James 5:13 NKJV
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
Many of us are guilty of the offense of coming to the presence of the Lord only when we are in trouble. That is we tend to forget the Lord when everything seems right and we are cheerful. This offense did not begin with You and I. Let us read this story;
Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Luke 17:11-19 NKJV
We MAY pray and we MAY not receive answers, if we pray amiss but we can never praise amiss (if we sincerely look back on what God has done for us and we praise Him from the depth of our heart).
It is a "must" for us to pray and it is also our duty to praise the Lord. When you make your supplications, you are demanding of the Lord but when you praise Him sincerely, you are not demanding this time around, you are rather appreciating His love towards you. Let us put ourselves in God's shoes (smile), if all someone does to us is to ask ask and ask and He or She never comes back after we've helped them how do we feel? And let us also imagine someone that ask a little, yet praises us much, do we feel like "I have do everything possible to make such person happier?"
Although God is a merciful God, but believe me praises also set God into actions (see: HOW YOU CAN GET GOD TO FIGHT FOR YOU) II Chronicles 20:21-22. The 10 lepers prayed, the Lord answered their prayers, only one came back to praise the Lord openly and in a loud voice just like he asked for mercy in a loud voice and Jesus pointed that out to show us the Lord appreciates our praises and thanksgiving.
Now unto You and I, we have seen a reminder this day, let us put on our garment of praise and appreciate the Lord for what He has done, what He's doing and what He will still do.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Have a great day
God bless you.
and Me (I also need it, SMILE)