Celebrating God through Prayer

aplpc“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:1-3).

To celebrate means to honor or praise publicly.” God deserves honor and praise more than anyone or anything else. The great Scottish preacher Alexander Whyte used to counsel his hearers to “think magnificently of God.” People who think magnificently of God, calling to mind his greatness and goodness, cannot help but celebrate God and declare his praise.

To celebrate God means at least three things:

First, it means recognizing God for who he is. God’s glory is his majestic splendor shining out so it can be seen and known. When we glorify God, we don’t give him anything. We don’t add luster to him. That’s as impossible as it is to add splendor to a sunset by viewing it. But we can gaze in wonder at a sunset, and similarly we can behold in awe the beauty and glory of the Lord.

Second, it means loving God for who he is. This means laying aside our concerns, our demands, and our prayer lists to focus on God and to enjoy him. Nothing does more to quell pride, self-centeredness, and selfish desires than to focus beyond ourselves on God alone.

Third, celebrating God means giving God the only thing we can offer him – our loving, praising hearts. He already has everything else. He is totally self-sufficient and needs nothing from us. But God does ask us to give to him our hearts, our love and our adoration. When we do, he is pleased and blessed.

Praiseworthy God, I honor You for all that You are. Thank You for revealing Your glory and for giving Your people reasons to boast about You. Help me to see Your majestic splendor more fully so that I may enjoy and love You more with each day that passes.

–Adapted from Be Jesus in Your Neighborhood: Developing a Prayer, Care, Share Lifestyle in 30 Days by Alvin VanderGriend. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

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 Prayer Points

Praise God, the one who keeps you in perfect peace (Isa. 26:3). Give thanks for peace which is far beyond your understanding (Phil. 4:7). Confess that you sometimes look to the world to bring you peace rather than to God. Commit yourself to living in peace with others (1 Thess. 5:13). Ask God to give you a peaceable spirit.

Jesus promises to give his peace to those who believe in faith (Jn. 14:27). Pray for one unsaved person you know to receive Jesus’ precious peace.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

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