This week I encountered an acronym for the word "pray" that gave me further insight into praying in a way that pleases the Lord. What struck me the most was the first word in the acronym. "P" stands for praise. The author of this, Jeanne Zornes, describes praise in this way: "We're to enter his gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise (Psalm 100:4). Sit quietly and thank God for who He is and what He has done." Ah-ha! I should begin my prayers in thanksgiving. If something profound has happened in my life or a prayer request has been answered, my prayers begin in a shower of thanks, but if it's just another day, then my prayers open with requests. IF I remember to thank Him, that comes at the end. For the last three days, I have practiced adding thanks to the beginning of my prayers. It's been quite challenging for me to remember this step, but it's made a huge difference for me. When I thank God for His blessings first, it's easier to trust His will with my prayer requests. If you don't already start your prayers in thanksgiving, give it a try this week. Psalm 100:4 tells us to do just that.