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Matthew 26:40-41, “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

XII.  Pray for one hour:  Praise – Prayer should begin and conclude with praise.  Psalm 9:1, “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.”

The word “praise” in this verse means literally, to use (i.e. hold out) the hand; physically, to throw (as tone, an arrow) at or away; especially, to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively, to bemoan (by wringing the hands) (Strong’s Concordance).

When we come to praise we need to do it wholeheartedly.  God does not deserve halfhearted worship.  He gave His all for you and I so we need to give our all to Him no matter what we are doing.   I remember hearing the baseball coach yelling at us to “put your heart into it!”  He could see that we were not giving our all to what we were supposed to be doing.

If we are not careful we will just go through the motions of prayer.  It will become just some other thing we check off our list of things to do.  It should not be this way.  We need to go to prayer in a spirit of expectation.  We need to meet our Heavenly Father there each and every time.

So, how are you doing?

Pray For One Hour 1

Matthew 26:40-41, “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

In order to pray for one hour we need to find a place to start. According to the information I have been given we have such a place.

I. Praise – Recognize God’s Nature.  Psalm 63:3, “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”

The word “praise” in Psalm 63:3 means to address in a loud tone, i.e. (specifically) loud; figuratively, to pacify (as if by words).  Taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.  The thing is that most often we don’t know what praise is or what praise looks like.  We listen to “praise and worship” music and we thing that is it.  That is not it.

It is like the song we used to sing, “Let’s just praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.  Let’s just lift our hearts together and praise the Lord.”  This is not for a show.  It is not to be seen by others.  It should be done privately and publicly.  Let’s praise His Holy Name.

So, how are you doing?

Praise

I have to admit that I am not a fan of so-called “Praise and Worship music”.  I call them seven eleven songs.  They take seven words and sing them eleven times and then you have a modern worship song.  No!  What you have here is some kind of tribal beat that will motivate the wrong part of you body to do what you really don’t want to do.  Then someone calls this worship and praise.

I really think that praise comes from knowing God personally.  If I know Him then I will be drawn to praise Him for so much.  His love.  His justice.  His righteousness.  The list is endless.

Look at Psalm 7:17, “I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.”  I know you have something to praise the LORD for so let it go and praise Him.

So, how are you doing?

Praising God

Today is the first day of the week, Sunday.  It is today that is set aside to go to God’s house and worship him.  Some people are outgoing in their worship for various reasons.  Other people are very introvert in their worship of God.

Let me ask you a question that my wife posed to me after hearing Dr. Charles Stanley say this last night on an older broadcast.  “Do you praise God enough to be on the front line?”

Now, before you think we have all lost our minds look at Joshua 6:3-5, “And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.  And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.  And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.”

I know you are wondering what this has to do with praising God.  Here it is.  The priests were and the singers were put in front of the infantry.  What?  Yes.  God has a plan and He operates far differently than we operate.  He sent those first that praise Him.  Then the warriors came behind them.  Again I ask, “Do you praise God enough to be on the front line?”

Worship is giving worth to someone or something.  We must worship God because He only is worthy of our worship.  I mean seriously.  Can you walk into Church and just sing halfheartedly the hymns?  We need to prepare to go to Church and be ready to meet with Almighty God and worship Him because He alone is worthy.

So, how are you doing?

Bring Back The Glory 6

After you follow all the other steps to “Bring Back The Glory” it will lead you to an obvious conclusion.  Worship.  One man described worship as ascribing worth to someone or some thing.  So when we worship God we are telling Him and everyone else that He has worth to us.  I don’t like putting it that way because it sounds like I am degrading God; but, rest assured that is not my intent.

I am not talking about this out of control spiritual garbage that some call “worship” today.  That is exactly what it is.  I am talking about true worship that comes from a pure heart and pure motives.  I am talking about reading the Word of God and seeing some truth about God and being thankful for that attribute.  This only begins to scratch the surface of worship.

Look at II Chronicles 5:11-12, “And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course:  Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)”  These people were unified an they came together for one purpose here and that was worship.  The singers, the instruments and all.  What a worship service that must have been.

Do you even take the time to worship God?  Maybe you should take time.  I know that God would love to meet with you.  He has given us His love letter called the Bible.  If He loves us that much I imagine He would like to meet with us and receive our worship.

So, how are you doing?

Christmas 23

One of my favorite “Andy Griffith” shows has Barney shutting down two thugs selling beside the road outside Mayberry.  Barney goes out to tell them again that they need to move along and he is filled with fear.  As he stands and gives his speech about how they might beat him up; but, behind his badge there is a brotherhood that will band together and hunt down the men and see they have justice served on them.  The entire time Andy is standing in the background in sight of these men.  They see Andy and decide to move on.

Sometimes you and I feel all alone.  We can rest assured that we are not alone.  We have a Heavenly Father that promises to not leave or forsake us.  I am thankful for that.  There have been some long nights where I needed to be reminded of this truth.

Praising God while experiencing great trials is not easy.  When you are fighting for your life and you realize that it is your own child that you are fighting against.  This is not a place where you just want to stop and shout a praise.  Yet, these shepherds were frightened deeply.  The Word of God tells us that there was an angel and this angel was joined by a host of other angels.  What were they doing?  They were sent to praise God.  Even though, these shepherds were scared beyond belief there was praise going on.  Look at Luke 2:13, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,”

Praise is not just for the angels; but, it is for all of us.  We need to praise God no matter what.  Like the character of Grant Taylor from the movie “Facing the Giants”.  He tells his football team, “If we win, we praise Him.  If we lose, we praise Him.”  Good counsel coach!

So, how are you doing?

Open The Eyes Of My Heart LORD

I watched a You Tube video with a friend the other night of a ten year old blind boy singing the song “Open The Eyes Of My Heart Lord”.  It was powerful to say the least.  You can watch the video by clicking here.

Many thoughts entered my mind.  I thought how I wished that God would loose the tongue of our son so that he could sing God’s praises like this young boy.  Tear scalding my cheeks I begged God for this.  It is such a powerful video.  Yet, the truth that I also saw was just as powerful.  That truth is?

Most of us are blind.  We don’t see God or if we do see Him we don’t want to see Him.  This is so sad.  When we read the Word of God we need to ask God to open our eyes to see what He is saying to us as we read.  As we go about our day we need to ask God to help us see the opportunities we have to share salvation with the people around us.  We need to ask God to open our eyes to see opportunities that we can be an extension of His out stretched hand.  “Open The Eyes Of My Heart Lord”!

Look at Psalm 119:18, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. ”  We need to see things as God sees them.

So, how are you doing?

Accolades

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I took the above picture at an orchid farm about an hour from home.  The flowers were beautiful.  In this picture you see a thank you letter written to the owner by a 3rd grade class.  Around it were many ribbons for winning various competitions.  They deserve every one of them.  Their orchids were stunning and some near breathtaking.

Soon I realized something.  I sat photographing beautiful flowers and even had brief interactions with the owner; but, not once did I share with him how to be saved.  I did not even give him a gospel tract.  I sit here typing this absolutely ashamed of myself.  God forgive me!

What if this man dies and spends eternity in hell?  I pray that God will not let that happen.  I pray that I have another opportunity to see him and share with him the love of Christ for him.  The Scriptures remind us of the futility of this world’s goods versus that of salvation.  Look at Mark 8:36, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  The answer to that question to that question is, “Nothing”.

How about you?  Are you amassing all the world’s accolades with no care for eternity?  If you would like to know Christ as your Saviour please contact me as I would love to show you how to know for sure that Heaven is your eternal destination.

So, how are you doing?