Praise, at it’s core, is an attitude and expression of highest gratitude and thanksgiving for God and for each other. It’s not a matter of thanking and praising Him FOR every negative circumstance and trial of life, but WITHIN or IN SPITE of them. It is the intentional attitude of recognizing that nothing is beyond God’s authority and ability to resolve and restore.
As with praise, prayer has often been reduced to definitions that are not untrue, but are far from complete. It simplest terms, prayer can be described as man talking to God and God communicating with man. In reality, prayer is as complex and full of powerful potential as the idea of active two way communication itself. For me, personally, it has been helpful to think of prayer as having truthful connection with God where I am always learning and perceiving the wisdom of His mind, and heartbeat of His love. Of all forms of communication in life, meaningful contact with God is of the highest and utmost importance.
I believe the breath of the Kingdom of God trumps all in my considerations and movements in my life. Without both of those in full measure, the Kingdom of God is just another among many useless doctrines of religion.