John wakes up on a Sabbath morning watching the sunrise through his window above his bed. “Beautiful colors, peaceful morning” he says to himself. He goes about his business getting ready for church. John has been asked to offer an opening prayer for the worship service and, minutes before, he begins to formulate his prayer so that he doesn’t “mess it up.”
We all have some sort of routine in our homes, at church, at school, and countless other places. You might notice that even our “fancy” prayers every week at church have a routine built right into them. “Father, thank you for this and thank you for that…and help this and help that…” Sometimes we even insert fancy vocabulary that masks up the routine monotony in our prayers.
At potluck, John smells the wonderful casseroles being placed on the table. He offers a quiet prayer of excitement and true thankfulness before he eats. John gets it!
Pray because you are motivated by who God is and what He does in your life! Forget about grammatical accuracy in your prayers! Forget about fancy vocabulary and space-filling words! Dwell on God, His power, His providence, and His love! Offer prayers at church, at school, and in your home with your entire being, with all you have, and truly, truly praise the Lord!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
Praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
Praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
Praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord! – Psalm 150
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.