mercy. Maybe go outside and soak up the beauty of Spring for a moment, and then Praise Him for His beauty and creativity seen in the blossoms and flowers of this season.
Today, let His praise continually be in your mouth.