There’s an old saying that goes like this: “Take time to stop and smell the roses.” This phrase serves as a reminder for those of us who are so busy in life that we rarely take time to just stand still and admire all that surrounds us. When we tell someone to stop and smell the roses, we’re telling them (as a friend that cares) to slow down, look around, and take in a deep refreshing breath of air. Instead of rushing by the roses to make it from one appointment to the next, stop and admire their beauty and refreshing fragrance.
The same can be said of our prayer life as well. Prayer and praises to our Heavenly Father need to be part of our everyday life. We honestly can’t make it from point A to point B without our Father’s guidance. When we try it on our own, we’re destined for failure. We should adjust the phrase of stopping to smell the roses to a reminder to “stop and send the praises.” There’s no telling how many times the Lord has intervened on our behalf throughout the day to save us from the enemy’s plots to pull us off course.
Our Lord and Heavenly Father longs to hear from us; especially our praises. When we stop to send up praises, we’re stepping away from self to acknowledge that God is in control and we are thankful for all His provisions. In Psalm 148, the Psalmist urges us to praise the Lord. He writes, “Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever…Praise the Lord!”