It’s School of Prayer Saturday! We are going to add a section for “Praise” to our Family Photo Prayer Journals. To find out more about a prayer journal, click here: Family Photo Prayer Journal. You can always access the Prayer Journal pages by clicking on “Free Downloads” at the top of any page of my blog, then click on “Family Photo Prayer Journal”. We are organizing our Prayer Journals according to the Lord’s Prayer with 5 tabs. The first tab is “Praise”, second is “Kingdom”, third is “Daily”, fourth is “Confess” and last is “Spiritual Warfare”. We have been working on the “Kingdom” and “Daily” tabs, so it is time to work on the “Praise” section.
Whenever we pray, we should always begin with praise. This can be done in several different ways, so I recommend varying it from time to time. One day you might listen to praise songs or sing songs to the Lord. Another day you might read from the book of Psalms. One of my favorites is to read the verses from an old hymn to the Lord. My church is fairly contemporary so we don’t sing hymns very often. I had forgotten how the hymns are written is such a way as to teach a message. You can learn how to be saved, surrender to the Lord, remind yourself to spend an hour in prayer, remember the cross and many more. Most of the songs today, just don’t have much of a message. They are repetitive, without much meaning. I also dislike the Jesus is your boyfriend songs. We speak of Jesus as if he is a lover rather than our Savior. We sing songs about Jesus wanting to hold us, then we wonder why we are not reaching many men for Christ.
I have printed out several of my favorite hymns and placed them behind the “Praise” tab in my prayer journal. Rather than sing, I like to read these to the Lord, because I listen to the meaning of the songs more when I read them. You can add any song to your prayer journal you like, but I hope you will include some hymns. My favorite is “I Surrender All”. When I sing this song, I really mean it. If you don’t fully surrender to the Lord, then don’t sing this song. I believe it is sinful to sing songs in church that we don’t mean. I wonder how the Lord must feel, when we make fake promises while we sing? Another of my favorite hymns is”Sweet Hour of Prayer”. You can find the words to most hymns online. Due to copyright laws, I cannot print the words on my blog, so I encourage you to find them on the internet. Just go to Google and type in the hymn name along with the word lyric. You should find several sites with the words to your song. Copy these words and paste them into Word. Remember to paste onto a half-sized sheet in Word, if you are making a half-page journal.
I hope you will spend a daily “Sweet Hour of Prayer” with the Lord. If you pray in the morning, you will be blessed by your prayer time the rest of the day.