29 Jun There Is No Better Praise Time Than Wilderness Time
Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 16:20–34 Key Verses: Acts 16:23, 25
When they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them
into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely . . .
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing
hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Do you feel that everything in your life has come to a complete stop? I assure you that God has a reason for it. Reason had nothing to do with the prayers and hymns Paul and Silas offered to God. Everything looked bad and like it was getting worse for them. Reason walked out the door when they were unlawfully beaten and imprisoned, but the Spirit of praise was just warming up.
God’s ultimate purpose for putting you “in check” is to see if you are concerned about what He originally told you in the secret place. Are you still focused on the pure word He gave you about His destiny for you? Are you still determined to accomplish His will above all others?
God’s chief concern is the purpose to which He called you. He wants you to stay on track. Are you running a one- hundred-yard dash or a marathon? Even more important, which one did He tell you to run? God wants you to be close to Him. “The closer you are to Me, the less you will mess up,” says the Father. Once you fall deeply in love with Him, you will not want to hurt or grieve God in any way.
Take advantage of this delay to fall more in love with Jesus. It will do your heart good.
Pray this prayer with me:
Lord Jesus, is my life over? Did all my usefulness in the kingdom suddenly evaporate? No, You made me for a divine purpose, and it will come to pass. I love You more than ever, Lord. I will use this wilderness time to lift up Your name out loud. I will shout Your praises from every windswept cliff and recount Your mighty acts from every deep valley. By the time I pass through this dry place, Your name will echo in every corner of its expanse!
From “Called To Conquer Daily Devotional” by Bishop Eddie Long