Day 2 ~ Urgent Plea for Prayer
“Let’s confuse the enemy and begin to PRAISE! Throughout this entire day, no matter what may come your way, PRAISE!
Seriously, no matter what is going on, even if it’s a crisis, begin to praise. Sing songs all day long. Hit the repeat button on your smart phone, in your car, on your tablet, iPod, etc. Dance today! Clap your hands today! Speak Scriptures today! Be a person of praise.
“Praise is an act of intense and intentional personal or corporate worship or acknowledgement by which the virtue and action of the sovereign and omnipotent God are celebrated. We praise God for who He is and all that He has done (1 Chronicles 16:25; Psalm 150:2; Isaiah 25:1, Colossians 3:16-18). Praising God for who He is is called adoration. Praising God for what He does is called thanksgiving. The experience of praising the Lord may be in song or prayer, individually or collectively, spontaneous or planned, originating from the emotions or from the will (Psalm 34:1; 71:6, 14). Sometimes our praise is by necessity sacrificial because of what we are experiencing in the battle (Hebrew 13:15). Failure to praise God is to withhold from God what rightfully belongs to Him. We always have a choice as to what we will do in the seasons of our trial and tribulation. You could: stress out, feel bad, get angry, be miserable, run away, live in denial, try to control, lash out, or YOU CAN PRAISE THE LORD!” (quote from Pastor Kevin Dudley, The Church at North Pointe teaching from “The Fight of Your Life.”)
“However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name” (1 Peter 4:16).
Waking up on this day with terror hitting Las Vegas, Nevada. There is an urgency to pray. There is an urgency to pray on one accord. The most recent count is 58 deceased, and 518 wounded. Before we can have time to grieve we have those trying to turn this into some sort of political matter focused on the rights of gun owners, the rights of free speech, and other political ideology. Yes, those two amendments are our constitutional rights, however, give us the space to grieve the loss of those murdered while enjoying an evening of country music before we get into a political back and forth.
I maintain that the spin of the media pundits offers his or her commentary without based upon their personal opinion and/or their ongoing narrative pushing their agenda. This continues to cause a separation. We wonder why we can not unite. It is because…
People are divided.
People are outraged.
People are confused.
People are perplexed.
People want answers.
People are seeking peace.
…and yet here we are once again in the face of adversity.
It is easy to look to the right and look to the left and focus on the evil all around, and yet I maintain to focus on praying for a healing of the land. “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Let’s praise our way through. Let’s confuse the enemy.~ Tweetable @GailDudley #PrayerfullySavvy
He’s expecting us to throw in the towel. He is expecting us to become more divided. He’s expecting us to fall into depression and oppression. No! Let’s praise! Say it with me, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)