I was feeling down. (not anymore – see below) It was nothing specific just a combination of things. The Christian House Sitters Site gets so many people visiting it but it seems to take forever to get members to actually sign up. They write with questions, I reply then hear nothing for days, then they send more questions, I reply again, eventually they sign up but then it takes another long wait before they submit their details. It was getting to me. I felt down.
As I was praying I was reminded of Isaiah chapter 12 verse 4 “And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.”
I call it the triangle of Isaiah. Praise -> Prayer ->Proclaim.
It begins with Praise. “Praise the LORD” Even when we don’t feel like praising God. He is worthy of our praise.
Verse 2 reminds us that “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”
As I praise God it encourages me. I feel better. I feel more positive, My faith grows. This gives me confidence to move on to the second step. Prayer. “Praise the LORD, call upon his name“ I can pray because I have been praising.
As I pray I see God answering my prayers. This further builds my faith and gives me something to talk about. Something to proclaim. “Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people“ I can declare his doings. I can tell others how God has answered prayer.
As I do that I see God working in others lives. This in turn gives me more grounds for praise.
Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.”
Praise leads to Prayer.
Prayer leads to Proclamation
Proclamation leads to Praise