Daily Reflection — Praise His Holy Name

“King David in Prayer (detail)” by Pieter de Grebber


“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name” (Psalm 30:4).

If you are a Christian, you must be a person of prayer. There is no way to have a relationship with Jesus Christ without talking and listening to Him—and that is the very definition of prayer.

If I do not pray, then I do not spend time with the Lord. If I am not praying, all the good works I might do are not derived from an ever-deepening love of God and are therefore empty.

Yet, as important and necessary as prayer is, many find it difficult to pray. When you find prayer difficult, begin like this: first, give thanks to the Lord for all He has done and second, simply praise Him for Who He is; praise His Holy Name. If you do this, you will find yourself praying more inclined and attuned to prayer with the Lord.


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