Worship God!

Matthew 21: 10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds I were saying, “This is the prophet J Jesus, from Nazareth K  in Galilee.” [I- Now large unbelieving crowds from the city joined the disciples and were confused about the identity of Jesus. J- they called Him prophet, but not the Son Of God. K- They thought no good thing could come out of Nazareth. Nathaniel said this in John 1:46]

How do I worship and praise God today? How do I make my prayers and/or worship God-centered and not self-centered?

Adoration/praise, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication/petition/intercession!
Praise motivates the other 3 kinds of prayer & worship. As I Praise God’s holiness, greatness, goodness, power and love the more I will recognize:

–my own sin, confess my desperate need for forgiveness & a changed heart;

–the tremendous blessings I have to be thankful for;

–the need to order my priorities to God’s will, not mine in my petitions & intercessions.

Application:
1. To open my heart to Adoration/praise of God I will begin with scripture selected from Psalms 146-150, the Lord’s Prayer, Psalms 23, the 10 Commandments, etc.

2. Since I tend to commit the same sins again I must not only Confess and repent, but find a way to change my heart so that over time my actions change. Tim Keller in his book “Prayer” p.217-220 suggests focusing on: Self-examination and Repentance.— To find what I need to confess & repent I will compare my actions or omissions to lists in God’s word such as: With diligence pursue these qualities [2 Peter 1:5-9]; The Fruit of the Spirit [Galatians 5:22-23a] & Putting off the deeds of the flesh [Galatians 5:19-21]; the Ten Commandments, etc. Here is an example:   The fruit of the Spirit  For other posts in this series click on “self-examination” in tagged at the bottom of the post.

3. To help me be thankful I will memorize scriptures about being thankful, make a list of maybe 100 things I have to be thankful for & use my list of divine appointments.

4. I will keep a short prayer log for Petitions & intercessions in God’s will & record answers.

5. Scripture Memory: Romans 3:25-26 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood…This was…26 so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Henry Luke 3/29/2017

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