God Centered


Praise should always precede our requests for God’s blessings. Not there’s anything wrong in asking a blessing from God. There’s not. Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” — but only after praise: “Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done….” No, asking favors from God isn’t wrong, but it shouldn’t be the primary part of our prayers, or we become like greedy little children: “Gimme this! Gimme that!”. Those prayers are essentially selfish rather than self-giving. They don’t fulfill either the First Commandment, to love God with all our heart, or the Second, to love our neighbor as ourselves. The Apostle Paul put it in this perspective. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). Notice the phrase “with thanksgiving” tucked in there with “present your requests to God.” It’s essential to keep prayer God-centered rather than self-centered. It’s also the key to praying with real faith.

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About ljpinnock

I am a 4given sinner saved by the blood of Christ.
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