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"Father God, You have made me and You love me. Forgive me for failing to give You the praise which You deserve. I confess my need of You in all things. I desire to walk in joy and praise. Release me now into a deeper understanding of who You are, so that I may truly praise You. I ask all this in Jesus' name. Amen."

    What some people often don't' realize is that they can increase their faith with praise, and their answers will come more quickly, releasing power into their situations along with the lightening of their attitude and heart, and then, peace can be received.


Praise builds Faith. (Psalm 139:14)

Praise keeps you in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:1-3)

Praise dispels Fear. (Psalm 56:4)

Praise sends the enemy running. (2 Chronicles 20:22)

Praise gives us victories and protection.  (2 Sam. 22:47-51)

Praise will draw us into His Presence. ( Psalm 22:3)

We Praise because God is WORTHY of ALL our praise! ( 1 Chron. 16:25; Rev. 5:11-14).

We Praise out of obedience and love ( Psalm 150:6).



Trials can be overcome and victories can be won by praising God.  


God can work miraculously through our praises. The ancient walls of Jericho came crashing down, giving victory to God's people, as a result of shouts of praise. ( Joshua 6:1-21)  Paul and Silas praised God in prison. It was the praise that released the power of God and the earthquake that delivered them from their captivity.  


Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose. (Acts 16:26)


OBSTACLES TO PRAISE:


      So why is it so difficult at times to praise God?


      Because Praise is both important and powerful - and the enemy knows this. The Bible explains that, even with the power of the indwelling Jesus, our hearts are still "more deceitful that all else" ( Jer. 17:9).


     We sometimes forget that we are always dependent on God to live victoriously in this life. Satan therefore tries to persuade us that we will eventually reach a point where we can "do it ourselves." The Scriptures are clear that Satan "prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" ( 1 Peter 5:8).  Disguised as an "angel of light," the devil and his host seek subtly to subvert the praises that the children of God owe to their heavenly Father.

 

The enemy tries to steal your praise!


      Instead of praising God, pride can keep us focused on our problems,keeping us self centered and not even able to SEE the blessings that the Lord is continually pouring out on us. Sometimes we are so focused on our situations that it seems that when we pray, all we are doing is complaining, begging or pouring out our “woe”.


Sometimes the enemy gets us to believe that God is not really interested in our issues, that we have to solve them ourselves, or even through our human nature, we find it odd to praise when everything seems to be spinning out of control.  We find it hard to find anything to sing praises about.  This is why scriptures talk about praise being a “sacrifice” at times:


Through him, then, let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which proclaim allegiance to his name.  (Hebrews 13:15)


     God, however, has given us grace in times of need, provided we humble ourselves ( Matt. 23:12; James 4:5-10). Praising God allows us to defeat the strategies of the enemy. As God's adopted children, we no longer have to remain slaves to sin ( Gal. 4:6-7). We have a powerful spiritual weapon in praise, and it is guaranteed to be effective ( II Cor. 10:4-5).


      Praise forces you to get your attention on God and off of yourself. In the midst of great trials, the most important thing you can do is praise God.  It is not only our duty and tribute we pay to the Lord, we are unjust if we withhold it.  Failure to praise God, however, leaves us out of fellowship with God and out of His divine protection ( 1 Samuel 2:27-32).


Join in the Praises of Angels.


    The angels may have been created to praise Him; they are continually in His presence singing praise and glorifying and magnifying Him with songs of worship and exaltation.  WE also were created to glorify Him:


(“everyone who is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory, whom I have formed, yes, whom I have made.' " -Isaiah 43:7)

      ...and we CHOOSE to praise Him, and thereby gain His uninterrupted attention as He dwells in the midst of our praise.  When just one of us begins to praise Him, He stretches out His arms, and clears a path for us to come into His presence. The songs of angels suddenly fade into the background while His complete attention is focused on our sacrifice of praise. (scriptures that show creation made for him and to praise: Colossians 1:16, Revelation 4:8-11 & Psalm 148:1-5 )

    If we would praise and seek God first, during our prayer time, other things would be added unto us;  


But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 )

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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. ( Philippians 4:6-7 )

Praise Him just because you love Him and because you believe in His ability to do for you what He has promised! Sit back and offer up the “sacrifice of praise”...and see what happens, offer up the sacrifice until it turns into real “fruit”.


Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.  (Hebrews 13:15)


PRAISE IS OUR ULTIMATE DESTINY!


     When Jesus comes again, ALL CREATION will bow before Him: everything IN HEAVEN, on the EARTH and UNDER THE EARTH, will acknowledge that He is LORD! (Philippians 2:9-11)


For ideas to help start your own commitment to Praising Him, see “Praise Starters”.  Wait on Him.  He will reveal himself to you! To learn more about how to enter into His manifest presence, read “Deeper In His Presence”.  This article slides into “The Magic Key” so be sure to check that out too. Practice praise!  


Join together with other believers. Sharing your struggles with another brother or sister in Christ is not only good idea ( Ecc. 4:9-10), it is commanded ( James 5:16). Uniting with other believers in regular worship is also a key to being able to praise God ( Heb. 10:24-25).

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   There is an untapped power in praising God that many Christians have yet to discover. It's often seen as something to lead off Sunday service instead of a powerful and daily necessity in their relationship with the Lord.


     In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat appointed singers to lead his army into battle with praise unto the Lord: “After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:  "Give thanks to the LORD,   for his love endures forever."  As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.”  (2 Chronicles 20:21-22 )


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