A report released in 2005 by an organization called the Bible Literacy Project suggested that young Americans know very little about the Bible. That probably did not come as much of a shock. And while the report has importance, but then first things first, another fair number of Americans do not see why teenagers need to know anything at all about the Bible. And some of these same people may profess to be Christians.
Let’s forget five second and one sentence prayers. Not that short scriptural ones are a waste for those who pray; but let’s get to the meat of the matter. We should be purifying ourselves daily and praising the God of Heaven and Earth, and his Christ. Calling aloud for aid (whether anyone around us hears it or not); and asking God for assistance when our souls are in peril (whether real or perceived). We should also be giving thanks when things may seem just fine — or when not quite so; and to recognize the source of our blessings and salvation.
Daniel chapter 2 and verses 21 through 23 offers up a good example.
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were headed for a showdown with the king of the Chaldeans over his dream and its interpretation. Lives were in the balance and the time was growing short.
The dream contents and its interpretation was shown to Daniel, who always sought God first and foremost, and had a full prayer life. He was not a “few seconds afterthought kind of person.” He gave the God of Heaven his due, and always consulted him in meekness and with complete thankfulness.
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those of understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.
To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have made known to me what we asked of you, for you have shown to us the king’s matter.”
We can substitute our needs and concerns into this line of thought and start and end with similar praise to God for his help, and likely be better for it all.
How could we possibly be hurt by remembering the God of heaven and praising his name each day and night.