The place of prayer is not only a place for asking God for things but also for thanking God for things. It is when you thank well that you can ask well.
SCRIPTURE: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Prayer is the platform for the offering of thanks, Praise and worship to God.
It has been established that the understanding of the subject of prayer is key to maximizing the benefits of prayer and living an outstanding life on the earth. Prayer is of multifaceted dimensions. One of such dimensions we earlier mentioned in a previous study is that prayer is the offering of thanks, praise and worship to God (Matthew 6:9b)
Now, we shall explore some key thoughts on prayer as thanksgiving, praise and worship:
1. The objective of prayer is not only petition and supplications but also adoration and submission. “…hallowed be thy name…” (Matthew 6:9b) implies the prayer of adoration and submission.
2. Prayer is not just a place to approach God for what He can do; it is a place to approach God for Who He is. (Matthew 6:9b).
At the place of prayer, we offer thanks, praise and worship to God not only because of what He has done but also for Who He is.
3. Prayer is not just a place for asking; it is a place for thanking (Matthew 6:9b).
The place of prayer is not only a place for asking God for things but also for thanking God for things. It is when you thank well that you can ask well. If you notice the order or sequence of prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, you will understand that thanking precedes asking. That is, “…Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…” precedes “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread”. So, until you thank well, you can’t ask well. Until your thanking is acceptable, your asking is not welcome. There are many “askings” without “thankings”. And God is wondering why it is so.
What is my counsel to you today? Ensure that you thank God always, not only because of what He has done for you but also for Who He is to you.
Remember this: Prayer is the platform for the offering of thanks, Praise and worship to God.
1. Make up your mind not only to ask for things at the place of prayer but to thank God for what He has done.
2. Offer thanks, praise and worship to God always for Who He is.
3. Worship God consistently.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive the grace to thank, praise and worship You always for Who You are to me. Thank You Lord, for Your faithfulness in my life, in Jesus Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: UNDERSTANDING PRAYER (PART 2).
DAILY BIBLE READING: Psalm 97-99.
QUOTE: To be unthankful is to be foolish. Culled from “21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO” by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: While snakes do not have external ears or eardrums, their skin, muscles, and bones carry sound vibrations to their inner ears.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The garment of praise is released upon your life in Jesus’ Name.