But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; (Acts 16:25 NAS)
We know that there is power unleashed when we pray ( James 5:16). However, not many believers have recognized the power of praise. Just as prayer unleashes power, praise also releases the power of God. The scripture above says Paul and Silas were singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. That implies they were loud enough to be heard. It was not a praise “in my heart”.
The next verse records the most unusual event. “And suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were unfastened” (Acts 16:26). It happened suddenly. Power was released and everyone’s chains were unfastened! Unleash the power of praise in your life to break every chain in your life. Praise is the beautiful interplay of joy, and declaration of the wonderful works of God. This declaration is made with singing and dancing, to offer a pleasant sacrifice to our God. Something tragic is happening to some believers. They are so composed, diplomatic, and formal, that they have lost the pearl of praise. Praise is extremely expressive. Yes, you can praise in your heart, but that is only a tiny fraction of praise. Learn to speak of God’s wonderful works. Learn to sing aloud. Learn to lift up your hands, clap, and dance for God! It often amazes me how we can easily go wild with sports, but crawl back into our shells when we enter the house of the Lord. Recapture your praise. Live in praise constantly!
Ponder and mutter the words of the verses above. Take a moment to think and mutter the word above.
Thank the Lord for the power of praise. Ask the Spirit to help you understand how to unleash the power of God through praise.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Enough of teaching- its your turn now! DO THE WORD! Decide in your heart to praise God today, and all the days that follow. Learn to talk about what God has done. Do not talk about your mountains, or what Satan is doing. Praise is talking about what God has done, for you, and for those around you. An excellent instrument of praise is singing unto the Lord. You do not need to study music to praise God. Just sing a song of praise to the Lord. Shout for joy and dance! Let your life be a living praise to God every minute. Then get ready for “suddenly”!
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