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There is so much to prayer beyond simply asking God for all that we need in this life. When we trust in Jesus, and subsequently praise and worship Him for all that He is, we are surprisingly and profoundly filled with hope for today and eternity, we encounter sublime peace, and we receive abiding joy. The reverse is true as well: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, praise helps us trust God, Our Creator, through Jesus Our Savior. Trust in Him!
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
For praise unlocks an abundance of hope and deep inner peace as we acknowledge the greatness of Almighty God in our own lives, for all of humanity, and the universe at large. It is vitally important to acknowledge God in our lives through prayer BEFORE we ask for what we need. Then, while waiting for His answer to our pleas, we are far more prepared to wait in confidence for His answer to our petitions.
This prayer practice is essential to the realization of inner peace and hope-filled joy, even and especially in times of adversity. To pledge allegiance to the Almighty before asking Him for anything is not only prudent and wise - it sets the stage for Him to answer our prayers in a way that we can embrace and understand.
No, it is not a given that we get everything we ask for in prayer as we want it to be but God, according to Scripture, "Works all things for good for those called according to His purpose" [Romans 8:28].
I don't know about you but I am so glad that God is in control of my life. Yes, we all have God-given free will but when we choose to hand our lives over to God and walk with Jesus Christ, what a difference it makes in our perspectives and our attitudes toward things. Clearly, a positive attitude and openness to God's leading makes us more whole, more alive than ever before. It is easier to forgive ourselves and others for sins of omission and commission, to believe in healing, and seek God's protection and comfort when needed. It takes the sting out of disappointment(s) when we realize we are not alone and trust that God has His hand in what has transpired or is transpiring.
Only our Omnipotent God has the full picture of our lives and of those around us. Due to His loving kindness and mercy for us, we can only assume that He is at the helm working out the best outcomes for us all. And what tremendous hope, peace, and joy that realization brings!
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