Elevated Faith

Trade Despair for Praise 

Do you ever have those days of despair? Maybe you feel sad for no reason or are stressed out with the cares and concerns of life, to the point where you wonder if you can go on. That’s where today’s Bible verse comes in. 

Praise is one of the best things to do when you feel you can’t go on. Isaiah tells us that we have a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. That means we must put on praise like we would a shirt. We put on praise instead of feeling overwhelmed, upset, or full of despair. 

Today I encourage you to trade your despair for praise. You can do this by finding a praise playlist that you like on YouTube. Just search for worship music and keep it playing as much as you can. Read Psalms of praise over and over. The more you can praise, the more heaviness seems to lift. So, challenge yourself to keep praising despite your trials and watch your burden of despair be lifted.  

… provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:3 (NIV) 

Let’s Pray 

Yahweh, I praise you that with you, nothing is impossible. Father, Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by Your great powerful hand, by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You. God, please help me. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know whom to turn to. So I turn to you. Holy Spirit, please strengthen me. God, even though I don’t know all the answers, I know that you do. In the Bible, you promise to help us when we pray to you. So I pray confidently to you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 


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By Pastor Ray Patrick

Evangelism. Outreach. Ministry.
Pastor Ray Patrick is a R.E Teacher at The Eden School

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