If we only knew the power of prayer and the power of praise. Oh, if we not only knew, understood, and used the blessings of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.
The power of praise and thanksgiving invites us into God’s courts. “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 power of praise defeats the enemy. “When they began to shout and praise, the Lord suddenly attacked the Ammonites, Moabites, and men from Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:22 (NET Bible)
Prayer is powerful, dynamic, and effective. “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)
The power of prayer sets the prisoner free. Peter was thrown in prison, but the believers met in prayer praying fervently for his release. “Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. …an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’ And his chains fell off his hands.” The angel led him out, and ”when they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.”(Acts 12:5-16).
There is GREAT power in praise beyond what we can imagine or conceive. The power of praise sets the prisoner free, and not only sets those free who are praying and praising, and 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. “Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” And then, the jailer and all his household were saved (Acts 16:25-34) (Emphasis added)
Prayer and thanksgiving brings 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.
“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 eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.” ~ Psalm 34:15 (NASB)
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” ~ Colossians 4:2 (NASB)
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