Getting My Praise Back in 2016

getting my praise back in 2016Have you ever taken the time to listen to how you sound when you pray? Have you ever TRULY listened to how you deliver your requests to God? Recently, I have started really listening to my tone when I pray, and y’all, I did not like the way it sounded.

I always have a long list of wants, needs and complaints that I bring to God. I realized that, instead of praising Him and calling on His Name for help, I was giving Him an itinerary for my life. I was tell Him what I wanted and when it needed to happen. I may have said, “If it by Your will, Lord,” but I knew that, at the same time, I was also saying, “I’ve had my life planned since I was 8, and this is how and when it needs to happen, God. Chop-chop.”

I had gotten to a place where what I was wanting, was more important than the praise I needed to give Him. When I started to listen to my prayers, I started asking myself, “When did I lose my praise? Is He not worthy? Do I not love Him enough?” I had become the friend that only ever talked to my best friend when I needed something. You know the friend, the one who never calls to just hang out, the one who never texts just to tell you that they are thankful for you, THAT friend, the one who only communicates with you when they need your help.

My husband often tells me that I am a push-over, and that I have many friends that only talk to me when they need help, so I should know better than anybody what it is like to be treated in such a way, but there I was, treating God the way I hated to be treated. I never prayed just to say thank you. I never knelt at the alter just to give Him the glory He deserved. I did those things when He worked in my life, but not just because He IS good.

There are days that I do spend just in awe of our Heavenly Father, but I know most days I take Him for granted. After all He has done in my life, I give Him 5 minutes in the morning and 5 and night, and maybe 3 before each meal. I give God on average about 19 minutes a day. 19 minutes a day to the One Who hung the stars. 19 minutes to the One Who knows the number of hairs on my head. 19 minutes to the One Who saved my soul from hell by taking my place on the cross. 19 minutes a day. And how did I spend most of those 19 minutes? I spent them telling God what to do with my life. I didn’t spend it thanking Him for what He has done for me. I didn’t spend it giving Him the glory for all He has done in my life. No. I spent it telling Him what to do with my life. I spent it complaining about things that He hasn’t done for me yet. I spent it telling Him what was best.

If there is anything that I have learned this year, it is that God knows best. He know what He’s doing and He doesn’t need any input from me. He wants us to be obedient, and to truly be obedient, we have to relinquish all of our wants, needs and complaints to Him. We need to focus on giving Him the glory for all He has done in our lives. We need to give Him the glory for it all!

If He never did another thing for me, I can’t complain because He is good, and He has blessed me abundantly.

My New Year’s Resolution is to spend my prayer time praising Him more and worrying about myself less. He wants us to bring our petitions to Him, but He also doesn’t want to be the friend that gets used and abused by us. He wants to supply our every need according to His will, but He also wants to spend quality time with us through prayer and His Word. He wants us to tell Him that we love Him. He wants to be the person you tell everything to, not just the person that you complain to or the One you go to just when you need His help.

I’ve always heard preachers say that when life is going smoothly, people pray less; when life gets rough and bumpy, people pray more. Why is that? Maybe we forget that God wants to know that we love Him. He is a jealous God, and He wants our full attention, not just weekend visits.

My prayer is that I praise God more, and complain to Him less. My prayer is to become a better Christian wife and mom, and to be an example to my family and those around me. I am getting my praise back in 2016! Who’s with me?!

Comments

  1. Well said Katie! Thank you for this!

  2. Kelley Green says:

    Well put! Thanks for sharing and encouraging myself and others by writing this.

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