Daily Devotional–Tuesday, March 30, 2021
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15, NIV)
When we pray, do we praise? It is an essential part of the time we spend with God. Unfortunately, it is easy to develop the habit of reducing our prayers to a list of needs and wants. Asking God to work on our behalf or for others is very much a part of prayer, but it can’t make up the bulk of our conversations. How would your friend respond to you, if every time you rang them up or messaged them, it was for a favour? “Hi, _____. Can you help me with _____? And my friend could really use _____. Thanks”…end of conversation.
Our times of prayer must first acknowledge the wonderful privilege we have to be able to ask our Sovereign God for anything. The fact that he is even willing to hear our prayers is nothing short of a miracle. By his grace and never-ending love, we can talk with the Creator of the Universe as we would a loving parent. It is right and needful that we praise God; when we don’t, we risk taking this amazing privilege of being able to speak to God Almighty for granted. God wants to hear from us; he also wants us to hear from him. Reducing God to the function of a gold VISA card—by whipping him out only when we need something—puts us at risk of not being heard by him at all.
Today, when you pray, take a moment to remember to whom it is that you are speaking. Praise him! Repent of the ways you have mistreated your relationship and demeaned his awesomeness. Thank him for his generous work on your behalf. Present your needs and wants. And don’t forget to stop and listen before pronouncing the ‘Amen.’ God isn’t interested in a monologue. His desire is for regular dialogue with each of his children!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!