One of my great joys in world travel has been joining a local church for Sunday morning worship, or a prayer meeting during the week. As I sing and listen to my fellow Christians worship the Lord, I’ve learned to understand their words of loving worship expressed in spontaneous praise. A memory of this returned when contemplating the word, “Doxology.”
I was preaching in the beautiful and sunny country of Greece. The church was praising God and saying “Glory to God in Greek.” It was glorious moment. As I thought about the word glorious, I got a little worked up in my study at home. The Greek word “dóxa” was the word used by the heavenly host in Luke 2:14 on the night of Jesus’ birth to the virgin Mary, when they sang “Glory to God in the highest!” It sounds like the angels got a little worked up, doesn’t it?
Think glorious thoughts about God! Be sure your theology (your thoughts about God) is glorious theology. Think of the word doxology as “doxa” being glorious and “ology” being your theology. Then pray Biblically about those thoughts.
To think Biblically means that our thought life conforms to the Bible. When I think about God, love, grace, salvation, or the Bible, I want those thoughts to conform to the truth of God’s Word.
To pray Biblically would be to pray the prayers that God instructs us to pray. Here are just a few in a list.
- Wisdom – “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,” (James 1:5–7, NASB)
- Leaders – “for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (1 Timothy 2:2, NASB)
- The sick – ““Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;” (James 5:14, NASB)
- God’s will to be done – “‘Your will be done,On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10, NASB)
- The kingdom of God to be manifested. “‘Your kingdom come….,On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10, NASB95)
- Laborers for the harvest – ““Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”” (Matthew 9:38, NASB)
- Lost people – “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,” (1 Timothy 2:1, NASB) “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.” (Romans 10:1, NASB)
Those are glorious prayer requests, you can pray confidently! The work that Jesus did and compels us to think, pray, and work towards was and is the work that God is still doing. “Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”” (John 5:17, NLT)
Think Glorious Thoughts about God!