Nancy Leigh DeMoss (now Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth) (Reviveourhearts.com) in 2012 hosted a radio series on prayer and surprisingly, today, August 25, 2016, she is currently hosting a series on The Lord’s Prayer. Now I am a firm advocate of prayer, (prayer does indeed change things!), but I am also an advocate of asking God to teach us how to pray and of asking the Holy Spirit as to what we ought to pray. There is so much to pray for these days. Even if we pray selfish prayers, there is still so much to pray about in just our lives.
As I journey in this life, I find myself asking God more to teach me how to pray in His promises; how to seek and find those promises in the Bible that relate to my current situation, to my family’s situation, to our nation’s situations, and to show me in great clarity, how I am to live a life that is holy and pleasing to Him. Above all, these days, a desire of my heart is for Him to ‘love’ me as He ‘loved’ David; to bestow upon me (and mine, and ours, and yours) great favor, not only in finances, but in health and opportunities, services to Him, compassion, talent, a foundation that doesn’t shift (both in my soul and on my home!) and for his will for my life and my kids and family, and above all – to be the apple of His eye.
Before we pray, we must praise. This year, I am learning to Praise God before I pray, all during the day and night. I am learning to thank Him for all that He has done. I am learning to thank Him for the simple things in life – like breathing (how often do we take breathing for granted?). I knew I needed to praise Him and I indeed praised the work of His hand in my life and in the lives of those around me, but now I am learning to really praise Him and Thank Him for all that he does. At this point in my life, I can look back, look around, and see how truly, without question, how good God is!
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, we thank you and we praise you for all that you do, for all that you are; for all that we are in you. We praise you and thank you for the past works in our life. Let us always consider what you have done previously in our lives and in the lives of those who are near and dear to us. We thank you for your everyday provision, your protection for us from every evil, every harm, your guidance, and your will to be perfected in our lives. We thank you that you not only hear our prayers, but that you answer them. In all that we do, in all that we say and think, let us glorify you! In your name, Jesus, we pray, Amen.
Initially submitted via email on September 20, 2012.