Happy new year fam!
I cannot believe it’s February already, it is also our first anniversary! Wow, God is good all the way.
I want to say a big thank you to all of you for the support all of last year. When I started blogging, I started it scared because I was not sure anyone would want to read what I had to write. I just wanted to write as I experienced God. I truly am grateful for every one of you so please continue to share, and comment and God bless and keep you all!
If you have been following me, you know that I introduced a new routine to my mornings. One, which allows to me spend quality time before the father at the start of the day. Here’s my story.
There I was in Wisconsin in training for my job. It was a Tuesday morning; my husband had been away on a project in Nigeria and because of the time difference between us – we had not been able to speak because of his busy schedule. We had to communicate using WhatsApp.
I was practically getting back to my hotel room, checking up on the kids and crashing every night so I had not spoken to him the day before so I was kind of hoping that there would be some WhatsApp messages waiting for me.
That particular morning, I put on my worship playlist and guess what was playing – Steffany Gretzinger and Jeremy Riddle cover of Sinach’s Waymaker. They stayed a while on the line ‘even when I don’t see it you’re working’ part for a while so my spirit was already pumped. You still with me?
Just before I started my devotion though; I had seen a message come in but I just thought I’ll check when I’m done praying but my mind kept going back to my phone so I checked and I see a ‘not so good’ message. It was not good news and because of the content of that message I started to pray but my prayer was more out of agitation.
Don’t Pray in Panic!
A few minutes into it, I heard a voice, soft but loud and it simply said ‘don’t panic pray’. Short Pause! What? I had to ask – ‘what in the world is panic praying? I stopped and in the same instant, the Holy Spirit showed me the opposite of the content of the message. He said to me ‘pray for a release’.
My prayer instantly changed. I had come from a place where I was praying out of a fear based on what I was reading. Even though in mind, I was trusting God for a turnaround of the situation that was developing; but I was doing it out of fear when I should have been coming ‘boldly’ to the throne of grace as the word tells us to. God flipped the script!
There is a scripture the Holy Spirit has been bringing up for weeks now – John 16: 23 -24. I have been reading that scripture for years, I can recite it from sleep but it never hit me the way it did when I finally read it in the Message version!
“This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!
Check that out – ‘Pray ‘in keeping with what I have revealed to you’. That means we are to pray as God directs us, many times we are directing!
Let me explain
I woke up in the morning, there was a message on my phone that there was a potential issue that might occur later that week and I instantly started to pray, binding and loosing but the Holy Spirit stopped me and said to me “don’t panic pray”, this is what I want you to do. He gave me specific instructions in the moment. Not hours later, not two days later, immediately! He revealed to me the answer that I needed to pray.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that the answers are always going to come instantly. I am just saying God is always speaking! And, if you take nothing out of this post, please understand that 2020 is the year or the decade in which if you stick with God, God will stick with you.
Why in the beginning of the decade is God telling me not to panic but to pray?
This is how I answered the question. I believe that I will have many opportunities for success but there may also be situations that will try to cause me to panic. At the beginning of 2020, He is essentially telling me ‘I’ve Got You! He is telling me that in the beginning of a new decade – there is no need to panic. I (God) will give you what you need in the moment – all you need to do is be consistently before me. Just Be!
Because just as those opportunities to ‘panic pray’ are going to come, He’s also going to be real in giving me the answer to my prayer so that I can pray those prayers according to what He reveals about the situation.
Simple answer to a simple question – will situations come where I will need to pray? Yes! Do I need to panic? No!
Finally My Brethren!
I have two songs for you this time. The first one is titled Won’t Hold Back by WorshipMob and the second is ‘Keep on Getting Better by Maverick City but this cover is by WorshipMob also.
These are both songs I started 2020 with and I know both will bless you. It is on repeat, as I cannot seem to get enough of it. I cannot think of a better way to finish this post than this.
Imagine in this moment as you are reading this post – God is saying to you
I’ve closed the distance
I’m with you now
I’ll never leave you, my child
Come out of hiding
I’ll meet you there
Steady and faithful
I’m not going anywhere
Cling to Me, I won’t hold myself back from you
May I suggest you make a YouTube list of both songs, put them on repeat and let it soak in your heart, you will not remain the same, I can promise you that! Be blessed, the deeper you go in God, the better your experience of Him gets so go deeper!