When Was Your Last Praise Break?

Praise break, as used in this article, is a reference to stopping what you are doing and deliberately praising God for what He is doing and will do in your life.

In our text (i.e., I Pet. 5:8-11), Peter first of all urges his readers to resist the devil. And then he has them to know that God will restore them, after they have suffered a little while.

We don’t spend much time talking about resisting the devil. And every now and then we need to remind ourselves that we all must suffer, but we have some hope also. In this devotional series, I want to suggest that we should work on resisting and suffering with hope.

In this particular devotional, let’s focus on having a praise break. When we grow to resist the devil and endure suffering with hope in God’s restoration then it will make all of the sense in the world why we ought to stop, as Peter did, right where we are and give God some praise.

Peter only had three more verses and the book would have been finished. However, he decided to take a praise break.

Every now and then, when we think about how the Lord has kept us from the destruction of the devil and restored us after we suffered a little while, we to ought to pause for praise. We ought to join Peter in saying, “To God be the power forever and ever.”

And then I don’t think God would be mad, if we mixed in some “hallelujahs, thank You Jesus, glory to Your name, and praise the Lord.” When I look at how excited we can become over sports events, surely we ought to give God enthusiastic praise.

When we think about how the Lord has brought us, how the Lord is keeping us, and where the Lord is taking us to, we ought to stop in the middle of what we are doing and give Him some praise.

Nobody but the Lord has brought us through dangers seen and unseen. When I read and listen to my elders talk about the hateful and wicked things that our fore parents had to endure in this country and then I see how far we've come, I have to praise Him.

Many of us have been blessed to drive nice cars, live in nice homes, wear nice cloths, and go to school and make something out of ourselves, nobody but the Lord has brought us.

Nobody but the Lord allows our moments to keep rolling on. Every time we watch the news, it seems that someone has been shot or stabbed or burned or ran over or suffered a heart attack. But the Lord allows us to keep on living.

When we think about His goodness and what He has done for us, we ought to praise His holy name. In fact, while you work your way through the following "self examination" and "prayer," I think I will take a praise break (smile) …

Self Examination
List some things that God has done for you lately that you ought to praise Him for.

How does thinking about these issues help you cope with the troubles in your life?



Prayer
Great and awesome God, I praise You for being a God who is more powerful than any satanic influence that I will ever encounter. I thank You for Your marvelous plan for Your people. I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people.

I confess that I have complained about my suffering and even doubted You, when I should have been praising You for all that You have done and will do in my life. Please forgive me for these and my many other sins, in the name of Jesus.

Please help me to take regular praise breaks, especially when things seem rough and tough in my life. Thank You, in the name of Your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Please complete the form below.

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