How Do You Pray to God?

“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”

Romans 11:36

Ponder This

God is in the business of getting glory for Himself, and the reason many of our prayers are not answered is that we are not interested in the glory of God. We’re interested in our own personal gain. When you get interested in the glory of God, you’re going to see prayers start being answered. James said, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:3) We’re to ask God for the glory of God.

This is why we pray in the name of Jesus. We are to ask in His name that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (See John 14:13.) Why do we pray in the name of Jesus? That God will be glorified. That’s what it means to pray in the name of Jesus.

  • In prayer, are you more likely to ask something of God or offer Him praise? Why?
  • When have you started a prayer with praise to God? How did that change your attitude as you prayed?

Practice This

Spend time offering thanksgiving to God.