Prayer and Praise

This morning I woke and asked myself, “Are your palms still up and waving?” Bits and pieces of yesterday’s Palm Sunday floated through my mind. I reflected on “praise” and pondered if my praise was contingent on my feelings about my life or was I praising God for who He is despite my understanding of His actions. I got out of bed and in the bathroom was my calendar. The reading, “If your troubles are deep-seated or long standing, try kneeling. Then from James 5:13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.” Such a good reminder. Again prayer and praise are linked. The nugget from Proverbs 6 I have underlined is v. 16-19, the six things “the Lord hates,” always a good reflection tool. Solomon first names “haughty eyes.” How are my eyes focused this week – prayer and praise for how blessed I am in the midst of Covid-19? As Holy Week starts, we walk with Jesus into Jerusalem. One of the first thing he does, perhaps on Monday, in the Gospel of Matthew is enter the Temple, see the money changers, become irate and declare, “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.” I am drawn back to prayer. As we plead in prayer for those sick, those ministering, those grieving, those using the palms of their hands to help others, may we also praise God that we can turn to Him who listens, hears, and cares.

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