Psalm 59:16

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

God may answer our prayers the way we want. We may get a good report from the doctor, get that dream job, or see our child come back to God. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen that way. Bad things happen in this life. Sometimes we have control over it, but most of the time we don’t.

Why doesn’t God answer our prayers the way we want? I don’t know the answer to that question. I could give some theological, philosophical answer but the truth is I don’t know why one person gets their prayers answered the way they want and another doesn’t.

We don’t always have a choice in what happens or doesn’t happen to us. But we do have a choice about how we react. How we react is the key to keeping our faith strong and staying in peace during the tough times.

One positive choice to make is to continue to praise God in the face of whatever difficulty you’re  having. Your first reaction may be—why should I praise God, I’m dying from cancer?

But then we have to come back to the steps 2 and 3 that I talked about when facing adversity. Believing God loves you and accepting His Sovereignty. If you know that God loves you and that He is the King, then you can praise God because you know that whatever happens—good or bad—He will work it out for your good.

One way that I praise God is very simple praise prayers. When I start feeling worried, discouraged, or overwhelmed, I will use my simple praise prayers. A few of them are:

I trust you, God. I know that you will take care of me.

I know that you love me and won’t abandon me.

Whatever happens, I love you and I trust you.

I can’t tell you why it works, but I can tell you that it does work. Praising God during the storms helps me to stay strong and to keep my peace and joy. We can’t always control what happens, but we can always  choose to stay in faith and to praise God.

SHARING TIME: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO PUBLICLY PRAISE GOD FOR? I’ll start. It’s been a month since my first treatment on my brain tumor and I’m showing none of the adverse reactions that could happen. Thank you, God. And I’m praising God for my new book contract as well. He is so good to me! Now, it’s your turn. Let’s use this post to celebrate God’s goodness!

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