Praise: A Response to the Greatness and Goodness of God

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

The greatest discovery that a person can make is found in a knowledge of why he was created. In the same way, the greatest tragedy in life is for one to live without knowing why he was created. Value and worth are directly related to purpose. A car that does not transport is worth little because it does not do that for which it was created. A pen that does not write is useless because it does not accomplish its purpose. A person that does not fulfill what he was created for is the most miserable of all people.

–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit

Loving Creator, You have had a plan and a purpose for me since before I was born, and I am grateful that you have not left me to fend for myself.  Keep my feet on Your path alone so that I will fulfill my destiny that is planted in Your heart.  Holy Spirit, give me wisdom and discernment, and help me to listen carefully to Your voice moment by moment.

Prayer Points

Praise God for the fullness of life he brings, from blessings of old age to a community filled with playing boys and girls (Zech. 8:4-5). Give thanks for your own physical and spiritual life. Confess any ways in which you regularly waste moments of your life. Commit yourself to diligent self-control. Ask the Holy Spirit to produce this part of his fruit (Gal. 5:23) in you.

Pray for someone you know who is going through especially difficult times without the comfort of God. Ask God to use you in drawing that person to himself.

Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.