40 Days of Prayer – Acknowledgement and Gratitude

Do you have a pattern to your prayers? Jesus gave us the best possible scheme for talking to the Father through the Model Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.  Notice the first sentence carefully. “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Day 5 – As you pray will you acknowledge God’s greatness?
What do you notice? Before we intercede, petition, cry or say anything else we must first acknowledge the one to whom we speak.  I find that no matter what state of mind I am in when I first verbalize how grateful I am that God is sovereign I feel a greater sense of propriety to my prayer.  It is not about me, and even at my core when I am hurting and want comfort there must first be a word of gratitude to the Father.  For over three years now when I begin my prayers in the morning I begin with a line from a poem by e.e. cummings:  “I thank you God for most this amazing day”.  Put your focus first on Him and be amazed at how your heart grows.

Re: Verse reading–Luke 5:12-26.

Author: Aaron Hufty

Aaron Hufty is the Associate Pastor for Worship and Music at FBCSA.

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