Praise Challenge: 7 Reasons to Remain in Praise When You’re Waiting
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
Still on our Month of Praise…
For the update on the call to praise for 28 days nonstop, read:
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
- Spend 30 (or more) minutes every day in personal praise and thanksgiving.
- Spend 10 (or more) minutes every day to pray for others.
- No matter how pressing your personal needs are, take your eyes away from them, only praise God and intercede for others
- Whatever can inspire praise and worship in you, involve in it this month – get songs, sing, dance, worship, etc.
- 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
- Share your praise report. Share your testimonies
- 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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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).
There are times when that’s all you can do.
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.