Christian Living
Praise-Enhanced Prayers
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Nov 26, 2017
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Do you sometimes struggle with the right words in prayer? Or do you wonder exactly what to pray for? You are not alone. But God will empower you for meaningful prayer as you begin to praise Him. Praise reflects our acknowledgment of all that God is and all that He has done, is doing, and has promised to do.

Praise sets the stage for prayer that is focused, specific, and powerful. And the more we praise God, the more we realize that not only does He know about our needs, but He also desires to provide all that we need. God wants us to ask Him to meet our needs, not so that He'll become better informed about them, but so that we will become more aware of what is truly burdening us and tugging at our hearts.

Praise sets the stage for prayer that is focused, specific, and powerful.

By praising God for being all-powerful and all-merciful, by praising Him for his patience and forgiveness, we realize that He is already supremely concerned about and fully capable of handling any petition we could ever make.

One of the questions I hear most about prayer is, "How can I know if my prayer requests are within the will of God?" We begin by finding in God's Word the promises that God makes to all believers so that we can focus our prayers on them. Then we can make our petitions in light of the things that count for eternity and praise God for His indescribable gifts. And as you develop a lifestyle of praise, you will become more aligned with and attuned to the will of God.

Prayer: Father God, You have promised in Your Word that You love me and that You understand the struggles that I face. Help me to remember these Truths during trials. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord" (Psalm 117:2).