Got Praise?

 We’ve all heard the phrase, “got milk?” This blog attempts to answer a different question.

Prayer (praise) is one of the important Lenten disciplines, but for the 40 Days for Life campaign, it’s one of the 3 sources of fuel that power the engine of this movement.  11,165 babies have been saved by the 40 Days for Life campaigns.

St. Paul said “…so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.”  – Eph 1:12

My husband as the Great Apostle, Christ the King, Westmere
My husband as the Great Apostle at Christ the King, Westmere  (see below for dates of upcoming events)

Can we say this is true? Do we live for the praise of God’s glory?

I struggle with this. I take time for prayer each morning but at other points in the day, it’s hard to calm my soul and let God in….or listen for His voice.  My husband and I often sing praise songs together, but sometimes when he asks me to sing with him, my first thought is; “I don’t feel like it” or “I have something else to do.”

But as we enter into praise, our joy increases and there’s nothing else we’d rather be doing.  For as we praise the Lord, our souls are lifted closer to God and ‘heaven breaks in.’  We hope that one day, we’ll be looking at Jesus face-to-face.  But heaven doesn’t have to be a far-off reality.  God wants that for us here and now.  And the more we lift our hearts to heaven, as we do in praising God, the closer heaven comes to us.

Senior Pastor of Schenectady’s First Presbyterian Church, Rev. Larry Roff said, “Praise is the most important reason that we were created.”  And he cited Psalm 102:19;

“Let this be written for the generation to come, and let his future creatures praise the Lord.”

We who praise the Lord today are the answer to the Psalmist’s prayer.

Each time we pray the “Our Father,” we pray, “thy kingdom come.”  As we praise God, that kingdom breaks in.  It begins by us spending time with Jesus, who loves and treasures us, and who wants to enter into our everyday joys, problems and other aspects of our lives.

The angels and saints sing perpetual praises to God on the throne. (Rev. 5:13)  When we praise God, we join in their praises.

Our most fervent prayer at Planned Parenthood has been praise!  It sounds ironic because there we are, outside of a place where terrible things are happening.  But as we lift up our voices in vocal praise, ‘heaven breaks in’ on State Street.  We feel it.  Moreover, there is objective evidence.  As people walking by and driving in cars give us ‘thumbs up,’ we realize that they are responding to a grace.  Most importantly, people stop to tell us that they chose to have their child because people were praying outside of Planned Parenthood.

If you’re struggling in your life or you need a reason to praise God, spend five minutes thanking Him for all the good in your life.  Even thank Him for the challenges, for these help us to grow.  After these five minutes, chances are you’ll feel like praising Him.

Here’s a Youtube you can sing with in the comfort of your home…..

Got praise?

[This is part of a talk I gave recently at the 40 Days for Life kickoff rally. Please go to the link to learn more about this powerful national pro-life movement.]

On Wed. March 9, “Visit” will take place at Our Lady of Help of Christians, in Brooklyn at 7:30 PM.    On March 11, come and see St. Paul at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish on 1550 Hendrickson St.  It takes place right after the Stations, which begin at 7:00 PM.