logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Christian Living Site

BellaOnline's Christian Living Editor

g

Begin Prayer with Worship


As Christians, we like to pray. God the Father is the giver of “every good and perfect gift” (James 1:16-18 NIV) so we can always come up with our list of requests and often present them like a Christmas list. And we should, because we are told that “by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.“ (Philippians 4:6 NIV) However, how often do we take time, before our list of requests, to worship our Creator, the Giver of good gifts? Many of us think of worship as the worship music in church led by the worship leader. The worship I‘m speaking of is not at church but at home, alone, and on our knees. It is time to put off the “I wants” until we pray back to God who He is. The result is reminding ourselves of why He is worthy of worship and why He is capable of answering every prayer and petition.

Are you not sure what to say? Try this as an exercise in worship.
Open your Bible and choose a passage. Almost any passage will do because the Bible is all about God. Read your passage more than once, even three of four times - each time picking out the attributes of God. What does each verse say about our Heavenly Father? Underline or make a list of each attribute or description you find.

When you begin your prayer time, use your list to pray His qualities. As an example, I chose Colossians 1:1-14 and found these attributes. You may find even more. I will begin my prayer with:
  • (vs.2) You are holy.
    You impart your holiness and faithfulness to us through Christ.
    You are the giver of grace and peace.
  • (vs.3) You are the Father.
  • (vs.4) You enable us to love each other.
  • (vs. 5) You give us the hope of eternal life with you in heaven.
  • (vs. 6) You are the giver of gifts that we have not earned and cannot pay for.
  • (vs. 9) You give us spiritual wisdom and understanding that gives the knowledge of your will.
  • (vs. 11) You are enormous and powerful and you strengthen us with your power.
    You enable us to endure every difficulty with patience and joy.
  • (vs. 12) You qualify us to share in the kingdom of light.
  • (vs. 13) You rescue us from the dominion of darkness.
  • (vs. 14) You are our Redeemer. You are the Forgiver of sin.

Beginning your prayer time with worship may take more time than you have allotted in the past, but you will find the extra five minutes will be immensely more rewarding than simply telling God how needy you are.
You may even decide to just worship and save the requests for another time.



A Walk With the Women of the Bible
EBook by Lynne Chapman

Join me in getting to know some amazing
women of the Bible
while we extract valuable insights and
lessons from their lives.

Now available for Kindle under new title
A Walk With EVE

Also available in paperback from Cafe Press.

Names of God Ebook

Almighty God. The Creator of heaven and earth.
Our God is given names in Scripture that
describe the characteristics of His personality.
Experience God through the names given Him in Scripture.

Add Begin+Prayer+with+Worship to Twitter Add Begin+Prayer+with+Worship to Facebook Add Begin+Prayer+with+Worship to MySpace Add Begin+Prayer+with+Worship to Del.icio.us Digg Begin+Prayer+with+Worship Add Begin+Prayer+with+Worship to Yahoo My Web Add Begin+Prayer+with+Worship to Google Bookmarks Add Begin+Prayer+with+Worship to Stumbleupon Add Begin+Prayer+with+Worship to Reddit



 



And When You Pray
Prayer for New Believers
Prayers That Get God's Attention
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Christian Living Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
talk
Talk to Editor
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Lynne Chapman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lynne Chapman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lynne Chapman for details.

g


g features
The Symbols of Halloween

Where Did Halloween Originate

The Sustaining Word of God

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor