A God-Centered Prayer
Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
Psalm 34:5 (NTL)
When the Bible tells us to pray, bringing our requests to God is certainly part of our prayer, but in no way does it tell us that we must always have requests. For some believers, the moment they open their mouths to pray, from start to end, everything they say is geared towards personal satisfaction.
David, in the book of Psalms, gives us so many examples of what prayer really is. It is first of all an intimate encounter with God during which there is a sincere conversation. Second, it is an attitude of worship and humility before a loving and compassionate God. What God also wants to hear from us are our personal feelings and also how we love Him for who He is. This is where true worship begins.
When you pray, learn to set aside your personal needs to spend more time in praise, worship, and thanksgiving. The Bible tells us that God is seated in the midst of worship. It also tells us that worshiping the Lord leads Him to act on our behalf.
Imagine the power you would add to your prayer times if instead of asking God to meet your needs that He already knows, your prayers were more focused on thanksgiving and worship.