Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Word of the Day... September 24, 2013...

Start with Praise

Therefore the Lord said: "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men."  —Isaiah 29:13

Did you know that it is possible to say your prayers but not be praying? We can run through our ritualized requests and not actually pray. Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees, "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me' " (Matthew 15:7–8). Not all prayers are offered to God.

You can sing praise songs and send up prayers to God but have no thought of Him. Do you know why? Because you are thinking about you. Or, you are thinking about someone else and the way they look or thinking about how good you may look.

Jesus told the story of a Pharisee who went to the temple to pray and "prayed thus with himself" (Luke 18:11). That Pharisee's prayer didn't go any higher than the ceiling because for him, it was all about putting on a show. As a result, his prayer wasn't heard by God.

Yes, our prayers need to be offered to God. It is very important for us to remember that we are talking to God Almighty. Therefore, it's a good idea to slow down and contemplate the awesomeness of God. When I do this, my goal is to get my will in alignment with His. Prayer is not getting my will in heaven; it is getting God's will on earth. And when you know God and spend time in communion with Him, you will know what God wants.

It is okay to bring your needs before the Lord. But start with praise and adoration and get a sense of the awesomeness of God. The more you realize how great God is, the smaller your problems will become in His presence.

As I read this I was so touched by what Pastor Greg Laurie wrote here.  God wants all of us not just little parts of us that we rush through just so we can click it off of our list of things to do.  He loves us very much and like any great relationship we need to spend time with Him.  Talk to Him like you would talk to anyone as you go through out your day.  Never forget that He loved you so much that He sent His Son to die for you on the cross.  When we get to the place where we can share all of our life with Abba in love, praise and deep reverence for who He is.  I truly believe that He will bless us greatly!  God bless you!!! 


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