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Types of Prayer – 3 (Thank Him for What He Has Done and Will Continue to Do)

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Thanksgiving awakens your love toward God as you acknowledge that you are His child Thank Him that He gives you every good and perfect gift (see Jas. 1:17). Respond with joy to His benefits showered on you as His heir.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Prov. 3:6).

What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? To Thee I shall offer a sacrifice ofthanksgiving, and call upon the name of the Lord (Ps. 116:12.17).

An attitude of gratitude washes away negativity and purifies your soul. Praise Application:

With these thoughts, begin to praise and thank Him. Express your love and adoration for Him. Acknowledge His attributes through His different names. (See “The Names of God,” chapter 9.)

The following are seven Hebrew expressions of praise from the Old Testament:

  • Towdah: Sacrifice of thanksgiving or praise; to render thanksgiving or praise. (See Pss. 42:4; 100:4.)
  • Yadah: To throw, thrust or cast away from, hands outward, to throw hands into the air. (See Pss. 67:3; 107:8, 15,21.31.)
  • Barak: To bless, to give thanks and praise to God because He has given out of His abundance; bless as an act of adoration, to kneel. (See Pss. 31:21; 63:4; 95:6.)
  • Halal: To make a show or boast, to be clamorously foolish, to go about in a raging or raving way, to dance, to celebrate. (See Pss. 56:4; 150.1,2.)
  • Zamar: To celebrate with instruments, to praise the Lord skillfully on an instrument, to touch strings with the fingers. (See Pss. 21:13; 33:2; 98:4.)
  • Tehillah: An imperative summons to praise Jehovah. A psalm or a hymn, by choirs, with dancing and expressive speaking; festal jubilation. (See Pss. 22:3.25; 33:1; 35:28.)
  • Shabach: Praise, comment; adoration toward the power, glory and sanctity of the Lord. Praise God for His mighty acts and deeds. To triumph in a loud voice. (See Pss. 63:3,4; 117:1; 147:12.)

A joyful way to start a prayer time is to choose a psalm or several verses from the Bible and read each expression of praise out loud. This will energize your spirit Psalms 145—150 are especially good because they exalt God for His goodness, love, power, holiness, wisdom, greatness, glory and majesty.

Start with Psalm 145:1-7:

I will extol Thee, my God, O King; and I will bless Thy name forever and ever. Every day I will bless Thee, and I will praise Thy name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Thy works to another, and shall declare Thy mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Thy majesty, and on Thy wonderful works, I will meditate. And men shall speak ofthe power of Thine awesome acts; and I will tell of Thy greatness…and shall shout joyfully of Thy righteousness.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 (Types of Prayer) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves

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