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Devotional: Lord, Teach us to Pray

11.03.17 | Faith | by Jon McHenry

    David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

    “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
    -1 Chronicles 29:10-13


    As Pastor Chris closed out the sermon series on prayer on October 29, he cited this great prayer from David as the likely source of the doxology closing out the Lord’s Prayer. It’s been one of my favorite Scriptures for several years. When I shared it one night with one of my “little girls”—now in college—I said that David “really brought his ‘A’ game” when he offered this prayer. In Too Busy Not to Pray, Bill Hybels suggests ACTS—Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication—as a pattern for prayer. When I am not sure just where to start my prayers for the day, I start with this great praise, to honor Him and remind myself of His glory.

    For a long time, though, I would forget this verse: “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things” (1 Chr 29:12).  It’s not that I can’t memorize Scripture; I just had a mental block on acknowledging my wealth comes from God. And these verses are followed by David saying:

    “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
    -1 Chronicles 29:14

    Suddenly this great prayer of praise turns to confession for me. Confession that I trust too much in myself, and confession that while I’m eager to praise with my words, praising with my wallet comes harder. God calls me to worship with action as well as with words.

    Prayer

    Gracious Lord, creator, provider and protector, I thank you for all that You are. I thank You for the countless blessings you’ve showered upon me and my family. Father, I confess that I don’t give You enough of the credit. Help me to worship with my whole self, with words, deeds, and yes, with the financial blessings you’ve poured out, knowing that it is from You. In Your Son Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

    Written by Jon McHenry. Jon leads our devotional team, is a council member, worship speaker and part of the men’s ministry at Arcola Church. He is a devoted husband and father.