A few years ago when my step-kids were in high school at Shawnee Mission North, I participated in a weekly Moms in Touch prayer group. Moms in Touch is a wonderful ministry that encourages moms with school-age children to regularly gather together to pray for their school, teachers, administrators and their kids. There was a specific model for prayer that was followed so we always began our prayer time together with Praise. We praised God for who He is. Thanksgiving was separated out from praise so the opening part of the prayer time was focused solely on praising God for who He is.
This week, let’s remember to spend some time praising God for who He is before we jump right to supplication. Jumping immediately to supplication (for myself and for others) is often my tendency unless I discipline my thoughts. Here is just a small sampling from the Bible of ways we can praise God for who He is. Praise you God for being: a faithful God (Deut 32:4); a forgiving God (Neh 9:17); an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1); the God of grace (1 Peter 5:10); my light (Psalm 27:1); and our refuge and strength (Ps 46:1).
In your Bible reading this week, find dimensions of God’s character that you can use in your prayer time. Write them down in a journal or notebook and add to your list. Let us know if your prayer time is enhanced by beginning your prayers with praising God for who He is.
Laurie Barnes is the Pastor of Prayer and Congregational Care at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.