"Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel."It stuck me as I read the verse that there is a simple acronym contained in the text that could be a very helpful way to think about prayer.
"Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel."T - thank
I - invoke
P - praise
Take a moment in prayer to thank God for the many things he does in our lives. He gives us breath, beauty, bounty, blessings, and many other things that begin with letters besides B. The Book of James says that 'every good and perfect gift' come from God, and we can express our gratitude to him by taking time in prayer to thank him.
Invoking God in prayer can take all kinds of forms. It can be a call to God for his help. It can be a request to God asking him to step in a make a situation right or for protection. When we invoke God during prayer we are pleading with him to interject himself someway into our lives and to do something that only He can do.
This is the part of prayer that involves recognizing the greatness, grandeur, and goodness of God. Praising God is a combination of thanks and compliment and awesome reckoning at who God is. It is a celebration of God's grace, love, power, compassion, justice, and sovereignty. In prayer we praise God by declaring back to him who He is, and who He has revealed himself to be through Scripture.