In order to pray effectively we’ll need to PRAISE God at ALL times.
As our example, King David offered praise when he prayed for deliverance from trouble. In 1 Samuel 21:10-15 he records his trouble when he feigned madness before A′chish the king of Gath. Later In Psalm 34, he wrote, “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him from all his troubles.” Because of prayer and praise that evil enemy king drove David from his presence and he went away in safety.
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth._Psalm 34:1
In his classic book, “Power in Praise”, author Merlin Corothers writes, “The Biblical examples of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:22-23 AMP) and Joshua (Joshua 6:5 AMP) clearly show that God wins victories by means and principles that look utterly foolish and contradictory to our human wisdom and strategies.”
God’s Word tells us to trust Him, praise Him, and watch Him work. This is essentially the way Christ operated during His time of ministry in Israel. He openly admitted that of Himself He could do nothing (John 5:19); His part was to submit to His Father’s will in perfect obedience, trust, and faith, so that God’s power could meet the needs of the people.
Yet thou art holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel (your people)._Psalm 22:3 (RSV)
How did Jesus pray? Did He plead with His Father to perform a miracle? (Mark 6:41-43) No! He looked toward heaven, and praising God, broke a little boy’s lunch into enough to feed 5,000 men, plus women and children, with basketfuls left over. You may question this idea saying, “but we’re talking about Jesus here, and He knew what God could do. That wouldn’t work for me.” But, consider this: Jesus told his followers they could do greater things if they believed in Him. (John 14:12-13).
King David understood the power in praise and applied PRAISE to his prayers throughout his life, during reign as Israel’s King and before.
Praise is an active response to what we KNOW God has done and is doing for us in our lives and in the world through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Praying with certainty and then praising God for what He has done, is doing and is going to do moves us into the realm of effective prayer.
“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”Philippians 4:6 & Colossians 4:2
‘Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving;’
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