21 Days of Seeking God – Day 4

By on 18/05/2017

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PRAISE BEFORE PLEASE

 

Do you ever feel stuck for what to say to God? I know that I do and if I am not careful, my prayers end up being just about asking God for things. Mature relationships have more aspects to them than just asking for what we want and need.

 

I once decided to spend some time listening to people who say prayers in groups and what I noticed is most prayers were asking God for things such as health, relationships, financial matters, jobs, disagreements, etc. Their prayers were just like my prayers.

 

While there certainly is a place for putting our needs before God, a healthy relationship is much broader in its scope.

 

The Scriptures tell us to praise and worship God. Realizing that I fell into the “asking only” trap all the time, I started writing down some phrases to say to God that caused me to concentrate on God, His nature and character and not just my needs.

 

What I discovered is that these phrases often catch me reflecting on that particular aspect of God. I found myself far more able to seek God when I took my eyes of myself.

 

In The Catholic Guy Ministry we have rule that simply says, “Praise Before Please.”

 

Below are a few examples. Sometimes I read them all at once and other times just a few and find myself meditating on that aspect. Why don’t you make your own list? Why not list them in the comments below as I would love to add to my list.

 

PRAYER

 

Lord be glorified among us as we praise and worship you. You are deserving of honour and glory. All things come from you. You are beyond all things and above all things. You are worthy of being praised and adored. You are holy and nothing compares to you. Thank you for your love and grace and for allowing us to find you as we seek for you.

 

Father we make this prayer in the name of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

The following are examples from my prayer;

 

  • Holy God the Heavens Declare Yours Wonders and Glory
  • King of Kings and Lord of Lords
  • Worthy God
  • Sovereign King
  • My Lord and My God
  • My Lord and My King
  • My Lord and My Saviour
  • My Lord and Master
  • My Protector
  • My Guide
  • My Everything
  • I honour You and adore you
  • I honour You and bless you
  • I glorify You and worship you
  • I adore You
  • I honour You
  • The Lover of My Life
  • The Lover of My Soul
  • The Alpha and the Omega
  • The beginning and the end
  • The first and the very last
  • The Centre of My Life
  • Wonder Counsellor
  • Prince of Peace
  • Name above all names
  • Thank You
  • You alone are God
  • You who make sense of everything
  • There is no other God but You
  • Nothing compares to You
  • You alone are omniscient
  • You are alone are all powerful
  • You alone are Omnipresent
  • In You alone do I trust
  • Worthy are you Lord God
  • You are Holy
  • You are Precious
  • The one and only one
  • There is no other like You
  • My Constant Companion
  • The defender of my soul
  • You who spared nothing for me
  • God of Wonders
  • Holy Beyond All
  • Mighty King
  • Mighty Lord
  • Glory and Honour to You
  • Lord You are pure

8 comments on “21 Days of Seeking God – Day 4

  1. Thank you, Bruce! I will ponder more on this, and notice where I tend to move. . . .
    A few directions from my recent time . . . . . .
    Jesus
    Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you. Ps 32
    Shepherd me, O God . . . . .
    Risen Jesus . . . .
    Raboni! (with Mary of the Resurrection Garden) . . . .

  2. I struggle to concentrate when praying verbally or mentally. Writing to God, conversing with Him in writing focuses me and I’m not so distracted by wandering thoughts.

  3. Thank you Bruce & team
    Here are my contributions
    Stop and consider God’s wonders Job 37:14
    God you are infinitely greater and beyond our reach.
    To the eternal King, immortal and invisible, the only God – to Him be honour and glory forever and ever Amen.

  4. We give You thanks , Lord, God Almighty, who are, and who were, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. Rev 11 : 16-17

  5. Thank you Bruce, Rosemary and Team. Your “Seeking God” teaching journey is a wonderful idea and I’m especially enjoying praying the Rosary with you. What a wonderful way to pray together, even though we don’t know each other. I normally say the Rosary on my own, but it’s so much better praying it with you!
    Here are some phrases of praise which I use in my prayers:-
    O God, you are, Father of the fatherless,
    Home of the homeless,
    Founder of the lost,
    Healer of the sick,
    Freedom to the prisoners,
    Provider to the needy,
    Saviour to the sinners,
    God, you are our all.

  6. Thank you Bruce and Rosemary ,
    For drawing me back to reciting the rosary. I used to recite the rosary every night with my husband, he knew the litany by heart and a few other prayers. 3.5 yrs ago my dear husband passed on to the Lord, I live alone and lost the habit of praying the rosary , now thanks to your daily prayers I have got back to reciting the rosary with you. I will try to continue to , even after this 21days.
    May God bless you.

  7. 1. Wonderful Lord 2. Counsellor 3. Prince of Peace 4. Eternal Rock of Ages 5. King of Glory 6. Mighty God 7. King of kings 8. Lord of lords 9. Lord of hosts 10. Lily of the valley 11. Healer 12. Deliverer 13. Provider 14. Creator 15. Potter 16. Day Star 17. Cornerstone 18. Prophet of prophets 19. Saviour 20. I AM THAT I AM 21. Wisdom of God 22. Head of the church 23. Governor 24. Righteous Judge 25. Protector 26. Rock of offence 27. Shield 28. Merciful God 29. Gracious God 30. Faithful God 31. Giver 32. Victorious in Holiness 33. Consuming Fire 34. El Elyon 35. Jehovah Raphael 36. Jehovah Rohi 37. Jehovah Jireh 38. Jehovah Elgibor 39. Jehovah Sham ah 40. Jehovah Shalom 41. El Olam 42. Defender 43. Redeemer 44. Comforter 45. Trinity in Council 46. Instructor 47. Teacher 48. Inspirer 49. Reminder 50. Invisible God 51. Hope of Glory 52. Lion of Judah 53. Root of Jesse 54. Man of war 55. Lamb of God 56. Sustainer 57. Convincer 58. Light of the world 59. Restorer 60. Silencer 61. Stiller

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