We Pray In Praise In Storms

October 5, 2014

Friends,
Just by living on this fallen planet, we are bound to have storms –trials, disappointments, grief, pain, death… This isn’t Heaven. But, we do have God. We do have a Savior. And His Spirit is available for all who put their trust in Him, all who walk obediently with Him. His name is Jesus and He is completely able to save us from all that we need to be saved from. This means saved from sin and Hell, but it does not always mean being saved from having to endure storms. Therefore, being that storms are part of this life, we need to understand what the Lord requires of us as we go through them.

The Lord requires us to have faith. Faith in Him. Faith that He will see us through, be right there with us, give us peace and strength in the journey, and mold our character into Christ-likeness. We must have faith. Without it we cannot please God. (Heb. 11:6) But with it, we overcome the world. (1 John 5:4) And even if we die, we live. (John 11:25,26)

How do we exercise and prove our faith? We obey the Holy Spirit. But this we can do only if we are reading the Word which is where He / His Truth is found, heard, known, and experienced. (Here is a very important post regarding this: https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/salvation-comes-through-the-word/)

When we are led by the Spirit of God / the Word of God, we will be led to pray in praise, especially if we are going through, or expecting to go through, a storm. This praising, faith-filled prayer to God will be intense, it will be continuous, and it will be battle –meaning, strenuous, but also flowing compulsively like a torrent. For when we, by our will and faith, open wide our mouths, God Himself fills our tongues. (Ps. 81:10) He has brought us up out of bondage, storms, pain, heartache, and afflictions from the enemy (see same verse), and He will do so again –through our prayers that are filled with praise.

But let me say it again: A tiny morsel of God’s Word and a small bit of praising is not going to bring the answer, the deliverance, the miracle. It takes making the battle our priority. It takes making the winning of it an expectation of confident faith. And it takes engaging our battle weapons whenever –and I mean, whenever– we get the chance, whether it be while driving, cooking, cleaning house, or walking down the aisle of a grocery store. In other words, we must be quoting the Word and exalting God continuously and assertively as we exhibit for Him our complete trust in Him and His will for us.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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