As Believers, our guide, our instruction, our very life is found in God's Word. It is full of principles that when exercised, we find life, success, and fulfillment.
Biblical principles are usually the opposite of the world’s principles. The world says fight to get ahead; God's Word says the last will become first. The world says free yourselves from all restraint; God's Word says surrender to receive freedom.
One of the greatest biblical principles that we sometimes overlook is praising and thanking before receiving. Abraham demonstrated this in Romans 4:20-21:
Yet he (Abraham) did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.
Abraham gave glory to God before the promise God gave him was fulfilled: Fathering Isaac, becoming the father of a great nation, having descendants too numerous to count.
We should always praise and thank God before our prayer is answered because:
- It demonstrates our faith: Proof that we believe that God will answer. Saying, "It will never happen for me…" is not a statement of faith. Thanking Him in advance shows we trust Him.
- It gets us ready to receive: Our posture is in “receive mode”. Thankfulness and praise opens our hearts. We can either stand with our arms open to receive, or folded across our chest.
- It focuses us on God and not ourselves: It’s not the need, but rather the “need-meeter”. We get so consumed with our problems that we lose sight of the problem-solver: God.
May we pray, and always praise and thank God before the answer comes. Worship Well!