Have you ever felt like something was missing from your prayer life? I have. I was praying for others, asking for forgiveness, and being thankful, but it seemed like something just wasn’t quite right.
After some searching, I discovered that praise was a missing aspect in my prayer life. When I began adding in praise to my prayer time, an amazing thing happened. I began to have an entirely different focus that really impacted my thought processes for the better.
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There are many ways to praise God which are as various and unique as the individuality He has created in all of us. But no matter how we do it, we’ll find that at the core of praising God is recognizing and thinking about His character. When we do this, some very important things begin to happen.
Praise invites His presence.
Praise forces us to take our eyes off ourselves.
Praise helps us understand who God is.
Understanding His character gives us hope helps bring peace.
When we understand Who God is, we find our true identity.
Praise makes the enemy flee!
If we take a look at what follows (2 Peter 1:4) we gain another valuable insight about prayer. Here is the whole passage:
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)
This verse (2 Peter 1:4) tells us:
- Through His glory and goodness, He has given us great and precious promises.
- Because of His promises we can participate in His divine nature.
Can you imagine that? God allows us to participate in His very own nature!
But what exactly does that mean?
If we dig into the Greek root words that are behind our English translations here is what we find in regards to the phrase “you may participate.”
To find the full meaning of this phrase, we have to use two Greek root words – ginomai and koinónos.
- The word ginomai means to come into being and implies motion, movement, or growth.
- The word koinónos refers to a participant who mutually belongs and shares fellowship.
If we take those definitions we might be able to explain the deeper meanings of this verse in this way.
Through His glory and goodness, He has given us His very great and precious promises. Through these promises, we grow and come into being as we fellowship with Him and share in His divine nature.
Because of God’s promises, (the greatest of which was the promise of His Son, Jesus), we are invited to share in having the very nature of God! This is a pretty amazing thought, isn’t it! He is ever so much greater than we are, and we do not deserve His love or salvation, but even so, He loves us so much that He offered all of that to us anyway. He wants us to spend time with Him. He wants us to experience His love. He wants us to come into being as we fellowship with Him! This means that we take on His morals and values as we spend time in prayer and the reading of His Word. Our nature changes to be more like God’s nature as we spend time going learning and growing and moving deeper into our spiritual walk with God. We were born as sinners, but we are saved from sin when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This changes everything for us and helps us have thoughts and actions that are morally pleasing and in alignment with the will of God.
These are all things that can happen through PRAISE. Praise is observing and thinking about the divine nature of God. We know He is truth. We can depend on Him and rely on Him in every situation. There is nothing too hard for God. Ever.
So let’s look at how to praise God using His very own words. It is an easy thing to do, and you will see it’s positive effect if you implement this strategy in your prayer life.
There are so many verses to choose from in the Bible that tell us about the character of God. I have chosen 31 of them to make an infographic (Unlock the Power of Praise) and a printable (31 Days to Unlock the Power of Praise) that you may find helpful. You can use either of these to help you develop the habit of praise in your prayer time. You can find printable versions of both of these in our Resource Library along with other prayer and Bible helps to add to any prayer notebook.
Remember, praise is a perspective-changer that will have you looking up and relying on God!
Focus Verses and Sources
The verse references inside this article are linked to Bible Hub where you can find free and helpful resources for further study. *I found the Greek word meanings for words inside these verses using HELPS Word-Studies which can be found on this page and this page at biblehub.com.
How have you found that praising God helps your perspective? What is your favorite way to worship God?
Dear Father, We ask You are worthy of all praise. We ask You to help us learn how to praise You through Your word. Fill our minds with the truths of who You are. Help us to depend on You and rely on You in every situation. Fill us with Your majesty and help us know how deep your love is for us. In Jesus name, Amen.
Next week talk about that little guilty feeling we sometimes have when we pray for ourselves. There are so many others that need our prayers! Spending time praying about our own needs seems selfish, but is this how God feels about it? We’ll learn how to choose seven life verses that will make a difference!
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