2020 VISION  2

Praise

February, 2020

 

Definitions for review:  20/20 VISION is normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet.

            PRAYER is a spiritual communion with God, as in supplication, thanks-giving, adoration, or confession.

 

Last month I shared the 2020 VISION, to pray weekly for at least an hour, for our national government, our local government, for the Christian Community at-large, and for my personal relationships.

 

I had a bookmark that read: PRAISE

                                                      REPENT

                                                      ASK

                                                      YIELD

 

I have used this as a formula to assist in staying focused in prayer.  I am passing it along in case some of you find it difficult to concentrate when life pressures keep interrupting your thoughts while praying.

 

I once read that the late David Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge in New York City, felt the Lord was directing him to pray for one hour daily.  He set a time, went into his office, shut the door and turned the telephone off.  He did well for 20 minutes but began to think about things he needed to do, calls he wanted to make, etc.  He reportedly felt like giving up after three days of running out of things to pray about but he decided to start the fourth day with praise and worship.  When he prepared to pray for the needs, he noticed that over thirty minutes had passed while he was simply enjoying praise.  Within a short time, people were finding that David Wilkerson was very hard to contact before lunch—he was spending up to three hours in prayer and not even realizing that so much time had passed.

 

 

Praise is a combination of giving thanks, paying homage (respect, honor, reverence) to God, worshiping in song, and taking time to remember we are children of the Most High God.

Like David Wilkerson, I find that I can become so engrossed in praise, that I lose track of time and may find an hour is way too little time.  That’s a good thing.

 

Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Psalm 150:2 & 6 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.     Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.

Psalm 100:2-3 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 

It’s no wonder the Psalmist, David, was called, “a man after God’s own heart.”   He actually loved to praise God.  Note that David gave thanks, payed homage, worshiped in song, and recognized that he was a child of the Most High.

 

Finally, my personal practice to praise first prepares my mind and spirit for the next steps in the  PRAISE   format which we’ll be exploring in following months.

                                  REPENT

                                  ASK

                                   YIELD

David recognized this in Psalm 100:4-5  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 

As I enter “his gates and his courts” of prayer and Spirit-to-spirit communication,

I’ll enter with thanksgiving and praise.

 

BOTTOM LINE:  1 Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him called you out of darkness his wonderful light.

 

Blessings,    kitty

2020 VISION
January, 2020
20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.
I was curious to know why we call normal vision 20/20. Now I know. But the bigger question at the moment is: What is my 2020 vision for myself and my closest associations? I can’t, nor should I, try to assume a vision (plan for the future) for anyone but myself but I must plan how I will interact, assist, encourage and pray for those with whom I associate regularly.
Kassy and recently reviewed our budget and adjusted according to projected needs and made plans and decisions regarding needs versus wants and how to better build our savings. Now we have a vision of how we will spend or not spend.
In November I felt prompted to spend an hour in prayer each Tuesday for a year with a focal point for each week. First Tuesday (because that will be election day—first Tuesday in November—is dedicated to our nation; 2nd , local government, i.e., state, county, city; 3rd, the Christian community which includes H.A.G., our district, other Bible believing denomination, etc., 4th, my family and close friends. I now have a vision/plan for prayer for this year.
One spiritual principal upon which I firmly stand is that: Prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.
With Pastor Ivar’s permission, I will be implementing my 2020 vision this year to share some insights I have gathered regarding prayer.
According to various dictionaries, prayer is “1. a solemn request for help or an expression of thanksgiving to an object of worship, 2. an address (such as a petition) to God.” These definitions are the ones most commonly held by the majority of people—even believers in Christ.
The better definition is: a spiritual communion with God, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
Prayer is NOT SIMPLY talking to God and giving Him a list of petitions then hoping for the best. But it is communion and communication with God. We will be visiting this subject in coming months.
Meanwhile, here’s the Bottom Line: James 5:16b from the Amplified Version: The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) is able to accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].
God bless your 2020 the visions it generates