Before we pray, before we petition our Lord or ask Him for anything, we should thank Him and give Him praise. The first words out of our mouths and hearts should be, “Lord, I praise You and thank You for all your blessings in my life.” A grateful and thankful heart prepares us to come into His holy presence and opens up the windows of heaven through which blessings will fall.
In Old Testament days, it was considered an arrogant intrusion to enter the presence of an earthly king without first bowing down to his majesty, praising his greatness and authority, and thanking him for the privilege of his audience. Since God is our Creator, our Savior, and our King, doesn’t He deserve the same honor and respect?
Acknowledge how much He has done for us. Not only has He sacrificed His only begotten Son to pay the penalty of our sins, but He has also has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Colossians 4:2 also tells to be “watchful” and alert when we pray. Alert for what? Alert for what God has to say to us. Prayer is not a one-way communication. God will also speak to us, as we speak to Him. If we are not alert for His still, small voice, we might just miss it. He has something new to say to us every day. Have you heard Him speak to you lately?
Let us worship the King of kings, and Lord of Lords today! Let us enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and His holy courts with praise. Let us bless His holy name and ask Him to give us fresh new revelation and guidance. Amen.
– Luis Josephus
“Enter in His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” – Psalm 100:4
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” – Ephesians 1:3
“Devote yourselves to prayer. Be alert and thankful when you pray.” – Colossians 4:2