I started out reading Proverbs 15:7, 8 and 9 and wanted to use those verses as a way to improve my walk with God, especially Prayer!
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
But the hearts of fools are not so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
This is the one that I really want to work on, yes I pray, but do I really pray, do I really clear my mind and open my heart to God alone and thank Him. I always want to and it seem at times I think of other things. I want to get right into my studying of the text first and get to prayer later and I do, but it doesn’t seem to be adequate enough at times.
It came to me not to long ago I have a pattern when I pray, there are times I pray a lot and have great alone times with God, then there are times I don’t and need to be reminded. So I really want to step up my prayer life. It says in our text that the prayer of the upright please Him Proverbs 15:8 and He hears those prayer Proverbs 15:29.
I really want to pray prayers of thanksgiving to Him, it seems we always have a grocery list of prayer to God, but I need to start thanking Him for who He is. I want to have the heart of the Psalmist when he said in Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
I want to do what Paul does in prayer when he thanks God for those people in Philippians 1:3. I want to in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and I want to do this continuously Hebrews 13:15.
I want to thank God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15, I want to thank God that He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
I want to stop being so concerned about the future Matthew 6:25-31 and thank Him for His grace 2 Corinthians 12:9. It was Paul who said Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 That’s what I want and need to do.
This New Year I want to be His delight in prayer to Him, I want to have a fear of a Holy God, which is the beginning of knowledge and be able to share that wisdom, I want to pursue righteousness and not myself… they are like three peas in the pod.
Colossians 3:17 says
Whatever you do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks through Him to God the Father
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria