TargetPoint Vol 29 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: PRAISE-The Act of Divine Magnification
Luke 1:46, 47, 49 . . . My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. . .For He who is mighty has done great things for me.
Does this aspect of prayer look familiar? You're right! Prayer has now come full circle, and we FIND OURSELVES AGAIN AT PRAISE. Worship should seal all praying. We began with an act of adoration, and now we END WITH AN ACT OF MAGNIFICATION.
Jesus not only taught us to begin our prayer with praise-Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name, but He also taught us to end our praying with praise-For THINE is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Matt. 6:9, 13).
Here we MAGNIFY THE LORD'S NAME WITH PRAISE. This puts a spiritual magnifying glass to all that God is and we declare these discoveries aloud.
The Greek word for magnify in Luke 1:46, means to make great. Nothing could provide so meaningful a conclusion to prayer as a statement of the greatness of God.
As prayer concludes we praise God because it has been His greatness that has made our devotional time possible. When we began praying we recognized God's glory in all of its splendor and beauty. Now, WE RESTATE OUR CASE FOR WORSHIP. In these final moments we add faith to our praise. We actually praise God for future answers to prayer.
ALLOW YOUR SOUL to pause to contemplate the awesome wonder of God's being.
SPEAKING OUT LOUD, declare to Him how wonderful He is.
FOCUS your praise on His POWER (omnipotence), His KNOWLEDGE (omniscience), and His PRESENCE (omnipresence).
SPEAK PRAISE and Thanksgiving for all that He is doing in your life, and all that He is going to do.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Praise, The Attitude of Prayer and The Amen