When you pray to God, are the majority of your requests about you and your comfort? Certainly, God wants you to pray for things that are concerning you, but more than that, He wants you to desire Him more than anything He could give you on this earth. More of Him, less of you. Do you start your prayers by praising Him for who He is and for His wondrous works? Or do you begin by asking for things for yourself.
I’m not a very eloquent person, and I cannot even express my feelings as to how wonderful God is in prayer. I know how I feel, but I have trouble finding words worthy of proper praise to God. But there are so many verses in Psalms as well as other books of the Bible that do express what I am feeling. I start my prayers to God with praise from verses in the Bible. It not only pleases God, it really makes the devil angry. Double benefit.
Here are a few of those verses that can be turned into praise in your prayers:
Psalm 8:9, “O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!”
Psalm 63:3, “Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee.”
Psalm 18:2, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 100:5, “For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endureth to all generations.”
You may be thinking, “I think God already knows those verses.” Yes, He does, but He would like to hear them from your lips, from your heart. Or you can just express to Him what is already in your heart. But prayer should start with Him, not yourself. We were given that example in the Lord’s prayer, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.”