Prayer of Praise – Insights from God’s Word
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see -- kings, kingdoms, rulers and authorities. Everything has been created through Him and for Him. He existed before everything else began, and He holds all creation together. - Colossians 1:15–17
Prayer of Praise - Glory, Glory, to You, My King
Prayer: I fill the air this morning with praises -- shouting loudly my gratitude to my King who makes all things possible. Everywhere I look this day I see evidence of Your Presence, and everywhere I look I see the hearts of your created ones reaching our their arms and shouting, "Glory, glory to You, our King! Who never changes, who stands by the oppressed and who heals the brokenhearted." Voices are coming together all over the land in songs of praise for the glory of the Lord is near, and He is in His heavenly place lovingly looking out for us.
There is nothing that can stand against You, and there is nothing that will bear deeper abiding fruit than living in Your will. You are above all, above reproach, and at the very heart of Your nature beats the heart of a glorious King whose beauty is unsurpassed -- as is the greatness of His being. I look into Your face and I recognize Your Hand on my life. I see the moments in my life when I struggled to even hear you. I see the moments when I was blown away by the nearness of my King. -- and I am in awe.
I have cried out and yearned for Your Presence in my life, and I have searched Your Word to find my answers. As I bow in prayer today I am recognizing my need to not falter or sputter. I recognize my human nature which sometimes cries out for relief. I am humbled to see that Your love and compassion is so great that it even encompasses me and my struggles. I am not worthy!
You are Wisdom -- You are Truth. You handle the mighty, and You look after the weak. You make sense out of our struggles, and You shine a light on all our broken parts. You promise healing and You restore the lost. Everything got started in You and finds its purpose in You. You will not be ignored, and You will not leave us alone to struggle in our selfishness. I look at You and acknowledge Your Presence, and I shout praises of thanksgiving.
You seem to be taking Your children into a deeper, more intimate journey with You. You seem to be igniting sparks of passion all around the world and in my own back yard. You are telling us to relax and stop worrying over every little thing and to rest in the truth that You are God. You hold the reins of control that will soon be released against the evil presently controlling our cities, countries, and families.
You are making things clear to us, and You are reminding us to stay the course, to persevere, and we will soon soar on eagle's wings. You are our refuge and our strength. You remind me every day now that I am as close to You as I choose to be, and You challenge me to pick up my cross and follow You -- daily.
I ask You today, my King, to help my brothers and sisters who are in bondage to fear. You have reminded me in Your Word that "The one who fears is not made perfect in love." Free us from these fears and replace that fear with the sure knowledge of Your love and compassionate mercy. Show them that Your ways are far greater than anything they can possibly imagine, and that Your power and strength will get them through. Help them to turn these fears over to You and trust You for the results -- which will surely be freedom.
Help them to reach out to You in their desperation to be set free. Help them to recognize the true passion of their hearts and shine Your great light of wisdom and knowledge on their confusions. Your love is so great and Your heart for Your people is beyond our comprehension to fully understand.
You call out to us today, telling us to come and sit at Your feet and be refreshed. You call us today to be at peace in Your Presence and to recognize all that You are doing everywhere all around us so we can see the magnitude of Your power and be put at ease in our relationship. Remove whatever pride or ego that still exists, and set us aside so we can worship at Your feet and be renewed ourselves.
I ask You to accomplish a deep work in us. I ask You to anoint Your people through the Holy Spirit and give them penetrating strength of character. Thank You that You are in the business of restoration and that Your church is being raised to its proper place where the fullness of Your truths will be revealed and the darkness destroyed. To You be all the honor and glory!
Prayer of Praise – Making it Personal
Reflect: What better way is there to spend your life than revealing through your life the glory of our God. Have you ever fully comprehended God’s intention to use you to reflect the glory of His Son for the entire world to see? Do you sell yourself short because of your fears, or do you hold yourself captive by closing your eyes to the possibilities of eternity living -- right here, right now? I urge you to not waste any more time. Put Christ first in your life and seek His Face for all your confusions. He wants to free you and release you into a new anointing power where you fulfill that which got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.