Are you full of praise?
When God answers your prayers, do you praise Him? Do you just carry on with life, as if He’s just given you what you deserve, or do you go to Him saying, “Praise you, Lord, for your great work and provision?”
The two concepts of this article are contained in the above question that was posted to the Two Minute Theology Facebook feed a while ago. There are two ways we can respond to answered prayer, gross indifference, or humble praise and adulation to our Father for His work. I know that for me, a lot of times, I’m not even paying attention enough to actually realize when God has actually answered my prayer, and that is tragic.
One of the ways that God really talks to us is when He gives us what we ask for. I’m not necessarily talking about asking God for a sweet new ride, and then, magically, one ends up in our garage the next morning. No, I’m talking about properly structured prayer and supplication (the gritty details of which will have to fit within another article!). When we pray for things, we should be asking that God’s will be done. “Father. I really want that car, and I will work towards that, but if that is not your will, I will honor that as well, and accept that with understanding.”
See – when we don’t immediately receive a solid, clear answer to prayer, we can miss that answer completely. Where are areas that you’ve asked God for something, and he’s answered it, just not… perhaps… in the manner in which you imagined? Are you still willing to praise Him in that situation too?
Pray that God would open your eyes to all forms of answered prayer, that you would come before him in adoration and singing His praises!
9:1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. (ESV)