I wonder what would happen if we truly understood the power of prayer and the power of praise. Oh, if we only knew, understood, and used the blessings of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.
“Do we know the power of our supernatural weapon? Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that commands as well as asks? God baptize us with holy audacity and divine confidence! He is not wanting great men, but He is wanting men who will dare to prove the greatness of their God. But God! But prayer!” ~ A. B. Simpson
The Psalmist tells us the power of praise and thanksgiving invites us into God’s courts (Psalm 100:4-5).
The power of praise defeats the enemy. I love the story about the Israelites who were going into battle. They sent the praise and worship team out front to praise God, and God defeated their enemies (2 Chronicles 20:22).
James tells us that prayer is powerful, dynamic, and effective (James 5:16).
The power of prayer sets the prisoner free. While Peter was in prison, the believers met to pray fervently for his release. And an angel of the Lord came to set Peter free (see Acts 12:5-16).
The power of praise sets the prisoner free, and not only sets free those who are praying and praising, also has a mighty domino effect. There is GREAT power in praise beyond what we can imagine or conceive. Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown in prison, and yet they praised God singing hymns and praising. God sent an earthquake, shaking the prison. The doors flew open, and the chains of the prisoners fell off. And then, the jailer and all his household were saved (Acts 16:25-34).
“So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence of God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him, but when we pray in the Holy Ghost we begin to realize the resources of God, that He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children.” ~ Oswald Chambers
Prayer and thanksgiving bring peace. “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]” (Philippians 4:6-7, AMP).
Remember the power of prayer.
Remember the power of praise.
Remember the power of thanksgiving.
Remember the power of your all-powerful God.
“Prayer should be the breath of our breathing, the thought of our thinking, the soul of our feeling, and the life of our living, the sound of our hearing, the growth of our growing. Praying in its magnitude is length without end, width without bounds, height without top, and depth without bottom. Illimitable in its breadth, exhaustless in height, fathomless in depths, and infinite in extension.” ~ Homer W. Hodge
Heavenly Father, praise You! Thank You for who You are and all that You do! Thank You for sending Jesus to save us. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank You that we can come to You and talk with You. Thank You for the incredible blessing of prayer. Help me to remember to come to You to talk with You, listen to You, and spend time with You.
God’s Timeless Truth
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” For, “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry” (Colossians 4:2, NASB), (Psalm 34:15, NASB).
Therefore, “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…” (Ephesians 6:18, NIV).
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5, NKJV).
“The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]” (James 5:16, AMP).