3 Encouragements on 9/11

Yesterday I taught a Bible study on learning to praise first when you pray. I mentioned that the focus of my prayers should always be on God rather than me, because when I focus on God's character--his goodness, faithfulness, and grace--only then will I have faith to pray for the things I need. Only then will I have the right perspective and the right motive to pray. Prayer is about sitting in the presence of God, not getting something from Him.

I suggested forming prayers of praise around three important components:
1. God’s character—who is He?
2. God’s actions toward you—how does he treat you?

3. God’s history of provision—what has he done for you/others in the past

This morning I clicked on the website "Lift Up Your Day" to read an encouraging post by Todd Benkert about 9/11. This was his advice:

1. Remember the character of God
2. Remember the promises of God
3. Remember the works of God

Yes! This is why we praise, and this is why we don't despair in hard times. Because God is faithful, He is good, He is loving, He is just, He is gracious, He is awesome in power and majesty. He's got this covered. And He can see the future.

He's got a plan for glory all worked out, even though we can't understand or imagine it.

Even on 9/11.

Praise the Lord, everyone. God wins in the end.


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