Consider God’s Attributes When You Pray

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Have you ever considered proclaiming God’s attributes when you pray?

God is Infinite

He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:5

There’s nothing He can’t do and nothing He doesn’t understand.

God is Immutable

I the Lord do not change. Malachi 3:6

His plans do not change. His promises do not change. God is dependable.

God is Self-Sufficient

God possesses infinite riches of being, wisdom, goodness, and power in and of himself (Genesis 17:1, John 5:26, Ephesians 3:16). Because God is self-sufficient, we can go to Him to satisfy all our needs. He is a never-ending well of goodness, peace, mercy, and grace.

God is Omnipotent

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6

Nothing is too hard for Him to accomplish (Genesis 18:14, Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 1:37).

Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above – what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below – what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose Him? Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note? Job 11:7-11

God has unlimited power. God’s decisions are always in line with His character, and He has all the power to do whatever He decides to do.

God is Omniscient

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I’m God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Isaiah 46:9-10

“God perfectly knows Himself and, being the source and author of all things, it follows that He knows all that can be known. And this He knows instantly and with a fullness of perfection that includes every possible item of knowledge concerning everything that exists or could have existed anywhere in the universe at any time in the past or that may exist in the centuries or ages yet unborn.” Tozer

Because God is all-knowing, He knows everything we’re going through today and everything we will go through tomorrow.

God is Omnipresent

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. Psalm 139:7-10

Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? Declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? Declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23-24

Great comfort, brought by God’s omnipresence, is available to the Christian who struggles with the complexities and the sorrows of life.

God is Wise

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! Romans 11:33

God is infinitely, consistently, and perfectly wise.

Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It sees the end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision. Tozer

When we see wisdom as Tozer explained, we realize just how much or limited, finite wisdom compares with the limitless, infinite wisdom of God. And how comforting and wonderful this is for man to dwell on! The fact that God can never be wiser means He is always doing the wisest thing in our lives.

God is Faithful

Know, therefore, that the LORD your God is GOD; He is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands. Deuteronomy 7:9

If we are faithless, He remains faithful – for He cannot deny Himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

The fact that God is infinitely, unchangingly faithful means that He never forgets anything, never fails to do anything He has set out to do, nor does He ever change His mind or takes back a promise.

When we are tempted to think God has abandoned us, remember that God is unchangingly faithful and good, is always with us, and is full of wisdom.

God is Good

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8

The goodness of God disposes Him to be kind, cordial, benevolent, and full of good will toward men. He is tenderhearted and of quick sympathy, and His unfailing attitude toward all moral beings is open, frank, and friendly. By His nature He is inclined to bestow blessedness and He takes holy pleasure in the happiness of His people. Tozer

Christians find it easier to affirm the goodness of God when things are going well. When life becomes overwhelming, that is when we begin to question God’s goodness to and for us. The equations are not: Life is good = God is good. Life gets bad = God’s goodness is questioned.

Psalm 34:19: Many are the afflictions of the righteous but Yahweh delivers Him out of them all. Even with a good God, who is sovereign over everything and has the power to do whatever He likes, good people still suffer.

God is Just

The Rock! His work is perfect. For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. Deuteronomy 32:4

God always does what is good and right toward all men.

He is both fully merciful and fully just.

God is Merciful

I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion
on whom I will have compassion. So then it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy.
Romans 9:15-16

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

It is undeserved mercy, as indeed all true mercy must be, for deserved mercy is only a misnomer for justice. There was no right on the sinner’s part, to the saving mercy of the Most High God. Had the rebel been doomed at once to eternal fire – he would have justly merited the doom; and if delivered from wrath, sovereign love alone has found a cause, for there was none in the sinner himself. Spurgeon

As judgment is God’s justice confronting moral inequity, so mercy is the goodness of God confronting human suffering and guilt. Were there no guilt in the world, no pain, and no tears, God would yet be infinitely merciful; but His mercy might well remain hidden in His heart, unknown to the created universe. No voice would be raised to celebrate the mercy of which none felt the need. It is human misery and sin that call for the divine mercy. Tozer

God is Gracious

The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. Psalm 145:8

As mercy is God’s goodness confronting human misery and guilt, so grace is His goodness directed toward human debt and demerit. It is by His grace that God imputes merit where none previously existed and declares no debt to be where one had been before. Tozer

Grace is a part of who God is and not just an action he bestows. When you welcome God into your life, you welcome His grace.

God is Loving

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

God’s love is active, drawing us to himself. His love is personal.

God is Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord Almighty. Revelation 4:8

Therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48

The word holy means sacred, set apart, revered, and divine. He is endlessly, always perfect. His standard for us is perfection as well.

God is Glorious

His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, And there is the hiding of His power. Habakkuk 3:4

The glory of God is the infinite beauty and greatness of God’s manifold perfections. The infinite beauty – and I am focusing on the manifestation of his character and his worth and his attributes – all of his perfections and greatness are beautiful as they are seen, and there are many of them. That is why I use the word manifold. John Piper

Thank you, Lord, that we may approach Your throne of grace for mercy and grace. May Your powerful attributes fill our hearts and minds. May our prayers be full of Your praise. Amen.

In His grace,

Amanda

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