22nd August 2016

The Power Of Praise

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
Acts 16:25-28 (NKJV)

I don’t know about you, but I have a strong feeling that I would have been sound asleep at midnight. but of course, the spirit of God was at work in Paul and Silas. On second thought, with God’s spirit working in me I would do the same as Paul and Silas—pray and praise my God. When we look to God in faith and praise, God opens doors, just as he did for Paul and Silas. John 10:9 says Jesus is the door by which we enter.

Praise breaks chains—physical chains like those on the prisoners with Paul and Silas, but also the chains of sin that bind us, are broken by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. We can and must praise God at any time day or night. Without God’s intervention in the lives of Paul and Silas they may have remained in prison. Without the sacrifice of Jesus we would remain in our sins.

Paul and Silas were witnessing. Our praise is a witness. We are commanded to be witnesses in Matthew 28:19-20. You may say, “But sometimes I don’t feel like praising God.” Notice what the David wrote in Psalm 34:1, “I will bless (praise) the Lord at all times.” Sometimes praise is an emotional response to God’s goodness, other times it is an act of your will. Anybody can praise God in the good times. But when you have to rise above your feelings and your circumstances, that’s when it really counts. Any time we are praising God in spite of our circumstances, the forces of heaven come to our aid.

The battle of Jericho teaches us that sometimes you have to shout God’s praise like Joshua and his men when up against a wall. They praised God and the wall came tumbling down. Joshua and his men marched around the walls of Jericho at God’s command. We are in God’s army, and we are to march in the steps of Jesus our commander and leader.

Although Paul was in prison, he never regarded himself as a prisoner of Rome. He says in Ephesians 3:1 that he was a prisoner of Jesus Christ! Rome could bind his body with chains, but nothing could bind his spirit. We need to remember this the next time we feel ‘imprisoned’ by our circumstances.

Prayer
Dear Lord, we pray that we will never cease to praise you. You alone, O Lord, are worthy of all our praise. In Jesus name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne

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Dennis PayneAbout the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
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LONDON W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Phone: 07958 386944
Email:   martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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