This will be my last post on January’s Thread of Prayer.
After my Bible reading last night I was constantly thinking about the Praises spoken in Revelations. Where each group would say something after an angel spoke or woe was pored out. Each time something different happened something was sang or shouted. Each time it was in unison. I don’t know if you have been in a basketball arena where the winning shot was at the last second. The crowd goes crazy and the noise is unbelievable. But the noise is a lot of different noises, not in unison. There might be “no’s” shouted just as there is “yes’s” shouted. There will be “yea’s” shouted and just plain screaming. Then add in the whistles and cow bells. It can scare you, just thinking and wondering if the building will crumble around you from the shaking of the bleachers. You see joy, you see unbelief, you see tears. So, what will you see in heaven if you are one of the ones that are there before the great coming?
Since I want to be one of those that get to witness it, a burden was placed on my heart that I do not do enough praying with just praise. It seems my prayers are consumed with this or that’s. There is not enough verses in my prayers that just affirm who the Father is to me.
So how do I remedy that? I personally will be having a prayer each morning to say something in a praise form. Not a thank you for letting me see another day, but a praise. Just think about when you are in the shower, what thoughts pop in your head? Do you think about what your day has in store for you? Do you dread trying to get everyone out the door easily? Are you thinking about that drive into work? Could this be the time that you acknowledge the Lord’s glory? This can be the perfect time to put a positive spin on your day, and we all can use a ‘positive’ every morning.
And when you do a prayer of praise I hope you just use this prayer as an affirmation of His glory. Not using it as a prayer of Thanksgiving, but one for just praising His wonder. You might be wondering how to do this. How to keep the other things you normally put into your prayers out. Borrow from the Bible, is what I always recommend, ya can’t go wrong.
In Revelations we have the affirmations of who the Lamb is: Rev. 1:5, ‟And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”
We also know He said about himself that, ‟ I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:” (verse 11). Again, in verse 17 and 18 he reintroduces Himself: (vs.17) “ … Fear not: I am the first and the last:” (vs.18) “ I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
And in chapter 4, did the four beast not continually say, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (vs. 8) Then the elders worshiped with, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (vs. 11)
Then in chapter 5, as The “Lion of the tribe of Juda,” the Lamb, took the book with the seven seals they sang a new song. Verse 9, “ … Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (vs. 10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” And “the many voices” were saying “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” (vs.12) Then every creature of the world continued with “ … Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” (vs. 13)
In verse 9 and 10 of chapter 7, we have the great multitude that could not be counted crying with a loud voice, “ … Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Then all fell before the throne, saying: “Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” (vs.12)
In Chapter 11 we read of the elders again saying “ … We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee they great power, and hast reigned.” (vs. 17)
Then in chapter 15 we have those standing on the sea of glass and fire singing a song of Moses and the Lamb. Verse 3, ‟ … Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4) Who shall not fear thee , O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: …”
We read in Chapter 19 starting at the beginning, ‟… Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: (vs. 2) For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. (vs. 3) And again they said, Alleluia …” The “Alleluia”, “Amen”, and “Praise our God” continues, as they still should.
So how simple is that? Here is my prayer of praise.
Alleluia, Thou art worthy, O Lamb, to receive glory, honour, power unto the Lord our God! Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. Praise unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood. Worthy is the Lamb, great and marvelous are Thy works, Father Almighty; for You are just, and true are Thy ways. Amen.