Lastnight Josiah had one of his crying spells. Lately he has been waking up more frequently throughout the night. I am troubled because he is also teething so I know he is dealing with a lot of discomfort.
As my husband tried to put him back to sleep, I remained in our bedroom and began praying. I prayed for the armor of God to surround Josiah and my husband. I requested the angels to surround every inch of our house. I asked God to rain peace so that Josiah could fall asleep. Slowly my prayers transitioned to cries of praise. I felt songs surface up and I began to thank God. The lines “I’m not afraid, my world is safe in your hands” from Israel Houghton’s song “You Hold My World” flowed from my mouth and tears started streaming down my face. I felt a shift in my spirit. I became confident that the Lord would bring peace into our house. As Josiah’s cries became louder,my praise got stronger.
This was my first time experiencing praise this way. I did not realize I was praying in fear until I felt a push to just praise. It was difficult at first because I was focused on Josiah. But as my mind shifted to the wonder of God I felt my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15). God had already answered my prayer. I had to receive it. To receive it I had to give praise.
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.”
Psalm 128:1-2, 4 NIV
Praise is the receipt for your prayers. It is confirmation that the Lord has heard us and is working in the atmosphere. It is crucial to praise God in our personal walk with Him because it seals our faith. Praise diverts attention from our issues to the splendor of the king. How amazing is the glory of God! I’ve wasted so many prayers begging God to be with me when he has always been there. It’s like crying for food when the plate is sitting in front of you.
I am excited for the blessings I will gain access to because my mind has been renewed. Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ!
May you all receive the grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ. It is already yours. Just use the key of praise to access it.