Praise the Lord!

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In the Model Prayer (commonly known as The Lord’s Prayer) Jesus taught us to begin our prayers by praising our Heavenly Father.  "This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name...’”  (Matthew 6:9).  God is worthy of our praise and out of respect for His holiness and majesty we should praise Him.  When we praise our Heavenly Father we acknowledge His exalted position.

I believe that there is another reason to begin with praise whenever we come to Him in prayer.  Praising God also puts us in the proper position.  We seem to be most fervent in prayer when we have problems or troubles to deal with.  When we are dealing with those sorts of things we usually are in a negative state of mind.  We often come before God in a state of anxiety, worry, fear, or apprehension.  Those are not resourceful states of mind.  When we’re consumed by those types of feelings we are at our least creative position.  It’s hard to see solutions if all you’re looking at are problems.

 

Albert Einstein once observed, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”  By beginning our prayer with praise we move our focus off of our problems and refocus our thoughts on God.  Beginning with praise instead of rushing into God’s presence with our complaint list raises our awareness to a higher level.  It changes our attitude and puts us in a better position to recognize the answers to our prayers.  As we voice our praise to God for His goodness and power it increases our faith and reduces our fear.

 

The answers to our problems are not down in the valley of negativity, but up where God dwells.  Put yourself on the plus side of life.  Begin your prayers with praise.  God is worthy and deserves it.  And you need a break from wrestling with your problems.  Go where the answers are.  Praise the Lord!