Praise is a vital ingredient to access the presence of the Almighty God. when we pray, we see God’s hands or His acts but when we praise God, His divine presence comes down because God inhabit the praise of His people. It is only with praise that you access God’s presence.
During the reign of Jehoshaphat, three nations came out to war against him and Judah. With the might of the enemy’s army coming against him, he was greatly overwhelmed and he sought the Lord who was the only option available to him. The Lord sent word of deliverance to him, 2Chronicles 20:15-17 “And he said, Listen, all Judah, and you people of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat! So says Jehovah to you, Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz. And you shall find them at the end of the valley, before the wilderness of Jeruel. You shall not fight in this battle. Set yourselves and stand, and see the salvation of Jehovah with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for Jehovah will be with you”. He received the word with faith and did an unusual thing to perfect the victory; he turned to praise! V20-21 “And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and you people of Jerusalem. Believe in Jehovah your God, and so you shall be established. Believe His prophets, and so you shall be blessed. And he consulted with the people, and he appointed singers to Jehovah and praisers to praise the beauty of holiness as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise Jehovah, for His mercy endures forever”. Before they got to the battle ground, God had already sent an ambushment against their enemies.
Acts 16, Paul and Silas had been beaten with rods with serious injuries and they were cast into special prison. Despite their physical circumstances, they found it worthy to praise God in that seemingly unfavourable condition, V23-26 “And after laying on them many stripes, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailor to keep them safely; who, having received such a command, thrust them into the inner prison and made their feet fast in the stocks. And toward midnight Paul and Silas prayed and praised God in a hymn. And the prisoners listened to them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and all the bonds were loosened”.
When prayer delays turn to praise!
Prayer point: I will praise You Lord always with all my being.