How to Approach God in Prayer

Approach God as king when you pray – He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 1 Timothy 6:15 

Praise him for his glory and his goodness. Praise belongs to the one who answers prayer and forgives sins and transgressions – Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled, you who answer prayer, to you all people will come. Psalm 65:2 & Psalm 66:1-4 Shout for JOY to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.”

 Confess your wrongs. –  When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Psalm 65:30

 Remember how blessed you are that the king intervened and sent his son to die in your place, bringing you home as his adopted child because he loves you and delights in you.* – Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. Psalm 65: 4

 Ask with reverence and with thanksgiving for all he has done for you. Know he doesn’t have to answer your prayer – Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Psalm 66:20

*Here is a picture that came to my mind as I thought about how God is our king and how he rules forever by his power (Psalm 66:7), and how he saved my life:

I’ll describe a picture that came into my mind today. 

A king was looking out onto a road in the town and saw a poor peasant. This peasant had done him wrong multiple times, and was going to be punished for her wrongs. Yet, the king looked on her with compassion and mercy and he intervened. He sent his son  to die as the payment for her offenses against the king. 

Then the king, while grieving his son, adopted her as his daughter and took her into his palace to live. 

This is a true story for me. God is the king of all kings. He was filled with compassion and mercy so he sent his son, his only beloved Son, to die in my place so that I could walk away free, no longer in debt to him. He was left grieving for his Son, but he was happy I was made right with him.  I am the peasant girl. He adopted me as his daughter and now he is my father. Jesus is his son whose father asked him if he would be willing to die in my place, and he was willing. I did nothing to deserve or earn to “live in his courts.” He “chose me and brought me in to live with him” because he loved me. I need to remember to approach him with honor and respect when I make requests. I also want to be full of thanksgiving for his goodness to me. 

It is a privilege to pray to him, the one “who answers prayer.”

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