Posted: November 08, 2016
“Dear Lord, I need a bigger house, more time for the things I want to do, and I need you to help my coworker to stop being a jerk. Oh, and please fix my grumpy spouse and take away this pain in my back and also, I could use a raise because money has been pretty tight lately. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Wait a minute…that’s not exactly how I meant for it to come out…
(Or maybe it is!)
Either way, I think we’ve all been guilty of these kinds of prayers before, focusing entirely on our needs and forgetting to praise God for his greatness or thank him for his mercy.
But what if we made a point to shift our prayers and start with declaring God’s greatness before moving on to our requests? What if we shifted our perspective off of ourselves and onto God’s majesty first?
Check out Psalm 8.
Declaring God’s greatness and glory first in our prayers can shift our perspective to see our problems in light of His majesty, making our problems seem less overwhelming. We are reminded that the one who made the stars is in control, and no one is greater than our God!
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.”
- 2 Chronicles 20:6 NIV
Lord, we acknowledge that no one is like you. You are mighty, majestic, glorious and all powerful. Thank you that you care about my needs, but help me to give you the praise you deserve before presenting my needs to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.