One of the greatest advantages of my job at the christian school is that I'm surrounded by people who draw to God on a daily basis. When someone feels the least bit anxious about something, it's quite normal to hear things like: "well, pray about it", "I'll be praying for you", "all you can do is pray about it". This type of environment has really done wonders for my prayer life.
What used to be a routine evening prayer in my journal (which followed the traditional format of praise, thank, ask, confess, thank, praise, in Jesus name amen) has turned into praying all through out the day.
These prayers are not done in a way of talking to a friend either. I want to be very reverent to my heavenly father. What I've found myself doing is drawing near to God in the midst of stress, or happiness, or whatever my emotion might be.
Little things come up all time, and when I feel anxious I praise God for being a mighty and awesome God who is powerful and loving enough to bring me peace and strength. When I feel happy about something I praise God for making all things good. I've learned to continually praise God throughout the day for his greatness. I don't know that I've ever felt closer to God. I can feel him working on me and working in my life.
This is a song that's been on my mind. It's all about praising God through it all and finding strength through Him... and most importantly gaining strength FROM praising Him. Copy and paste the following link into your browser and take a few minutes to reflect on the message of this song. Take a moment to reflect on God's great love for us. Read through the lyrics.
Your Love O Lord- Third Day
Your love, oh Lord
Reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the sky
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice flows like the ocean's tide
I will lift my voice
To worship You, my King
I will find my strength
In the shadow of your wings