How Can I “Praise God” in My Prayers?
By: Rik Cramer | © 2019
I always start my prayers with praising God! Why do I start this way? Because God is worthy to be praised first and foremost for who He is. He is our Creator, He is love, kindness, and He is salvation for the world! He left His throne in heaven, lived a sinless life, and died a horrific death on the cross for me and for you.
He’s not only my Savior and Lord, but He is also my friend. Why would I not praise him for all these things?
There is a difference between thankfulness and praise. Thankfulness is celebrating what He has done for me and others in my life. Praise is when I honor God for who He is. This is worshipping God above all!
Hebrews 13:15 teaches, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” This is a verse I read aloud, which is a great reminder for why I start with praise.
After reading this verse, all the different attributes of our God flood my mind and I begin worshipping our Savior. This time of worship often leads me into a time of singing. I love to choose songs that are specifically about Jesus and the power of God.
I sit in my kitchen, with my coffee in hand, and listen to worship music to encourage my soul. My focus is completely on God. I love songs like Hezekiah Walker’s “Every Praise”:
Every praise is to our God
Every word of worship with one of accord
Every praise is to our God
Sing Hallelujah to our God
Glory Hallelujah is due our God
Every Praise is to our God
Starting your morning with praise to God for who He is prepares us for the day ahead. If you start with this, be prepared for excitement and energy—it will happen! When we see life from the perspective of our Creator, we can take on the struggles of our day from His perspective as well. I’m encouraged to see the difference in your day when you start it off in praise!
Below are some other recommended verses you can use in your time of praise each day. Also, remember to check out the article “How Can I ‘Pray Without Ceasing’?” for an overview of how to pray more effectively.
Verses for Praise
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.