PRAISE A HIGHER FORM OF PRAYER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 13:15 KJV “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his NAME”.

The Oxford learner’s dictionary defines praise as an expression of respect and gratitude towards (a deity) often in a song. It is an expression of admiration, exaltation, honor and gratitude to one who deserves it. Indeed, the Lord deserves to be praised. Psalm 147 :1 says, “Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely” The word comely also means beautiful. Praise is pleasant unto the Lord. Praise is very precious unto our Father. It is called “sacrifice” if it is offered sincerely. Hosea 14:2, calls praise ‘the calves of our lips’. This means as you praise the lord with all your heart, you are offering calves unto God, like a burnt offering.

It is amazing the great deliverance that God wrought as a result of praise. In 2nd Chronicles 20:22,23 King Jehoshaphat appointed singers to lead the soldiers against the Ammonites and Moabites. As they sang and praised the Lord, God laid an ambushment among the people of Ammon and Moab who ended up killing themselves. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas had been imprisoned. They were chained and their feet held in stocks. As they sang and praised the Lord heartily, the foundation of the prison was shaken by an earthquake, whiles their chains and stocks were broken.

Dear child of God, if you are surrounded by defeat, death or failure, please don’t worry complain or be afraid, but praise the Lord. You may lock yourself up in a room and give the Lord a real moment of praise. Sing, dance and celebrate the Lord. Do it with a very sincere heart, and not as a way to bribe the Lord. (Do the same when in the company of other believers) If you do it sincerely, as it happened to Paul and Silas or the people of Israel in King Jehoshaphat’s time, you would certainly encounter a supernatural visitation, turning everything around. Praise must be given to the Lord always

 CONFESSION

I offer unto the Lord sacrifices of praise, which is the fruit of my lips. I joyfully give it unto Him not as a means for deliverance, but a sincere honor and respect unto the Lord. He always comes through for me.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Chronicles 20:22 KJV “And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushment against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten”

Acts 16:25 KJV “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed”.

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