Posts Tagged ‘praise’

Three Parts of Prayer

August 12, 2014

Three Important Parts of Prayer

1 Chronicles 16:4: David appointed the following Levites to lead the people in worship before the Ark of the LORD by asking for his blessing and giving thanks and praise the to the LORD, the God of Israel.

How should we pray? What should we pray about?

The verse we look at today offers us some keen insight. In it, King David told the priests to pray in three specific ways in the temple.
1. Petition. That’s bringing requests to the Lord. “Jesus, please do such and such for so and so.” “Lord, help me study well for the test tomorrow.” “God, enable me to play well in the game this afternoon.” You make a request for yourself or others, and God answers.
2. Thanks. A second element of prayer is thanksgiving. You thank God for answering your prayers. You thank him for helping you. You thank him for being your friend. It’s not hard at all. God has done something good in your life. You thank him, just like you would your mom or dad.
3. Praise. An important dimension of prayer, this is where you let God know how great you think he is. “Lord, praise you for your love. I couldn’t live without it.” “Father, praise you for being the great God of the universe. You are the best.” Praise is perhaps the highest form of prayer, because it’s us giving God our love and adoration.

Do you use all three elements in your prayer life? Try it today. After you make a request, thank him. And after you thank him, praise him. It’s a good pattern to follow.

Prayer: Jesus, please make my prayer life blossom. I want to learn to pray well. Amen.


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God Deserves the Best

June 20, 2014

God Deserves the Best


1 Kings 8:10: As the priests came out of the inner sanctuary, a cloud filled the Temple of the LORD.


Does God deserve the best from us? Our best praises? Our best service? Our best love?


            King Solomon thought so. He wanted to build God a place to live on earth. It would be the most magnificent temple ever built. He called for the most skilled workmen. He paid for the best gold, silver and wood. He commanded the whole nation of Israel to work on the temple with all their hearts.


It took years. But one day it was done. The greatest temple the world has ever seen was finished. In fact, Solomon’s Temple is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, along with the hanging Gardens of Babylon, the pyramids of Egypt and the Colossus of Rhodes. Solomon outdid himself.


Was God pleased? You bet. God came down and dwelt into the holy of holies deep inside the temple. There, a cloud filled the temple, shining and glorious. This was to be God’s home on earth.


Solomon’s Temple has long been destroyed. But God has other temples to live in. Do you know what they are? The hearts of his people. God makes our heart his home while on earth. Have you given your heart to God for him to dwell in?


Why not tell God right now that you want him to make a temple of your heart? That you’d like him to live inside you?


Prayer: Jesus, come live in my heart and make it your home. Amen.