Supernatural Biblical Prayer 6

How & When to Pray the Prayer of Praise & Worship

by Pastor John Hamel


We have studied how and when to pray the Prayer of Faith, the Prayer of Commitment, the Prayer of Submission, the Prayer of Agreement and the Prayer of Unity.  


In this lesson we will study how and when to pray the Prayer of Praise and Worship.


Some people wrongly believe that they have more troubles than anyone else.  However, this could not be further from the truth.  Everybody encounters trouble in life.  Satan is the source of all trouble and he hates all of mankind. (John 10:10)  


Man is the apex of God’s creation.  Satan hates God and cannot harm Him directly, so he lashes out at Him indirectly.  He does this by lashing out at God’s precious human creation, all of God’s precious human creation.  Satan has no favorites that he loves to hate.  He hates us all.


Some people allow God to use their troubles to strengthen them and to cause them to be victorious. (Isaiah 41:10 Amplified Bible)  Others allow Satan to use their troubles to further weaken them and to ultimately destroy them.  


Two individuals can experience the same type of problem.  One individual will use that experience to go up and over, while the other uses it to go down and under.  It is all in how the individual responds to it.


Praise & Worship in the Old Testament


Hateful nations banding together to destroy little Israel is nothing new.  In Second Chronicles chapter twenty, the Moabites and the Ammonites did it.  King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a national fast and determined to seek the Lord in the matter.  As a result, the Lord spoke through the Prophet Jahaziel, revealing the secret plans and hideout of the Moabites and Ammonites.  


The Lord also told Israel to go out against their enemies and not be afraid because He would do the fighting for them.  All they had to do was offer praise and worship and He would whip up on their enemies for them.  Everyone fell on their faces, worshipping God for His supernatural revelation, guidance and promise of protection.


The next morning, Jehoshaphat stood up before the people, reminding them of the importance of trusting in the word of the Prophet.  He then led them out against their enemies, singing and praising the Lord.  How absolutely foolish they must have looked to the Moabites and Ammonites.  These were bands of giants, half-human and half-fallen angel. (Genesis 6:1-6)  Along came these little people, singing and praising God as if they were deranged.  How these mighty giants must have roared with laughter, but not for long.


“And they rose early in the morning, … Jehoshaphat stood and said …Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.  …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. …every one helped to destroy another. [They were attacked with mania and actually began killing one another.]”


“And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.  And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.” (2Chronicles 20:20-25)


Israel was outnumbered and they knew it.  Jehoshaphat turned to God for the solution.  Jehoshaphat knew what a lot of people still don’t know today.  He knew that God is never your problem.  God is always your solution.  The Most High God told him, through the Prophet, “You do a little thing, stay out of fear and pray the Prayer of Praise and Worship.  I’ll do a big thing and rid you of these pesky little giants.”


Israel obeyed.  They stayed out of fear.  They prayed the Prayer of Praise and Worship.  The end result was the defeat of their enemies and so much spoil recovered that it took them three days to gather it all up.


Praise & Worship in the New Testament


The Apostle Paul and his preaching buddy, Silas, got themselves into big trouble one day.  A young girl possessed of a demon spirit had been following them for days, taunting and irritating them.  


Finally, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Paul and he cast the unclean spirit right out of her.  That would have been all well and good under “ordinary” circumstances.  


However, the spirit in this girl enabled her to tell people their “fortunes” to a limited degree.  There were men who were controlling her and profiting from her demonic fortune-telling abilities.  They were absolutely incensed by Paul setting her free, thereby stripping them of their cruel livelihood.   They in turn falsely accused Paul and Silas to the authorities, had them severely beaten and placed in stocks in the town dungeon.  


Paul and Silas knew exactly what to do to turn this test into a powerful test-imony.  They knew exactly what it was going to take to turn this mess into a mess-age.


“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard 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 every one's bands were loosed.” (Acts 16:25,26)


Once again a couple of hurting human beings did a little thing and prayed the Prayer of Praise and Worship.  Almighty God did a big thing and busted them out of their dark, dank prison of despair.  


The Bible says that God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11)  The Prayer of Praise and Worship will bust you right out of your prison of despair, as well.


Guidance Comes Thru the Prayer of Praise & Worship


Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” (Acts 13:1,2)


Paul and Barnabas already knew what the work was to which God had called them.  However, they were waiting for confirmation as to the when and the how they were to do it. (Isaiah 55:8,9)  


So they got together with some other Teachers and Prophets of the Lord.  They fasted a little and ministered to the Lord through the Prayer of Praise and Worship.  Lo and behold, right in the middle of their meeting, the Holy Spirit spoke up through one of the other Brothers, decreeing that this was the time for them to do what was already in their hearts.  


This was just the confirmation they were needing.


Do you need to hear from God?  Do what these Believers did.  They did not pray the Prayer of Faith, the Prayer of Submission or the Prayer of Commitment.  They ministered to the Lord through the Prayer of Praise and Worship and the Lord spoke to them right in the midst of it.


God made man for His own pleasure.  He craves our love, our praise and our worship.  If you have been perpetually petitioning God to help you or to talk to you, stop in your tracks and begin to praise Him for all He has already done for you. (Psalm 103:1-5)  


Begin to worship Him for His Holiness, goodness, integrity and faithfulness.  He will speak to you and He will deliver you.  


This is what Jehoshaphat and all of Israel did in their hour of need.  


This is what Paul and Silas did in their midnight hour.  


This is what Paul resorted to again along with Barnabas and other Prophets and Teachers who knew how to get a hold of Heaven.


Man is a natural born power seeker.  God made all of humanity to be that way.  Actually, prayer is nothing more or less than seeking power with God.  


Do you want power with God?  You will find it through the Prayer of Praise and Worship.  


Lift your hands and your voice to God right now and He will lift you out of your despair.


Be Blessed ...  John and Barbara Hamel



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