I will praise the name of God
with a song,
And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Just because there’s opposition doesn’t mean it’s not working!
What can we do to help strengthen us? Sing!
Let’s begin this lesson with praise and worship.
Let it Rain Michael W. Smith
If you do not wake up a “happy camper” in the morning, declare who you are even before you get out of bed. Evangelist Smith Wigglesworth, who had over fifteen documented accounts of raising the dead, had the practice of praising God for ten minutes when his feet touched the floor every morning.
THE POWER OF PRAISE: LIBERTY!
Why is there power in true praise?
The root to the power is in the inner man that is born again. Praise is the expression of joy from the spirit of man. That expression is full of love, joy and faith for all that our Beloved has bestowed upon us. The fullness of that power, when released, sends demons fleeing before us seven ways!
Those who learn to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) can experience the anointing that quickly renews the mind with joy and liberty. Add to this a Believer who has a heart full of God’s Word and that Believer can experience the divine substance that changes natural things.
Faith praise can move mountains whether we’re alone or when we assemble together. The mighty weapon of the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) is not only for use in the prayer of intercession but also in prayer-praise. With this in mind, go back and listen to the above song again. Participate! Let it become a weapon against evil!
“You will also declare a thing,
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.” Job 22:28
Jehoshaphat: See 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
The enemies of God joined together with a plan to annihilate Israel. Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast and assembled Judah together to seek the Lord in prayer.
“‘You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”
“… So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.’ And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“‘Praise the LORD,
For His mercy endures forever.’
“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.”
It is not only vital for godly leaders to inquire of the Lord, but it is just as important that God’s people submit to His plan. Imagine sending the singers to praise God in front of the armies of Israel! Nevertheless, this was God’s plan and the people obeyed.
Notice, no one said what their forefathers said, “We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we.” (Number 13:31)
And so, God Himself took up the battle and brought about a great defeat as their enemies killed each other! Not only that, but His children were picking up the spoil (bounty) for three days.
People of Prayer: Be Wise
“We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” 1 John 5:18-19
That world system boldly declares that there is no God or that He is very small and void of power and might.
But did you know that not one demon is an atheist or an agnostic?
They know very well that God exists and that He has unlimited enormous power. Jesus told us He saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Then Jesus gave us authority over “all the power of the enemy.” Read Luke 10:18-20.
“You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
See James 2:19. They believe God exists but chose a long time ago to be disobedient and disconnect from the Most High God.
We’re different, very different!
Restoration of our Position: Ephesians 2:6
The song, “Let it Rain,” is a prayer to God asking for the rain or the outpouring of His Spirit. It can revitalize your soul quickly, out from the darkness that is covering the peoples of earth, (Isaiah 60:1-2) and take you into the higher realms of His Spirit as you pray for others.
“Ask the Lord for rain
In the time of the latter rain.
The Lord will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone.” Zechariah 10:1
God is Spirit: So are we…
But our soul needs to connect with Him in the spirit. Refreshing “showers of rain” can start within us as we worship God in spirit and truth every morning.
The heavens also need to be refreshed.
God’s creation cries out for us to declare the blessing into them because of the increase in sin.
“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19 “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” Romans 8:22
Open your window, sing and declare songs that contain scripture into God’s heavens! (Psalm 89:11)
Imagine if Christians in every nation released the SOUND of praise to God into the heavens every morning.
God made the heavens and the earth to be good.
We can and should enforce that.
THE POWER OF PRAISE: VICTORY!
Remember you are a citizen of Heaven and the Kingdom of God and angelic hosts are released when we worship to help bring in the lost and establish order.
There’s power in scripture praise because of the mighty Holy Spirit that abides in our spirit. Acts 2:2-3
“Rain down, you heavens, from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation,
And let righteousness spring up together.
I, the Lord, have created it.”
“But I am the Lord your God,
Who divided the sea whose waves roared--
The Lord of hosts is His name.
“And I have put My words in your mouth;
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth,
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
“Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute on them the written judgment--
This honor have all His saints.
Praise the Lord!”
Fill your home with praise!
All the earth belongs to God! Deuteronomy 10:12-14
I continue to add more songs to our resource page: Power Praise
You can easily hear them throughout your day on your Smart Phone!
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE
Isaiah 40:9 is one of the foundation scriptures of this ministry:
“Say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold Your God!’”
Change the atmosphere over your city. Below are two powerful songs.
SING THE WORD OF GOD OVER YOUR CITY!
God of this City Chris Tomlin
Romans 16:19 Bob Fitts
We're praying for:
The Glorious Church (Pray for Pastors this week.)
Below is a collection of more songs from Bob Fitts that proclaim the power of scripture through music. Use them in prayer over your counties as you look at a map of your state.
Praise prayers declare God’s victory!
Proclaim His Power Bob Fitts
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