Powerful prayer that works, Bible prayer, begins with worship. The most precious thing you can give God is worship. Worship is adoration, veneration, and thankfulness. Praise is an act of worship. Scripture has much to say about praise.
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” (Psalms 150:1-6)
Praise is often much louder and more animated than worship especially when gathered together with your local church family. Notice the use of musical instruments, singing, and dancing. Those that praise their creator are grateful for their salvation. Some kneel, lay on the floor, bow down, dance, sing, shout, or lift up holy hands. The expression of praise and adoration in corporate worship is as varied as those attending. One thing for sure, praise brings blessing because God anoints it.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” (Psalms 133:1-3)
Satan hates it when you praise your maker. Praise is key to powerful prayers. After Christ's baptism in the River Jordan, he was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and tempted 40 days and nights. In that place, Christ was challenged by Satan. “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; And said to him, All these things will I give you if you will fall down and worship me. Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:8-10). Satan greatly desired worship because worship is the most precious thing a man can offer his creator.
Satan will do everything possible to stop your worship and hinder the power of prayer. He will make you feel uncomfortable, inadequate, self-conscious, and intimidated. Don’t pay any attention to him, press on through and praise God with all your might. You have much to be thankful.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
Praise is the key to entering God’s presence. In your prayer closet or local church, entering God’s presence starts with worship. Lift up your voice and give thanks to God. “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations” (Psalms 100:1-5).
Christ taught his Disciples to enter God’s presence with adoration. He said, “After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9). To hallow God’s name means to decree the greatness of God, to venerate, and adore him. This is key for powerful prayers.
When you enter God’s presence tell him how awesome he is and how much he means to you. “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Praise is the key to entering God’s presence.
© Apostle Jonas Clark
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