Adjusting our Focus – Matthew 6:9 & Psalms 100:4
I don’t know about you, but for me too much of the time when I start to pray I sound like a revised version of the beginning of many of David’s Psalms, like 70:1-2 “Please, God, rescue me – NOW! May my boss be humiliated and everyone I don’t like at work be put to shame.”
Since even David started many of his prayers like that, I think God understands, but note that David doesn’t stay there, and neither should we.
Psalms 100:4, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” When we pray we are not calling in to some self help TV talk show, we are walking into the very presence of God Himself, the Creator and Sustainer of all life. The only honest response is Praise and Worship.
This isn’t trying to impress God, or anyone that is listening, with big words or flowery speech (see verses 5 &6). But this is responding honestly to God’s Holiness, Power, Majesty and Beauty. This is praising God for what He has done and worshiping Him for who He is.
If you are in a place like we all get sometimes, where you are really struggling to praise God or Worship him, try this: Hold your breath as long as you can (not till you pass out), then inhale deeply and enjoy it. Now you have something to praise God for, one more breath. Our ability to worship God is not dependent upon our circumstances, it is determined by our focus. As you pray today focus on HIM.
When you finish praying write down here what the Lord is teaching you: