Start with Praise

January 11 | Matthew 6:9

“Pray, then, like this, “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9)

Throughout the centuries of Christian practice, many pray The Lord’s Prayer word for word. While There Is Nothing wrong with this, Jesus may have intended it as a template, a model for prayer.

The opening calls us to praise God and lift him on high. Many people start their prayers with requests. But Jesus starts with praise. Why? When we praise God first, we realize his greatness.

We put God above our requests. We make him greater than our concerns. Our problems aren’t impossible for him. Even more than that, praising God shows us God is greater than us too. It gives us proper perspective.

God relates to us as our Father. He cares for us. Our cares matter to him. He is in heaven, above everything that happens on earth. He can handle anything we bring to him.

It’s all about him and his name, his reputation. Our prayers aren’t about us. They’re about aligning ourselves with our Father.

Action Step: Start your prayers with praise to align yourself with God. It’s not about you. Glorify God and see him as he rightfully is. Requests and petitions can wait. Soak in God’s presence.

Heavenly Father, you are worthy of my praise. You are greater than my problems. I come to enjoy your presence, not to ask you for stuff. Everything else can wait as I bow at your feet.

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