Praise is an important part of our spiritual weaponry — and one we often overlook.
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We are quick to pray.
We have no trouble telling God all about our problems, and how desperately we need his help (as though he doesn’t know what’s going on!).
We have no trouble enlisting hundreds of people to pray with and for us (as though we can outnumber God and make him do our will!)
We are quick to confess God’s word. We write out promises on index cards, carry them around with us, pull them out and read them throughout the day.
And then we go back and tell God everything in prayer — again (as though he has short term memory, or maybe we had a bad connection the first time we prayed).
We pray and pray as if we think our prayers will change God, when scripture tells us he doesn’t change. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe in prayer with all my heart. And I believe in confession, at least confessing God’s Word. But these things don’t change God… they change us.
We are told to praise God in all things — not FOR all things, but IN all things. There is power in praise. When we praise God, we acknowledge him for what he has done for us, even if we can’t see the manifestation of it in our circumstances right now. Again. This changes us. It brings us to the place where we can believe so that we can receive.
The book of Acts tells about an incident with Paul and Silas. They were arrested and thrown in jail. Not just any jail, but the deepest dungeon. And they were bound with chains. The guard was warned that if they escaped, he would be killed.
In the natural, Paul and Silas had no hope. They were in a completely hopeless situation. From every outward appearance, it looked like they had reached the end of their lives on earth.
What did they do? Well, they didn’t beg and plead with God. They didn’t tell God how terrible their circumstances were. They didn’t have everyone join in with them to “storm the gates of heaven”. They didn’t plead their cause based on how good they were and how many people they had saved.
What did they do? According to Acts 16:25 and 26, “Around midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to the Lord— and the other prisoners were listening— suddenly there was a great earthquake; the prison was shaken to its foundations, all the doors flew open—and the chains of every prisoner fell off!”
In the worst possible of situations, they sang praises to God. And the power of praise shook the prison, opened the doors, and broke the chains… not just from Paul and Silas, but from every prisoner.
This is the transformative power of praise. It works not only in your life, but it can also affect the lives of those around you, bringing them freedom and hope.
Prayer and confession definitely have their part to play in our spiritual warfare, but don’t forget the amazing power of praise!