Praise and thanksgiving is the first response to God’s Character. Everything about God, His perence, His holiness, His Power, His Mercy and mostly His Steadfast Enduring LOVE!
“Can anyone measure the magnificence of Yahweh the great, and His inexpressible grandeur?” (Psalm 145:3 Jerusalem Bible)
“what can I render to the LORD (YWHW) for all His benefits to me?… I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the Name of the LORD.”(Psalm 116:12,17 ESV)
Under the Law of Moses there was a particular offering for Thanksgiving, but under Christ this was abolished. But in our prayer we offer God our thanksgiving daily for we acknowledge that His sacrifice was the greatest gift we have received from God. AS great as God is, He thought it not unworthy to give up all to become man, live and die for us and reconcile us to Himself. (Philippians 2) “For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of God (Adoni)was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:19,20 ESV)
IN prayer we confess His Holiness and proclaim His Glory, we also confess our lack of holiness, all our sins and misgivings. IN prayer we Praise Him, we Glorify Him We offer thanksgiving and we then call upon Him to intercede for us and for the needs of others.
“Have mercy upon me , O God
according to your steadfast love
according to your abundant mercy,
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin!” (Psalm 51:1,2 ESV)
In prayer we see the graciousness of God, His Mercy and Holiness, His immense love for us, and for all His people. We also respond to His Power and Wisdom. For without God we are nothing, we would not be and nothing we do can be of significance at all. At yet in spite of it, we can come to him with our requests and He will respond with loving kindness.
This is the nature, the Character of Go, that He would care. And this is why we prayer.