Praying Praise

“There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might” (Jeremiah 10:6).

Prayers of praise celebrate the power and wonder of God, the Creator and Savior. We often request when we pray, and we may at times lament God’s apparent absence. Prayers of praise focus on God as the recipient of worship, as the One who is worthy to be worshiped. It is difficult for some of us to forget that it is not about us when we pray. Certainly, it is appropriate to ask God for help; the “call for fire” metaphor reminds us that God is the source of salvation. As Jeremiah does in other prayers within his book, we also can tell God about our pain and our anger. Sometimes, however, we need to pause and just praise when we pray. It helps us to remember who we are and who God is.

Creator and Sustainer of all, As I ran today, the changing color of leaves on the tree reminded me of the beauty you planned when you spoke our universe into being. The enormity of that universe testifies to the creative force you exerted and to your imagination. Jeremiah was correct; there is none like you. I will sing of your greatness and your power to bring life where there is none. In Jesus’ name, Amen

About Michael Summers

Michael Waymon Summers has preached in twenty-seven of the United States as well as seven other countries. Michael earned a Master of Theology degree. He also has done graduate work in international studies. Michael likes to run, loves to sing, and reads voraciously.
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