How to Use Praise in Spiritual Warfare (Praise Your Way Day 24)

Today’s Reading

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. – 2 Chron 20:21-23


Reflection

Each time I read this story, something tickles in my spirit.

A few Sundays ago in church, the LORD said to me, “Tell my people, as they praise me from their hearts, I raise them from their dusts.”

When you are overwhelmed by your battles, turn to praise.

How would Jehoshaphat, the king of small Judah, fight the army of three countries allied against him?

Analysts gave them away.

I believe that his close friends must have asked him to just call and surrender.  But he sought God for direction and God said,

“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you” (2 Chronicles 20:17).

Jehoshaphat was instructed to go to this battle with instruments and songs.

Now, how do you explain that to modern army generals?

I mean, there you have three nations coming in combat against you, well equipped. And instead of you either calling to negotiate a soft landing, or reaching out to other countries to form your allies, you go to the battle without bows, arrows, and guns, but with instruments singing praises and shouting Hallelujah?

That’s the highest level of craziness!

But you see, God uses the unwise things of this world to confound the wise.

“Continual heartfelt praise may look insignificant in the midst of so many issues and battles confronting you at the moment, but that is the weapon that confounds your enemy and gives you the victory you deserve.”

When the army of Jehoshaphat “began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, everyone helped to destroy another.”

Hallelujah!

 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved.

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding Psalm 47:1-7

Beloved, God says I should tell you to turn to praise. Stop crying and trying. Start praising and dancing. Take your mind away from the magnitude of your situation. Start worshipping from your heart. Go ahead and don’t stop. Your victory is certain.


Prayer

O LORD, my God, the Father of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.

Today, I thank You for giving me authority over the power of the devil, to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt me

I thank You that whatever I bind here on earth is bound in heaven and whatever I loose is loosed in heaven.

I thank You for giving me power to cast out demons, to lay hands on the sick and get them healed in Jesus name.

I thank You that I shall decree a thing and it shall be established in heaven.

I thank You that the Blood of Jesus Christ is speaking better things in the spirit world for my household.

I thank You because You have not allowed evil weapons fashioned against me in the past to succeed. You have always frustrated the evil gatherings against my family and me, and have turned the curses and spells of the wicked against themselves. For this I say thank You LORD.

Thank You for enabling me to submit myself to Thee and to resist the devil. Thank You because You have not allowed the rod of the wicked to rest upon my lot.

Thank You LORD for causing the enemies that rise up against me to be smitten before my face. Thank You for scattering them in seven ways when they rose against me in one way.

I thank You LORD for I am born of You, I am Your child, I overcome the world and the darkness and darts of the enemy through my faith in Jesus Christ, in Jesus name.


How to Participate in the Praise Your Way

    1. Spend 30 (or more) minutes every day in personal praise and thanksgiving. Wake up in the middle of the night and sing and praise and worship God
    2. Write out all your prayer requests on a paper, every present challenge or issue that needs to be settled. But instead of begging, praise God. Wave the paper before God daily in praise and drop it to the ground and dance over them.
    3. Pray for others. Spend 10 (or more) minutes every day to pray for others.
    4. No matter how pressing your personal needs are, take your eyes away from them, only praise God and intercede for others
    5.  Whatever can inspire praise and worship in you, involve in it this month – get songs, sing, dance, worship, etc.
    6. Be very very watchful. God will speak to you and give you strange ideas and directions this period. Write down every new thought and revelation that God brings to your heart or through a vision or dream
    7. Share your praise report. Share your testimonies
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Daniel C. Okpara is the author of numerous best-selling books, including, What Do You Have in Your House?, Parable of the Serpent, Pillars of Excellence in Life and Business, Take it By Force, Prayer Wave, and Many others. He is the founder of Better Life World Outreach Center, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to global evangelism and equipping of God's people to live a better life. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Prayers Foundation www.breakthroughprayers.org), an online portal leading people all over the world to encounter God and change their lives through prayer. He has authored over 50 books on business, prayer, relationship, and investment.

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    Nancy December 25, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Glory to God !
    🙏

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