"I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High."
(Psalms 9:1, 2 KJV)
How often do we dwell on the negatives in our lives? Most people can tell you in detail how bad they feel and how much someone has offended them. Do these complaints creep into your prayers as they do into mine? The "Lord's Prayer" reminds us that this is Our Awesome God's kingdom and it is His Will that should be done. How about some prayer to lean on Him for relief?
We tell God about our leg cramps and how bad they are and we ask Our Awesome God to stop them. Then the thought may come to some that, some people are unable to feel their legs at all, and you wonder what God thinks of your whining about cramps. But it does help to tell Him about it as expressing it to someone who understands always helps. He already knows what you are thinking and enduring. So just when does the asking for help turn into whining? Perhaps it is when the problem doesn't immediately go away and our faith slips a little that we start whining. Remember that God always answers prayers, but in His time not ours and He has a purpose for allowing your discomfort to continue. So praise Him and thank Him for using you, for the strength to endure and for the relief He will soon provide!
Our Awesome God hears everyone's prayers all over the world, so what must He think of whining (negative) prayers when other people are in so much pain and more problems than we? We need to count our blessings and realize how fortunate we are. He might even be teaching us to be grateful for the blessings we have. Instead of whining or complaining, just praise God and thank Him for each blessing you can name. As you do, the importance of your complaint will fade and your love for God will grow. But really, God knows what we know and where we need to understand more. Earth is a training ground for heaven, so we need to start learning.
In the Book of Revelation, scripture tells us that praising and giving thanks will become a large part of our lives so we should start being grateful to God now. Maybe in heaven, we can see and know enough to understand why Our Awesome God used certain things to increase our strength, our perseverance and our endurance. This ought to change our negative thoughts to positive thoughts about our problems. We should be praising the Lord for all He does because it is only to improve us. He loves us! Praise the Lord!
Be positive not negative! Praise the Lord! Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study groups along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00 PM is Prayer Requests and Bible Study. Let's see what we can do and learn!
Flo & Bill