“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.”
1 Chronicles 29:11 (NKJV)

As I bowed my head to pray the Lord’s prayer one day, I began as Jesus said, “Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” I then began listing the characteristics, virtues, and names of God that came to my mind. In that brief moment, I realized why God commands us to glorify His name.

It’s not for God’s benefit. He knows who He is. It is for our benefit. It reminds us of who God is because, let’s face it, we tend to be forgetful. We get so focused on our lives, our problems, our hopes, and dreams, that we forget who God is.

God is the greatness, the power and the glory of this world. His is the victory and the majesty of heaven and earth. The earth and the kingdom of heaven are His. His name is exalted above all because He is holy and sacred, He is mighty beyond imaging, He is perfect in every way.

When we start our prayers by praising God, we set ourselves up for a more meaningful connection. Not because God needs praise to talk Him into loving or blessing us. But because we need to remember who we are praying to.

We are praying to the God of all creation. We are praying to Jesus Christ who died for us. We are praying to the Holy Spirit who resides within us. We are praying to the God who loves us and provides all we need.

Praising God when we start praying doesn’t help God decide if He’s going to listen to us. Praising God when we start praying sets our mind on the truth of Who God is so that we can hear Him better. Our hearts settle down, our minds focus on the One with the answers, our souls wait quietly before God.

Over the past several days, I’ve been distracted, my mind has had trouble focusing on God in my prayer time. I’ve felt scattered and fractured. God brought this reminder to me that when I feel too fractured to pray, I need to stop focusing on the world around me and spend some time just praising God for who He is.

My connection to Him is instantly stronger and more clear. My heart is more attentive to His voice. And the frantic chaos swirling inside my mind becomes still when I simply begin stating who God is.
God is my hope. My healer, my Savior, my Teacher. God is the Light of the World, the strength of my life. God is my Shepherd and my Provider. God is the creator of the universe. The maker of all things. God is my Maker, Redeemer, and the Potter who is working me into a masterpiece.

I can’t see what the future holds, but the maker of the future holds me in His hands. And now I can simply breathe and be still in His presence while He settles my soul. In the stillness, I can hear Him more clearly. I can be filled with His comfort, hope, and peace.

Whatever fight you are in, whatever circumstances are coming against you, whatever has your mind racing, pause, praise God at the beginning of your prayer time and be filled with wonder as Your creator meets with You.

Father, we thank You for granting us the privilege of speaking with you. We thank You that You are always waiting for us to slow down and turn to You. Help us to remember who You are as we come before Your throne with praise and thanksgiving. Help us to quiet our souls so we can be still before You to receive the gift of Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Spread the spark of hope everywhere you go,

Michelle

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