A Sunday Prayer

On this Sabbath Sunday, I am taking a break from the Morning and Evening Prayer series that we began journeying through together a couple of weeks ago. I hope you are being blessed by this intentional focus on prayer and that it is helping you grow in your spiritual walk. Personally, I know delving into this study of prayer has enriched my daily prayer life.

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Have you ever wondered why we, as Christians, observe the holy day on Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, it’s true. The Sabbath was historically practiced on Saturday prior to the Resurrection. Sometime after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the church began observing the Sabbath on Sunday because Jesus rose from the grave on that first Easter Sunday.

My prayer for you today is simply that you would bask in the glory of God and rejoice in His goodness. He is SO good to each of us. Today, may you be blessed during your special time of worship focused on Him. He LOVES us beyond comprehension. As you prepare for the week ahead, may you be filled with love, joy, and peace. Be a bright shining light wherever the days ahead lead you. Amen.

The Devotional Guy™

This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it!

This is the day of the Lord;

our Savior, Christ, is risen!

He has conquered sin and death,

the power of love has overcome,

and God has given us the victory!

Hallelujah!

An Old Church Prayer based on Psalm 118:24 and 1 Corinthians 15:55-7 

Reference:

Ashwin, Angela (2002) The Book of a Thousand Prayers. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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31 Days of Praise | Day 1 In the Beginning

In our contemporary culture, we talk a lot about prayer and worship but not a lot about praise. We pray for rain, yet fail to praise God when He brings us the rain. And how exactly do you fully worship God without praising Him for what He has done, is doing, and continues to do? While visiting my Mom’s home church in East Texas, I ran across “31 Ways to Praise,” a handy bookmark developed by Bob Hostetler to help followers of Jesus utilize Scripture to praise God. So, starting in October, the month before the holiday season, I have decided to devote the next 31 days to focus on praise. I’ll rely in part on Bob Hostetler’s praise starters, hoping to build upon them.

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God is praiseworthy because through Him all things that are made were made. He created everything from nothing.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

God is the ultimate life-giver, who breathed life into us and the universe we inhabit. Because of that, we must sing praise to the Lord Almighty. He is the God of Wonders.

You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:6 (NIV)

As you go through your day today, remember to praise Him in all that you say and do. Reflect His greatness through your words and actions. Treat others with the love He showered upon you. Give grace and extend mercy. Be kind and generous. Be joyful, committing your work to the One who made you.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

Worship Wednesday: Prayer & Worship

Prayer and worship are gifts God has given us that allow us to grow in our relationship with Him. They go hand in hand. Prayer is a direct line of communication with God. God communicates with us in our prayer time with Him. When we pray, we share what’s on our heart and on our mind. We ask Him to work in our lives, to help us in our walk, and to provide us with what we need to do His will.

Prayer is a time of making requests and supplication. Prayer is a two-sided conversation. It involves talking and listening. As I’ve said before, God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. We should always strive to do more listening than talking. This is especially true in our relationship with God.

Psalm 99:5 

Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He.

Prayer and Worship

When we worship God, we are showing Him the reverence He alone deserves for what He has done and is doing in our lives. We come to God with a contrite and humble spirit, recognizing that He deserves our praise. The Lord delights in our praise. Worship demonstrates our love for the One who first loved us while we were yet unlovable.

Psalm 29:1-2

Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.

Actively participating in prayer and worship are signs of a healthy, growing relationship with our Creator, the Lord Most High. Prayer and worship help us take full advantage of all that the Lord has to offer us and receive all that He desires to give us. He is for us, not against us. He delights in us. He, in the person of Jesus Christ, went to the cross for us. God gave us His beloved Son so that we could experience abundant life in His presence forever. This is what fuels our prayer and worship of Him.

May His peace go with you.

The Devotional Guy™

Psalm 77:13 

Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God?