Sometimes the last thing you want to hear when you’re going through something is “read your Bible, pray or praise”. When your emotions have the best of you that’s exactly what you don’t want to do. I want to encourage you to do it anyway because it always works.
The Bible has all the answers to any situation you’re facing. One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Psalm 119 because David talks about how much he loves God’s Word and how It helped him through whatever he was facing. When David wanted to give up God’s Word kept him going. His Word gives you the strength you need to endure. (Psalm 119:25- I am completely discouraged—I lie in the dust. Revive me by your Word.)
In Acts 16 Peter was imprisoned and about to be executed by King Herod. (Acts 12:5- But earnest prayer was going up to God from the church for his safety all the time he was in prison.) The night before he was to be executed, he was asleep, and an angel of the Lord came and rescued him. (Acts 12:11- Peter finally realized what had happened! “It’s really true!” he said to himself. “The Lord has sent His angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jews were hoping to do to me!”) Through prayer Peter was freed from his enemies and escaped death. The church could’ve worried about Peter but they chose to do what they knew would bring results. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (James 5:16). Pray instead of worrying how you’re going to get though it. (Philippians 4:6- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.)
Praise is to express warm approval or admiration of. God gave the Israelites specific instructions when it was time for them to conquer Jericho and it included praise. Why? Because God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Praise allows Him to intervene in your situation. (Joshua 6:20- So when the people heard the trumpet blast, they shouted as loud as they could. And suddenly the walls of Jericho crumbled and fell before them, and the people of Israel poured into the city from every side and captured it!) Your praise is a weapon. If it knocked down the walls of Jericho it can knock down any barrier in your life.
God’s Word, prayer and praise is a weapon. Use the tools He gave you to get though whatever it is that you’re facing.