What would your day be like if you didn’t ask God for anything but just praised Him? Spending just one day without asking God for anything is one of the most powerful things that a person can do. All day long God hears the prayers of all the earth. Why not spend just one day and just thank Him for what He has already done for you? Why not thank Him in faith for what you are believing that He will do?
There have been many occasions that I have chosen to just have a “Thanks Day” and not ask for a single thing. There is something wonderful that transpires when this occurs – a tremendous sense of joy and hope fills my innermost being. You see often prayer is draining – a pouring forth of our innermost hurts, needs, desires and wants. Often by the end of the day I feel tired and often frustrated because I have yet to see my answers to prayer – gotta get up tomorrow and start all over again!
Praise breaks the monotony of vain repetition. Praise lifts God to His rightful place. Praise reminds us that God is still in control and He has heard all our prayers. Praise tells our mind and spirit that the answer is on the way we just need to trust and relax in the fact that God is bringing it about. I always start a new year out with a fast of some sort. I have fasted everything from T.V. to sugar.
This year I will be fasting 30 days of prayer. For 30 days I will not ask one thing of God – I will just praise Him in faith for the answer already coming. I will praise Him for food on the table, heat in my house, kids that are healthy and the sun that comes up each morning. This is my 3rd day of the fast and something wonderful has already happened – I feel lighter, happier, more confident in God. Won’t you join me? You may find the joy you have been seeking for.
FOOTNOTE: Since my fast I saw many answers to prayer and a tremendous change in attitude in my life and prayer life. Answers to prayer continue to come and I find my life has a greater joy in the journey. I also feel that my faith has grown tremendously. I encourage each of you to try this for a least a few days – I believe you will find a new level of growth in your relationship with God.