PRAYER OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING;
“Ye also, as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”(1 Peter 2:5).
Part of our ministry toward God as New Testament priests includes giving Him thanks, praising Him, presenting our bodies to Him and living holy lives before Him. These are our expressions of worship. You may have wondered, what are these sacrifices? Well, the scripture informs us that these sacrifices are “the fruit of our lips” (Hebrews 13:15).
Just as the priest offered sacrifices of burnt offerings and burnt incense in the Old Testament, we in the New Testament offer sacrifices of praise to God with our words. Thus, praising God means giving thanks to His Name for definite reasons. Thus the sacrifices we should offer are the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15) and a living sacrifice of our bodies (Romans 12:1). The sacrifices of praise are the confessions, declarations, psalms, hymns and spiritual songs of the glory, grace and goodness of God that we make unto Him.
Too many times, people associate prayer with problems when ideally they don’t need to have a problem to pray. Prayer is a ministry for us as New Testament believers. This is why you can turn away from everyone and every thing to worship the Lord and adore Him. As you do this, you send forth incense unto God (Revelation 5:7; 8:2-3). Anybody can pray but it takes the child of God to send forth incense by the Spirit into the presence of God.
As we worship and praise God and present our bodies a living sacrifice to Him, His presence rubs upon us and overshadows us. His presence breaks us. A lot of Christians don’t know what it is to be broken. John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). That’s exactly what happens to us when we stay in continual contact with God through worship. Then, our flesh becomes subdued until it’s broken, and the beauty and essence of God within our spirit is fully released.
Romans 12:1 AMP