Protection (Deliver us from temptation)
Read: Philippians 4:4-9
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. Not only do I anticipate the same menu my mama has cooked for forty-something years, but I love coming together to pause and celebrate our blessings. I don’t know about you, but focusing on God’s goodness makes me grateful and also fills me with a sense of peace. If only every day were like Thanksgiving.
Have you ever wondered why praising God is the first thing Jesus taught us to do in The Lord’s Prayer? Certainly He DESERVES our praise, but does the God of the universe really need our praise? So many times I think God’s instructions are about what I am supposed to do for Him, but somewhere in the process, I realize that it’s really about what He’s doing in me. Could it be that Jesus began The Lord’s Prayer with praise to set the tone of our hearts? In today’s scripture reading Paul tells us that when praise shapes our prayers, we will experience “a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good.”
Today marks the thirteenth day (almost half-way) in our 30-day prayer challenge. How is your prayer life coming? Has it been an adjustment to begin your prayers with praise instead of racing into your petitions? Has beginning your prayers with praise impacted your time with God or your day? How? You may still be in process like me, but don’t give up - God is working in you for your good and His glory!
Pray: Father, thank you for the perfect example of prayer that Jesus gave us. Thank you that when I follow Your ways, You work things out for my good. Teach me how to praise You every day. Show me all the good things in my life that are from You. In Jesus’ name, amen.