Robin J Johnson

Prayer that is partnered with praise and thanksgiving is a powerful tool in the mouths of faith-filled men and women.

Come on, everyone! Let’s sing for joy to the Lord! Let’s shout our loudest praises to our God who saved us! 2 Everyone come meet his face with a thankful heart. Don’t hold back your praises; make him great by your shouts of joy!  Psalms 95:1-2 (TPT) 

Back in the early 1970s we learnt about the power in praise and thanksgiving. Over the years and to this day we continue to see the victories that proceed from ringing out the praises of our God.

Near the end of 2023 the Lord reminded again me of the power that is in praise. This stimulated my thinking and brought an awareness that the Holy Spirit was speaking of new things to come in the days ahead. We know that there is nothing new, but at the same time when the Lord moves among us afresh, it feels very new.

I have become more and more aware that many are saying a similar thing. Holy Spirit is speaking to His church and all across the world the people of God, with an ear to hear, are responding and entering into new realms where victorious praise and worship is sounding out aloud. Indeed the Holy Spirit brings revelation to each new generation for them to carry His glory further.

One of my, many, favourite songs is from Elevation Worship “Praise” — where it says in part: “My praise is a weapon, it’s more than a sound. My praise is the shout that brings Jericho down.”

It is Time for Strongholds to be Broken! 

I can see a new intensity in power evangelism breaking out riding on the crest of the wave of praise and worship to our God, exalting Jesus and magnifying His name. There is going to be more and more concerts of prayer and praise, out in the public arena. As more restrictions, in various places, are put on evangelism and prayer, the bold will prevail through the lifting up of their voices, shouting their praise to the Most High God.

Praise Opens Prison Doors

A familiar story is found in Acts 16 where the apostle Paul and Silas find themselves unjustly imprisoned and instead of complaining and feeling sorry for themselves they began to pray and sing praises to the Lord.

But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 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 16:25-26

And note this; the breakthrough, through praise, brought release to all who were in chains.

I have seen things change; weather patterns altered and riots cease; just two incidences of heaven’s power manifest when we raised our voices praising, worshipping and giving glory to our God.

Then there are the times where we find ourselves faced with great turmoil, when prayer and praise does not change the circumstances, instead the Spirit of God works in us; He infuses us with courage, with strength and brings light into our darkness so we can find away through.

King David, in his anguish cried out to God expecting the LORD’s intervention, so we too can cry out in our darkest moments and see the victory; which is the LORD God’s presence in our midst.

Yet I know that you are most holy; it’s indisputable. You are God-Enthroned, surrounded with songs, living among the shouts of praise of your princely people. Psalms 22:3 (TPT)

The founding scripture of the Million Praying Men initiative is:

Therefore, I encourage the men to pray on every occasion with hands lifted to God in worship with clean hearts, free from frustration or strife.  1 Timothy 2:8 (TPT)

What was Paul thinking when he wrote this instruction? May I suggest it might have been the Psalms he was remembering. I am sure that Paul was acutely aware of the power in praise, especially after his prison experience and escape.

Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.  Psalms 28:2 

Or may be:

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His rightness and justice, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.  Psalms 7:17 (AMP)

Why do I suggest these? 

It is not uncommon to see people raise their hands in worship for a variety of reasons. However, I find it exciting that the original word “thanks” translated from the Hebrew “Yadah” the meaning of which infers, “the lifting up of the hands”.

Praise and thanksgiving brings the presence and power of God into our immediate situation. I believe it is not only for our corporate gatherings or our one on one encounters in times of strife, but a place of living, a state of being where praise and thanksgiving spontaneously and continually come from our hearts and lips.

There are so many reasons to describe God as wonderful! So many reasons to praise him with unlimited praise!  Psalms 48:1 (TPT)

A Voice of Triumph

My exhortation to you is, be men and women of prayer that is coupled with praise and thanksgiving; exuberant, passionate worshippers of God, with voices raised in triumph, declaring unashamedly the majesty and glory that He, the LORD God Almighty, alone is worthy of.

I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens and Your truth to the clouds. Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth.  Psalms 57:9-11 

(Compiled from a message series — The Power of Praise – Robin J Johnson)

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