Praise and Prayer

1 Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.

2 O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come.

3 When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.

David was a soldier so we know that he was valiant, strong and mighty. But David was also a worshipper! David didn’t have a problem praising God. It is a beautiful sight to see men praise the Lord. He also didn’t hesitate to pray to God. David understood his sin problem and knew that to have a right relationship with the Lord, he had to repent of sin. Some people don’t have a problem with praise – but they lack in the area of prayer. Others may not have a problem with praying – but lack in the area of praise. Praise and prayer go together and both can be areas we fall short in – especially with the presence of sin. Sin is a deterrent to praise and prayer.

What does your praise look like? Do you take opportunities to praise God for His faithfulness, for His lovingkindness, just for who He is and what He’s done in your life? Do you recognize on a continual basis how blessed you are despite what you don’t have or what is going on around you?

What does your prayer life look like? Are you constantly communicating and in fellowship with God throughout your day? Do you talk to Him more than you talk to anyone else, realizing that He desires to fellowship with you, listen to you, guide you?

I’m sure we all have some improvements to do in both of these areas, but know that the two work together in providing us with a  rich, full, relationship with our Father. If you are having extreme problems in either or both areas, check yourself for unrepented sin. Remember that God is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

c/2008 Candie A. Price

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