Prayer & Praise Corner April 21, 2013

Because He turned His ear to me I will call on Him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:2)

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.(James5:16)

Love is a child of gratitude. Love grows as gratitude is felt and then breaks out into praise and thanksgiving to God. Answered prayers cause gratitude, and gratitude brings forth a love that declares to never stop praying. Gratitude and love move to larger and increased prayer.

Consideration of God’s mercies not only creates gratitude, but leads to a large consecration to God of all that we have and are. Thus, prayer, Thanksgiving, and consecration are all inseparably linked together.

To desire something is not merely a simple wish. In the realm of spiritual affairs, it is so important that one could almost say desire is an absolute essential of prayer. Desire precedes and accompanies prayer. Prayer is a verbal expression of desire. Prayer comes out into the open. Desire is silent. Prayer is heard. The deeper the desire, the stronger the prayer.

Without desire, prayer is a meaningless mumble of words. Such uninterested, formal praying, with no heart, feeling, or real desire, is to be avoided like the plague. Its exercise is a waste of precious time, and no real blessing results from it. 

Prayer requests: Pray for our church family that God will continue to bless each of us. Pray for those in our church family that are facing difficult challenges in health, relationships, mental health, and faith. Pray for guidance in our search for a treasurer. Pray for our Session as it leads us forward. 

Prayer: Dear Lord God, I praise You because I have been fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank You for loving me. All that I desire is to worship You. Please guide me that my prayers will be accompanied by a strong desire to do Your will. Amen.

Prayer and Praise Corner

Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. (Psalm 95:2)

In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

Prayer, praise and thanksgiving all go hand-in-hand. A close relationship exists between them. Praise and thanksgiving are so near alike that it is not easy to distinguish between them or define them separately. The Scriptures join these three together. Many are the causes for thanksgiving and praise. The Psalms are filled with many songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving, all pointing back to the results of prayer. Thanksgiving includes gratitude. In fact, thanksgiving is but the expression of an inward conscious gratitude to God for mercies received. Gratitude is an inward emotion of the soul, involuntarily arising therein, while thanksgiving is a voluntary expression of gratitude.

Thanksgiving is oral, positive, active. It is the giving out of something to God. Thanksgiving comes out into the open. Gratitude is secret, silent, negative, passive, not showing its being till expressed in praise and thanksgiving. Gratitude is felt in the heart. Thanksgiving is the expression of that inward feeling. Thanksgiving is just what the word itself signifies – the giving of thanks to God. It is giving something to God in words which we feel at heart for blessings received. Gratitude arises from a contemplation of the goodness of God. 

Prayer requests: Thank God for the wonderful Easter services we received and for family that shared it with us. Pray for those that make decisions for flood preparedness, that they will make wise decisions. Pray for the Korean situation, that it will not escalate into an all out war. Pray for those without work and are having difficulty finding work. 

Prayer: Father we come to You with thankful hearts for all that You provide for us. We thank You for Your wonderful creation. We continue to be amazed at how so very complex You have created us so much alike but so very different. Help us to express our gratitude to You through prayer. Help us to be ever mindful of Your presence in our lives.We ask this in Your most holy name. Amen.