Praise Challenge: 7 Reasons to Remain in Praise When You’re Waiting

Prophetic Declaration for the Year

This is My Year of Total Restoration and All Round Victory.”

“For God is at work in my life; He will give me victory on every side, and empower me to experience all-round restoration, in Jesus name.”

Today’s Reading

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31


Update

Still on our Month of Praise…

For the update on the call to praise for 28 days nonstop, read:

1. After Fasting and Praying, What Next?

2.  Command the Month With Praise

3.  15 Declarations of Praise

4. 7 Reasons to Remain in Praise While Waiting for Answers to Your Prayers

5. Testimonies and Declarations of Praise by Rev. Clement Uko


How to Participate in the Praise Challenge

  1. Spend 30 (or more) minutes every day in personal praise and thanksgiving.
  2. Spend 10 (or more) minutes every day to pray for others.
  3. No matter how pressing your personal needs are, take your eyes away from them, only praise God and intercede for others
  4.  Whatever can inspire praise and worship in you, involve in it this month – get songs, sing, dance, worship, etc.
  5. Be very very watchful. God will speak to you and give you strange ideas and directions this period. Write down every new thought and revelation that God brings to your heart or through a vision or dream
  6. Share your praise report. Share your testimonies
  7. For the full devotional guide on the Praise Challenge, Get the Book on Amazon

Reflection: 7 Reasons to Remain in Praise When You’re Waiting

 

Nobody likes to wait.

I don’t.

We all want immediate results, fast answers, and instant gratification.

We want to get answers immediately we ask.

We want our life’s toughest problems resolved in one or two hours.

I don’t know why we’re like that, but that’s how we are.

Yes. Common sense says doing absolutely nothing should be easy for us, but it’s not.

Fortunately, the art of waiting is one skill every Christian must learn.

For you need patient patience – to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising – so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised. – Hebrews 10:36 (AMP)

After you’ve prayed and done the will of God, the next thing to do is to wait.  You need to bear up under the difficult circumstances until the full manifestation of the answer.

Now I have to admit that as a preacher, it’s easier said than done. But there’s nothing we can do about it. We must bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising – so that when we have carried out the will of God, we may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.

You’ve prayed for a job so you can provide for your family as the Bible instructs. Great. So, where’s the job?

Wait.

You’ve prayed over and over that God will draw your children to Himself, unto salvation. He says clearly in His Word that He will do that. So, what now?

Wait.

You’ve prayed for provision and power to get out of debt. The Bible says that if God does care for the birds of the air, He’ll care for us much more. You’ve read and claimed that over and over. What’s next?

Wait.

You’re praying for a more definite path to take about your future? God says He will guide us on the path to take. But there are still doubts somewhere in your mind. How do you proceed?

Wait.

As a pastor, I hear this over and over, on a daily basis: “I’ve done a lot of forgiving, I’ve broken foundational curses, I’ve claimed the promises. I really need divine intervention in this matter? What should I do next?”

It breaks my heart all the time when I hear things like that? However, the scripture has the answer:

Having done all….stand” (Ephesians 6:12).

Wait.

There are times when that’s all you can do.

Stand.

Maybe you’re in the middle of a difficult physical, relational, financial or spiritual challenge today. You’ve exhausted your resources to solve your problem, and prayed, and even prayed some more. Now you need to:

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14)

As difficult as it can be, waiting develops our spiritual muscles in unique ways. “…Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

So why should we remain in praise and continue to give thanks while waiting?

1. It keeps us in the right spirit

Over six hundred thousand people left Egypt with Moses. But none of them, except their children, reached the Promised Land. They all died in the wilderness. Why?

Unbelief, complaining and murmuring.

There’s no better antidote to unbelief and complaining than willful praise.

When we intentionally choose praise and thanks, we bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

2. Increases our faith.

Faith is having the assurance that the things (the promises) we haven’t seen are real, and acting as though we already have them (Heb. 11:1). Without faith, we cannot please God, or receive His promises.

As humans, we’re always moving from faith to worry; from worry to fear; from fear to hopelessness; from hopelessness to unbelief. Then the circle starts all over again.

But praise keeps us in faith.

3. Submitting to God’s will

When we intentionally choose praise, we’re submitting to God’s will for our lives at the moment.

First, the Bible says that giving thanks at all times is God’s will.

Secondly, it is also a way we’re saying, “Yes, LORD. We know You’ll see us through this. But just in case we don’t get this, You’re still our God anyway.”

That’s the highest level of service.

4. A deeper understanding of God’s ways

God is dealing with us differently.

There’s no guarantee that your life and stories will be like the other person who testified in church last Sunday. There are specific things and revelations God is bringing your way.

As we remain in praise and thanks while waiting, we’ll begin to understand what exactly is happening and why. God’s ways and dealings with us will start to get more obvious.

5. God is good, and He is bigger than our needs

Most times, when I read through hundreds of prayer requests we receive daily, I’m moved to tears. There’s so much pain out there. Some stories are so touching that you’ll wonder, “God, where are You?”

One day, I was discussing one of the prayer requests with our prayer team for prayers, when the Holy Spirit began to enlighten my mind. I began to see that sometimes the devil tries to magnify our problems to look so big that we no longer remember that God is good.

I began to see that the first key to answered prayer is to understand that God is good and that He’s bigger than our problems.

If this understanding is rooted in our spirits, the devil will not mess with our minds. We’ll pray knowing fully well that God is not intimidated by the problem, neither should we.

Intentional praise will empower you to continue to see the goodness and bigness of God over your circumstances.

6. God is more important than our needs

When we choose to remain in praise in our time of waiting, we are acknowledging in practice that God is bigger than our situations and needs. This type of attitude shows that we’re not serving God just because we hope He will always give us our needs; but because we love and accept Him as our creator and owner.

7. God’s plans are bigger than ours

Most of the things and problems we need help from are small compared to what God wants to do with and in our lives. I remember some time ago when we desperately needed to pay our rent. I prayed earnestly for divine provision.

Somehow, some provisions came, yes.

But it was not enough to solve the problem. Though it got us some relief, we still needed more. However, it was during that time God gave me an idea that has empowered so many others to start their businesses and continues to lighten others.

Look at that. I needed money to pay rent. We found ourselves in a situation that was intense and needed instant gratification. We prayed, and prayed, and prayed. But in answer to our prayers, God gave me an idea. We didn’t get all the money to take care of the rent issue immediately. But to God, that idea was more important than instant cash to pay rent.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9 (AMP)

Remain in praise while waiting for answers to your prayers.

Many times, God’s got something bigger for you.

In His Service.

 

Culled from the book, 28 Days of Praise Challenge


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Daniel C. Okpara is the author of numerous best-selling books, including, What Do You Have in Your House?, Parable of the Serpent, Pillars of Excellence in Life and Business, Take it By Force, Prayer Wave, and Many others. He is the founder of Better Life World Outreach Center, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to global evangelism and equipping of God's people to live a better life. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Prayers Foundation www.breakthroughprayers.org), an online portal leading people all over the world to encounter God and change their lives through prayer. He has authored over 50 books on business, prayer, relationship, and investment.

14 Comments
  1. Reply
    Marsha February 12, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Wonderful message today. It reallt spoke to me. Sometimes waiting and holding firm to our beliefs is the hardest part of being a Christian.

    I did miss the new mysic, tho. It really speaks to my heart.

  2. Reply
    Alexia February 12, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Thank you Pastor, I am in those days of waiting! He is a good God and never fails

  3. Reply
    Diana February 12, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Pastor thanks for today’s encouragement very POWERFUL words which I’m definitely taking on board. I will continue to PRAISE GOD while I wait because I know for certain MY GOD is BIGGER than my problems and he never fails….My testing will turn into a testimony.
    All Glory to God.

  4. Reply
    Kevin Slater February 12, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Trusting the FAVOR OF GOD to erase 14months unemployment. Be blessed.

  5. Reply
    Dandy Israel February 12, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    thanks for the post sir.God bless.

  6. Reply
    Frenchie February 13, 2018 at 7:01 am

    It is well with my soul continue doing your awesome work in the vineyard and the⛪said AMEN

  7. Reply
    Melinda February 13, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you for today’s message..
    Clearly the Lord was speaking to me..
    GOD BLESS YOU

  8. Reply
    Nikita February 14, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Praise the Lord! Thank you for the teaching with regard to 7 Reasons to Remain in Praise When You’re Waiting. The spiritual insights were quite edifying and the revelation of the benefits supplied great encouragement to continue in praise as we wait on the Lord.

    Overtaking blessings that come from the Lord be thine.

  9. Reply
    Dennis February 15, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    It’s very powerful message and its true the very difficult thing is to wait but how can we manage to wait in very agent situation like maybe your son is lost or kidnapped

  10. Reply
    Suzette Charles February 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    PASTOR I JUST WANT TO THANK FOR YOUR PRAYER AND THE WEEKLY DEVOTIONALS. I AM NOT WORKING SINCE JUNE 2017, BUT GOD HAS BEEN MY PROVIDER. I AM TRULY BLESSED. MY HUSBAND WHO LEFT ME WITH TWO KIDS FOR THE PAST 9 YEARS, IS NOW COMMITTING TO TAKE CARE OF US.
    MONDAY AS I WAS PRAISING GOD WITH ALL THE DEBT I HAVE, I HEARD A VOICE TOLD ME TO CALL MY BANK. I DON’T HAVE ANY INCOME COMING, AND NOW I HAVE TO CALL MY BANK. THE NEXT DAY, THAT SAME VOICE TOLD ME TO CALL THE BANK SO I DID.
    I TOLD THE BANKER THAT I HAVE A BUNCH OF SMALL DEBT THAT I HAVE TO CONSOLIDATE.
    I WAS PAYING $500 A MONTH TO KEEP ALL THE BILLS PAY, AND THE INTEREST RATE ARE VERY HIGH, 27.99% – 29.99% FOR EACH OF THE LENDER.
    THE BANKER AGREED TO CONSOLIDATED ALL MY BILL AT 2.5% FOR 12 MONTHS, AND MY BILL DROP FROM $500 TO $23.00 A MONTH. THE TOTAL INTEREST RATE I SAVED IS 88.99%. a month to 2.5%.
    PRAISE GOD.
    MY GOD CINTINUE TO DO MERVERLOUS THINGS FOR YOUR MINISTER.
    I LOVE YOUR THE WORK YOU ARE DOING IN THE LIFE OF GOD’S PEOPLE.

    • Reply
      Daniel C. Okpara February 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Helleluja, Praise God.

      I am overjoyed at what God has begun to do in your life. I believe that He who began a great work in your life, will bring it to completion.

      Amen

  11. Reply
    APOSTLE JESSE BLAKE February 18, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Hello Pastor Daniel C. Okpara; your fasting instructions have been a blessing for me and my members. I want to sow a seed into this ministry.Please send me detail information how to plant a seed in your ministry. Be blessed in Jesus Name.

    • Reply
      Daniel C. Okpara February 19, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Hi sir,

      I sent you a mail on blake500—@…com

      We will revert back to you once we get your donation

      God bless you and your ministry

  12. Reply
    Obinna February 27, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you sir. Your messages are powerful. The world need them.

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