A Gift of Prayer: Praise

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Psalm 100:4
 Consider the praise of those in the Christmas story:
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. —Mary, Luke 1:46-49
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. —Zachariah, Luke 1:68

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those whom his favor rests. —Angels, Luke 2:14

Look at each praise. What specific things do they praise God for?
Praise was Mary’s response when Elizabeth’s baby leaped for joy in her womb. It was Zachariah’s response when John was born, and the shepherds watched angels praise God above the fields on the night of Jesus’s birth.
The Psalmist wrote, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.” When we praise God we literally enter His court… the place where His presence dwells. It seems only natural this is where our prayers might begin.

What gift can we bring Jesus as we begin our Advent season? Give Him the gift of praise through prayer.

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