If you can spend the first 10 minutes in prayer declaring His greatness with thanksgiving you will find a significant increase of life and faith in prayer.
I recently tried this. I focused the front-end of my prayer time by reading Psalm 145:3-7 and declared the greatness of the Lord. I simply reflected and agreed with the verses below.
Psalm 145:3-7 “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. 6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. 7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness.”
As I read these verses I meditated on “His greatness”, His “glorious splendor,” His “wondrous works,” His “awesome acts” and His “great goodness.” I remembered His miracles, the testimonies of others and His goodness and faithfulness.
My spirit came alive to Who I get to partner with in prayer. He is my Heavenly Father, the Most High God, the Miracle Working God who is doing mind-blowing things. I come to a greater belief that all things are truly possible with the Lord.
Then I read the last part of Psalm 145:14-19.
Psalm 145:14-19 “The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season. 16 You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. 18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.”
The writer of the Psalm can pen these words because he spent time reflecting and declaring the greatness of the Lord, first. When we meditate on greatness both faith and hope become real for our own lives.
WHY SHOULD WE PRAY IN THIS WAY?
- Praying from the place of greatness creates a focus on God’s faithfulness, goodness and power.
- Praying from the place of greatness gives us a right perspective. God is God and the problems we face are not. There is nothing He cannot do.
- Praying from the place of greatness releases faith, hope and confidence when we pray.
I would urge you to just give it a try. Start today. Read Psalm 145 before you pray. Briefly meditate on verses 3-7. After you spend about ten minutes declaring His greatness in thanksgiving THEN begin to make your requests known to God.
Let me know how things go.
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