Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Anybody gets distressed at closed doors because it slams too hard on a step towards their future dreams and wishes – a closed door on your job, a shut womb, a latched portal on your marriage, a sealed door that has terminated your ministry anointing from flowing further, a relationship that has put a lid on never to be removed.  Have you ever faced any such doors that are sealed over a long period? The doors could have closed.  But, how do you choose to respond to it?

Paul and Silas, the great apostles of God, were arrested, beaten and their feet were fastened in the stocks for preaching the word of God. Did they regret their ministry and blame God for this suffering? No! They began to pray and sing hymns to God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. The God Almighty, enthroned in the praises, descended on them (Psalm 22:3). He smelled their praises and thanks as sweet and pleasant aroma. He loosened their fetters and set them free. The foundations of the prison were shaken and all the doors were opened automatically. Because of this occurrence, the keeper of the prison and his household accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour in that same night and they were blessed by Him (Acts 16:23-34).

When God opens a door, no one can shut it! Beloved, did you see how Paul and Silas responded to their shut doors? They praised the Almighty God with all their heart.  Today, choose to praise Him.  He is more than worthy to be praised.  Start giving thanks for all of His goodness in your life and praise would flow freely from your heart.  Praise is such a powerful weapon against all negative emotions and thoughts.  It will break all the strongholds of the enemy in your life.  Lyell Rader says: “If you can’t pray a door open, do not pry it open.”  Yes, it means do not use the strength of your flesh and the knowledge to open a door.  Just believe in His goodness and keep praying and praising. Every shut door would fling open automatically before you. The Bible says, “Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9).  Yes, at the end you would see the promise, “See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut” (Revelation 3:8) beautifully shining before you!

A Prayer for Today
Loving Father, all these years I have used my physical strength, my wisdom and my efforts to open the shut door before me.  Today, I surrender that they all have turned out to be futile. As Your word says, I commit myself to praise you at all times.  Fill me with songs of praise and worship.  Let my unbelief, doubt and fear vanish as I keep praising Your great name.  As You did for Paul and Silas, let the shut doors open before me.  May Your name alone be glorified through this.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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