One of the first things I notice in these prayers is the immediate focus on the character of God. I may take the time to thank Him for certain blessings, but I soon launch into my “Honey Do” list of things that need God’s attention. The heroes of faith, however, understood the importance of rehearsing God’s character. How else could they be assured of His ability, His power and desire to act on their behalf?
Consider this from David when he was delivered from his enemies: The Lord is my Rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation. The Lord is my stronghold, my refuge, and my savior. From evil men, He saved me. (2 Samuel 22:2-3)
And from Nehemiah: Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commands. (Nehemiah 1:5)
They’re worth committing to memory, just to remind ourselves of who God is and why He is worthy of our honor, praise and worship. And while we’re at it, we might want to start our prayers in a similar manner.
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