Psalm 146:1-2 (ESV)
In my circle of friends I have one that is going through some changes and she asked for prayer. Prayers were offered but then a suggestion was made that worked for one friend. She suggested not praying or complaining (I added the complaining part-our complaints are really needs disguised) for anything for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Instead she was challenged to turn her thoughts to simply praising God. Challenge was accepted and several us have joined, shoulder to shoulder, with her in praising God for 72 hours.
It sounded like a great idea as I walked out, in the brisk 38 degree temps, to feed and water our chicken. I praised and thanked God for protecting them from the cold temps and nightly predators.
I praised and thanked him for hot coffee and a warm home.
Then I sat down to the pile of prayer requests that I promised to pray over every day. What to do-I committed to no prayers but committed to pray-that was my dilemma.
Then I was reminded of Jeremiah 29:11-13(ESV)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He knows our story yesterday, today and tomorrow. He knows when we will fly right and when we will stumble. He knows what we need before we even utter the request.
So what is the answer to my dilemma? To go through each pray request and praise and thank God for answering each request before the person sees the physical manifestation of their answer to their pray need.
Praise God for each person I pray for daily.
Praise God for meeting their need.
Praise God in their long wait for an unanswered prayer.
Praise God when it seems their answer is impossible.
Praise God when the answer will be different then what they wanted.
So that solved the prayer issue-I went through each one and praised God for that person and meeting their needs,
I’m also turning my complaining to Praise. My house is a mess, medical issues have made cleaning a challenge but today I choose to praise God for the mess and thank him for it.
It was super cold when I went out to feed the chickens-I praised God for the brisk morning air.
I’m having surgery on the day before Thanksgiving and being released on Thanksgiving and I am praising God there was a cancelation and I don’t need to wait until late December.
I am praising God that we had already decided to move Thanksgiving to the Sunday before-funny how God knows our need before we do.
When we turn our lives to one of praise a wondrous thing happens. We forget our needs and are filled with Joy. It’s only the first day and I am feeling the blessing of joy in my heart and a lightness in my step.
In Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) we are told:
Trust in the with all your heart,
In all your ways acknowledge him,