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“To live with ‘continuous awareness’ in each moment is an art that requires practicing.” Abraham Heschel complements these words: “The art of awareness of God, the art of sensing His presence in our daily lives cannot be learned off hand.” Leighton Ford, The Attentive Life
“Worship prayer involves praise, giving glory to God for who God is, and thanksgiving, giving glory to God for what God has done. Praise reminds us of the character of God. Thanksgiving reminds us of what God has done.” Mary Kate Morse, Guidebook to Prayer
A prayer of praise reveals a heart AWARE of God’s blessings.
Approach #1: We EXPRESS our gratitude. (Ephesians 1:15-16)
We are grateful for our COMMON faith in the Lord Jesus.
We are grateful for our COLLECTIVE love toward all the saints.
Reorientation: The Father of glory UNITES us.
Approach #2: We EXTEND our petitions. (Ephesians 1:17-19)
That HE may give us knowledge.
The Spirit of WISDOM and REVELATION.
That WE may know what He offers.
The hope of God’s CALL.
The riches of God’s glorious INHERITANCE.
The greatness of God’s POWER.
Reorientation: The Father of glory ENLIGHTENS us.
“Once we have marveled at his magnitude and mystery, we are able to achieve the deep intimacy that grows out of a true appreciation for who God is. Instead of treating him as an equal, we approach him with reverent awe. Only when we’ve been awestruck by his majesty can we be overwhelmed by his love.” Drew Dyck, Yawning at Tigers
Approach #3: We EXALT our Savior (Ephesians 1:20-23).
We praise him for His RESURRECTION.
We praise him for His ENTHRONEMENT.
We praise him for His HEADSHIP.
Reorientation: The Father of glory ELEVATES Christ.
A prayer of praise reveals a heart ATTENTIVE to God’s blessings.
“To hear words of praise to God from our own lips helps us to recognize our distance from God. Yet paradoxically these prayers also take us into his presence. As we proclaim both to God and to each other how far he is above us and beyond us in his wisdom, power and purity, a sense of his closeness to us is repeatedly given.” J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom, Prayer