I have been studying Stormie Omartin's book, The Prayer That Changes Everything, and it has taken me a while because there is so much good quality content that I am almost on cognitive overload when I try to read it too fast. So in an effort to absorb as much as I can I have been taking my time.
I have surmised I can look at praise two ways: I can praise God for who He is, I can praise God for everything He has done, everything He has created. I do give him praise for EVERYTHING. I even thank Him when I get a close spot at the grocery store and I thank Him when I know if it were not for His mercy and protection I could have had a motor vehicle accident. So I guess I praise Him from the very least to the very greatest and everything in between.
I did not realize the importance of praising Him:
When I experience fear, anxiety and discouragement.
When I am troubled by negative thoughts and emotions.
When I become sick, weak or injured.
When I struggle with doubt.
When I don't see answers to my prayers.
When I have problems in a relationship.
When I need to forgive.
When I see things going wrong and I feel powerless.
When I long to know God's Will.
When I seek breakthrough, deliverance 0r transformation.
When I need God's provision or protection.
When I fight temptation to walk in the flesh.
When I am attacked by the enemy.
When I suffer great loss, disappointment or failure.
When I sense that all is well.
Psalm 130:7 "I'm going to praise God whether I feel like it or not, and no matter what is happening. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and don't forget all He has done for you". Psalm 103:2
Praising and worshiping God in the hard times keeps the lines of communication open to Him, when we offer everything we have to Him in praise, He then offers everything He has to us in love. Praise is the prayer that changes everything.
This book is very deep and loaded with scripture, I highly recommend it!