Why Saturday Morning Praise?
OK, so it’s Saturday morning!!! The most anticipated day of the week. For some it’s a day for chores, for others it’s a day to finally sleep in. Regardless of the situation, God is waiting patiently to commune with His beloved child – you. (Click here to jump direct to the prayer: Saturday Morning Prayer )
You may have a favorite spot in the house. Or, if you’re from a big family, you may very well have to find a spot, away from the buzz and the tempo.
It’s always great when you wake up and it seems that everything is figured out. It’s so easy to get your morning prayer going.
You can fling your hands in the air and just give thanks for all that your God has done, but what about the days that it just isn’t so easy?
What about the mornings you wake up and the bills still aren’t paid? Or the morning you wake up to realize your spouse spent the night elsewhere?
What about the mornings you wake up only to remember the fight you had the night before with your teenager? It’s not so easy to lift Holy hands before the Lord and give thanks.
You may even ask yourself “what am I to be thankful about?” But amidst all the drama there is ALWAYS a reason to give thanks.
What about giving thanks amidst the trial?
I know it’s easy to give thanks for the blessings we receive. It’s even doable to give thanks for the breakthroughs that quell the storms we face in life. But what about giving thanks amidst the trial? In the middle of all the hurt and pain and suffering?
Seems impossible right?!?! But Apostle Paul did!!! While he was imprisoned He gave thanks to God. Not only did he give thanks to God but Paul was rejoicing FOR the chains.
Apostle Paul was addressing the church at Philippi while being imprisoned for preaching the gospel of Christ.
We too should proclaim the good news even as we face our own trials. While there, Paul spoke openly to the church, sharing his wisdom with understanding concerning his dilemma.
In Philippians 1: 15 – 19 it says: “It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.”
No idea where to start this morning?
Paul rejoiced in his chains because he knew that it would bring glory to God and that it would lead to his eventual deliverance.
He didn’t wait to praise God AFTER he was delivered. He made a choice to do so, WHILE in chains.
It may seem as though the road you’ve been traveling down can’t get any worse. But, trust that through God it would surely get better.
David, a man after God’s heart, found himself in similar situations. He also made sure to encourage himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6).
If you’re in that place and you have absolutely no idea where to start this morning, let’s pray together and trust that God would make a way when there seems to be no way:
Saturday Morning Prayer
Heavenly Father, I thank you for this Saturday. I declare that this is the day that you have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Lord Jesus, you are my Prince of Peace.
Thank You for calming the raging storm in my soul when You took up residency within my heart, as You removed my sins and replaced them with Your righteousness.
Thank you that you have bequeathed your peace to me, not as the world gives, so that my heart won’t be troubled or afraid while the torrential waves of my personal difficulties attempt to shatter my sound state of mind.
Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.”
Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Trusting the Lord to work it all out
Help me to wholeheartedly seek You and rely on Your Holy Word, so that I will fully trust You to work out the problems that greatly concern me and not take matters into my own hands.
A Heart Filled with Gratitude for a New Day
Heavenly Father, as the first light of this Saturday morning shines through, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude. Another day, another opportunity to experience Your grace, mercy, and love.
As I rise, the remembrance of Your faithfulness throughout the week fills my heart with songs of joy and thanksgiving. I can’t help but marvel at the numerous ways You’ve showcased Your love for me, from the significant blessings to the smallest gestures of kindness.
Every breath I take, the beat of my heart, the smile of a loved one, the laughter shared with friends, the challenges faced, and the lessons learned – every bit of it stands as a testament to Your relentless love and provision.
Today, I dedicate my voice to praising You, Lord, to sing of Your goodness and declare Your wondrous works to the world.
Psalm 92:1-2 It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.
1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Desiring God’s Presence in Saturday’s Activities
Dear Lord Jesus, as I step into this Saturday, I invite Your presence into every activity, conversation, and thought. Whether today is filled with errands and chores, rest and relaxation, or time spent with family and friends, may everything be done to Your glory.
I seek not just to go through the motions but to truly recognize and cherish the divine encounters and blessings You’ve prepared for me today.
The world often reserves weekends for leisure, sidelining You to the background. But today, I purposefully prioritize You, desiring to feel Your nearness and to witness Your hand in everything.
May this Saturday not just be an ordinary day, but a divinely orchestrated series of moments where Your blessings flow abundantly, touching not just me but everyone I come into contact with.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Praying for Saturday’s Blessings on Loved Ones
Mighty God, on this beautiful Saturday, I lift up my loved ones to You. You know each one by name, their needs, dreams, and challenges. I pray for a special outpouring of Your blessings upon them today.
May they experience joy like never before, peace that surpasses understanding, and love that overwhelms their hearts. I pray for divine encounters for them – may they see You in the beauty of nature, in the kindness of a stranger, in the warmth of family, and in the silence of solitude.
Protect them, Lord, from any harm or danger. Guide their decisions, and may their choices today lead them closer to You.
Let every house be filled with laughter, every heart with gratitude, and every soul with the awareness of Your presence. I declare this Saturday to be a day of blessings, breakthroughs, and bountiful joys for each one of them.
Numbers 6:24-26 The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
You have overcome the world and You will also help me to overcome my troubles. It is in our weaknesses that Your power is made most visible in our lives.
On this wonderful Saturday, I thank you for the trials common to all followers of Christ. I call out for deliverance and yet endure the discomfort and affliction as a true soldier of the faith, all the while being “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”
Because of the blood of Christ, I can overcome the opposition of the enemy and triumph in faith to the glory of God the Father. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Psalm 16:8 – “I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”