Scripture reading: Psalm 24:1–10
Key verse: Revelation 19:1
After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!”
Jesus condemned the actions of the religious leaders who prayed loudly in the streets so that they would be seen and admired by others. The purpose of prayer is to communicate humbly with God, not to gain the praise of men. In her book A Journey into Prayer, Evelyn Christenson relates her personal concerns in this area:
Wanting something for our own glory, not God’s, is one reason why a prayer, although scripturally accurate and acceptable to God, is ruined by our reason for praying it.
Some years ago, as I prayed my birthday prayer for the coming year, my words simply were these: “God, You be glorified, not me!” And when the year ended, my praying for only His glory did not end. Praying the “right prayer” about God getting all the glory has been a learning process for me for a long time.
Through the years, I have prayed before speaking that I will not be seen as I speak—only Jesus … The greatest compliment I ever receive is when someone steps up to me and quietly says, “I saw Jesus standing there instead of you today.” For His glory!
My illustration or point may be very good in itself, but if my motive for bringing it is for my glory, God will not use it to move in the lives of those in my audience. It has to be for His glory.
Lord, reveal the motives behind my prayers. I don’t want to pray for something for my own glory. I want my life to reflect Your glory.