As Jesus taught, “…man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Luke 4:4
Have you been fed today?
The alarm goes off, you roll out of bed, head to the loo, shower, dress, grab a bite of food and it’s off to the races!
Your day is a grind, stress and confrontations riddle it, you lose your patience at home too. Now your household is impacted by your day.
Rewind to that moment you turned off the alarm. Replay please!
Blessing #1. You woke up. Your bed didn’t become your cooling board. You received the breath of life (Praise God)
Blessing #2. You awoke with your right mind and use of your faculties and limbs (Praise God)
Blessing #3. You and your household were protected through the night, all are intact, all present and accounted for (Praise God)
Blessing #4. You have a roof over your family’s head, lights, heat and food to eat (Praise God)
Blessing #5. You have a job to go to and transportation to get there to take care of your family (Praise God)
Blessing #6. You and your family were protected and covered throughout the day and returned home safely to a home, lights, heat, food and each other (Praise God)
As you reflect on all the many (and there are still many more) ways that God has blessed, did you, from the moment you shut off that alarm clock, take out one moment to fall to your knees, enter into quiet time with God to Thank and Praise God before beginning your daily routine?
Prayer and praise changes things. We must NEVER take God and His Love, mercies and blessings for granted, nor allow your household!
Matthew 6:33 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
In a quote by Oswald Smith, we find much meaning: “When we work, we work. When we pray, God works.”
Putting God first, acknowledging Him in all our ways, praying fervently, praising God for His many blessings and tender mercies, puts our minds bodies and spirits in receptive mode. It humbles is. It fosters humility. It reignites feelings of God’s mercy and patience with us. It reminds us of the gift of forgiveness and salvation—all of which prepares us to walk and function with a Christ-like mindset in a sin-sick world.
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”
If it is raining outside, would you forget to put on your raincoat, rain boots and take an umbrella? In a snow storm, would you walk around all day in your swimwear, no shoes, no hat, gloves, scarf or winter coat? Of course not!!! We prepare ourselves for the elements outside to protect ourselves from harm.
Is this a practice we apply to spiritual warfare? To things seen and unseen? If you’re not praying and praising God each morning, first thing, before you begin your day, and instead walk out into the devil’s playground spiritually unprepared, naked, without having armed yourself with God’s Word, prayers and praises to Our Heavenly Father, then you did not take care to prepare and protect yourself and your family from Satan and his minions.
Never minimize the power of prayer. Never leave home without it having prayed for yourself and family and as a family before stepping outside of your home.
It is a tool of survival. It is a guide along your journey. It is our hope. It is our help. It is the foundation of our faith.
Be blessed. Remain in prayer 🙏🏽