Thursday, October 06, 2016

October 6, 2016: Praise First in Prayer

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 280  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the group Hillsong singing live … Praise Him, powerfully declaring their praise in song and music to the Almighty One, … Our Lord, … with praises to the King of kings.

Highlight Passage: 2nd Chronicles 6:12, 14 [NKJV] …  
12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all … 14 and he said, “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You … 
… Solomon opens his prayer, dedicating the Temple to God, by praising his Lord and God. 
Highlight Context: 2nd Chronicles 6:12-21 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Solomon showed the balance of praise and supplication in his prayer of dedication. 

Reference Passage #1 … Psalm 135:1 [NKJV] …  
Praise the Lord! … Praise the name of the Lord; … praise Him, O you servants of the Lord! 
… The Psalmist starts his prayer in song with praise to his God.

Reference Passage #2 … Matthew 6:5-13 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus in his model prayer for disciples acknowledges first the praise to the One in Whom we worship when we come to pray.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Jennifer Schuldt, used the biblical reference to a prayer of King Solomon to illustrate our need to prioritize our praise before asking for His providence. She wrote: King Solomon’s temple dedication prayer shows this balance [i.e., between praise and petition]. Solomon began by highlighting God’s holiness and faithfulness. Then he gave God credit for the success of the project [i.e., building the Temple] and emphasized God’s greatness, declaring, “The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain You. How much less this temple I have built!” (2 Chron. 6:18). 

When we pray (and I assume we, do), dear one, where do we place our priorities? When I was a newbie Christ, a mentor, helping me to learn how to pray, taught me a much used acronym (“ACTS”) to help me learn how to order my prayers. And as you know the first letter, “A,” in that prayer helper is ”ADORATION;” and it’s what we need to put first in all our prayers, praising God [just as the group Hillsong sings in the linked song today].

When Solomon prayed his prayer of dedication of the Temple he had built for God, he began his prayer praising God (see highlight passage above from 2nd Chronicles 6:12-21). When Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray, His “disciples prayer” began by praising His Father and lifting the name of our God above all other names (see Matthew 6: 9).

Yes, we can (and should) come to God with our needy prayers (on your own - Phil. 4:6-7 and 1st Pet. 5:7); but the priority of our prayers always should be that of the Psalmist in Psalm 135:1 (above) … to praise the Name and person of our God.

So, join me today in doing just that!!

My Prayer Today: Lord, we come to praise You as our God … as our Messiah … as the King of kings and Lord of lord! We praise Your Holy Name!!! Amen  

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