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    Why You Have to Worship Before You See Results

    Has this ever happened to you?

    You’re in a situation that you’re struggling with or you really need God to do something in your life, so you pray about it. You pray every day, but no matter how much you pray, it seems like God just isn’t hearing you because your situation isn’t changing. While you’re praying about this situation, begging God to do what you need Him to do, do you ever stop worshiping?

    Sometimes we get so caught up in our situations and praying for God to work them out that we stop telling God how awesome He is; we stop saying “thank you” for all the things He’s already done for us.

    Does that ever happen to you?

    It happens to me sometimes, especially when I’m really stressed out. When we’re anxious, it can be hard to be thankful and admiring of God while we wait for Him to help us with whatever we’re going through. How are we supposed to be thankful for something we haven’t received yet?

    Generally Christians say that God answers prayers in three ways:

    • Yes
    • No
    • Not yet

    The thing is, even when God’s answer to our prayer is “Yes,” He might work it out in a way we aren’t expecting. The answer might seem like “No” or “Not yet” because we don’t always recognize God’s “Yes” right away. So how do we bring ourselves to worship God while we’re waiting for Him to answer our prayers? Here are a few ideas that can help:

    • Keep a list of all the things you’re thankful for in your life. Give thanks to God for these things while you wait for His answers in other areas of your life.
    • Listen to more worship music than secular music, especially when you’re waiting for God to handle a very stressful situation. Let worship music open your heart to the things about God we tend to forget when we’re overwhelmed.
    • And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Write this verse down and keep it somewhere you can see it every day to remind yourself that God works everything out for your good. God is always working things out for our good even when we can’t see it–this is a fact that we can put our hope in.

    So bring your requests to God in prayer, but don’t let them keep you from the joy and freedom experienced when we worship God. Worship before you see results, while you wait for results and, once God has worked everything out, worship some more!

    Do you ever get so stressed out that you forget to worship God?

    But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, at Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You (Psalm 5:7).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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