Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Prayer – How do you start yours?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

5th February 2012

It’s not uncommon for Christians to begin their prayers by presenting to God all their needs (or wants). This may then be followed by intercession for family, friends and the world.

But how much of our prayer life is dedicated to the glory of God? What percentage of our prayers is devoted to worshiping God for who He is and thanking Him for all the good things He is doing in our lives?

Well let me suggest that as our top priority the first subject of our prayers each day should be the exaltation of God.

After all, this is how Jesus taught us to start our prayers in His model example:

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9)

Perhaps the greatest problem with our prayer lives is that we are more concerned about getting things from God than giving Him the glory that is due to His name. Life, first and foremost, is not about us but about Him – His glory, His honour, His power, His saving grace.

As Matt Redman wrote in his song, ‘The Heart of Worship’

‘I’m coming back to the heart of worship And it’s all about You … I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it When it’s all about You’.

When Jesus told us to begin our prayers by first focusing on God, He did so for a good reason. If we focus first on God then everything else falls into perspective.

As C.S. Lewis wrote,

‘If you put first things first then everything comes out right; if you put first things second then nothing comes out right.’

Nowhere is that truth more important to recognise than at the place of prayer.

It is very challenging and humbling to face the fact that life is not about us but about God and His glory. But face it we must, and there is no better way of learning that lesson than to cultivate a reverential and worshipful attitude when we come to our times of prayer.

If we begin our prayers in the attitude of reverential worship I think we’ll find not only our time with God, but our whole life, transformed.

How do you start your prayers? May the focus be ‘to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen’. (Romans 16:27)


Father help me to always approach Your throne with a heart disposed to worship and a desire to put Your glory ahead of my needs.

In Jesus’ name.

Have a good week glorying in God.

Pastor Barry

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