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PRAISE! Living in Abundance. Jn. 10:10b. July 2013

I have heard and read about many catch phrases concerning short cuts to so much. For instance, it is either 7 keys to success or 8 keys to a great prayer life. Some will tell you about 10 keys to prosperity and breakthrough; 30 keys to divine health, 100 keys to long life etc. There are as many definite keys to so much of humanities problems and desires as there are many of such problems. Often these keys tend to leave many people confused on which one to apply to unlock what problems of life. While some of the keys may work, I often really wonder the purpose and effectiveness of such generically, generalized keys to most successful “nothings” in life. Do such complicated, step by step, “well-researched and tested”, well-designed keys really work? Only God knows.

I have come to realize that the keys that work; formulas that solve our basic human problems are not as complicated and as itemized as people may want us to believe. For instance one formula that works; one strategy that gets results is that we have to pray in faith. If we pray in faith and by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, he is just enough; trusting enough to answer to all our requests (Mk. 11:22-25). The Bible in Phil. 4: 6 says that we should be careful for nothing. But in everything through prayers, supplication with  thanksgiving let our requests be made known unto God. This is simple enough; all I need to do is not be worried about anything. Rather in everything I should pray; a prayer of thanksgiving and believe God that it is done and it shall be so. It didn’t contain 7 keys, 10 keys or whatever number of steps. Yet it simply works.

In addition to prayers of faith, there exists yet another slightly higher level of supplication, which surely works even when conventional prayers don’t seem to. This is the level of praise. It never fails. Consider this hypothetical example. A man’s name could be Mr. Bill Benson. This man could be such that he has the authority to grant amnesty to many who are in captivity. He might have access to unlimited resources that could help anyone in need and his decree or command is law. Several individuals in need of the favor of this man may adopt either of several strategies to achieve the same purpose which ultimately is to obtain favor from the man. One individual could come to him and simply say “Sir my name is John Doe and I have been told that they call you Bill whatever. I know it is in your power to help me. I was told that you are the only one that can help. I have actually seen it that you are in a position to help me. From all I have read about you, I am convinced that you can, if you will and I think you should. In fact I just finished talking to someone you just recently helped. Since you have the authority, I demand/suggest that you do so without further delay. Alright? Amen!”.  This is a style. This is an approach. It can achieve results. However, compare it to the second individual who came to the same strong man and said “my name is Jane Doe and I know you are Lord Bill Benson. I have heard about your reputation and your fame even from a distance and all over the region. You are a man that is so compassionate that you have mercy on the poor and the needy. You are so loving that you grant grace even to strangers. You are so kind and gentle that despite your power, wealth and affluence you are still a friend to the poor. You are the greatest. You are so loving, so respected that even strong men respect you as their strong man. You are stronger than the lion. You are a soldier of soldiers; a friend to the meek. We love you. You are our defender. You have done it before and I know you will do it again. Indeed nothing is too difficult for you to do. When I was in a similar situation, you rescued me. You did it then, I know you will do it again even now. I know that you are so kind, that even before anyone asks for any help you have already done it. You are the pillar of our village, the great one of this town and the reason why we are around. You are not what you are because of me, rather I am what I am today because of you. I know that as you have done in the past, you will do again for me and before I even begin to ask you have already done it. Please have mercy on your servant and help me”

The two different styles could be effective, but I think one is better than the other and will obviously achieve results faster. The first style is a typical, classical and conventional prayer style of so many believers. They kneel down, tell God what the problems are, remind Him that he as capacity and ability to solve the problems; after all he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then balm! Command Him to get the job done, in Jesus name. Amen! Done and Done with! The second style is far more efficient because it shows more respect. It shows praise to the fellow to whom we are requesting the favor from. We are reminding Him of who He indeed is, based exactly on what He has done in the past.

Friend, I have discovered that, from the beginning of time, legitimate praise is one offer (“food”) that the almighty God had found very difficult to refuse. God inhabits the praises of Israel. He doesn’t just take the praises he dwells in them (Ps.22:3). The temptation of legitimate praise is usually so strong that our God would always receive it. The God of heaven always falls to the lure and temptation of legitimate praise. I said legitimate praise and not prayer. In my experience, God can resist legitimate prayers; he can question them, at times he may decide not to accept them. But legitimate praise! The God of heaven will always accept legitimate praise of his children, no matter what. I submit therefore that it is good that we pray without ceasing as the scripture says in 1 Thess. 5:17. However, we should also even praise God without ceasing. Some notable examples in the scriptures and even in society today understood the importance and power of praise:

It was after the children of Israel praised and shouted the name of the Lord that the walls of Jericho fell down (Jos.6:16, 20). When God worked with Gideon against their enemies; the midianites, victory came and the enemies turned against themselves after the people shouted praise, blew their trumpets to the God of Heaven and in faith shouted “the sword of the Lord and of Gideon” (Judges.7:18-20). Very often we here our Daddy GO say “Let somebody shout Alleluia!” and many may be wondering why he is doing that?; That is the most compact; I line effective praises to the Almighty God ever.

Whatever, it is we desire from God we should go to Him with praise. Ps. 150: 1-5 says we should praise God for his mighty acts; according to the Excellency of his greatness. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord! Tell God who he is; remind Him of past victories. Tell Him how mighty He indeed is; remind Him of what the scripture says about Him. Remind Him of How he made dry ground to rise in the middle of the red sea; remind Him of how He miraculously fed the widow of Zarephath, remind Him of how He drowned kings and humbled principalities and powers, remind Him of how nothing is impossible before Him; remind God of how He had mercy on you and saved you even when you were yet a sinner. Just praise God for the past and the present; you can sing it as a song, you can use whatever style. Just praise Him concerning that situation. I assure you that victory will surely come and testimonies will be yours in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.  You can praise the Lord with just your voice. As stated in Ps. 150 if you have the privilege, you can also praise him with musical instruments; timbrel and harp, stringed instruments; guitar, piano etc. You can praise God with your dance.  Let everything that has breadth praise the Lord! Alleluia! Were you looking for 7 keys to answered prayers and another 7 keys to divine breakthrough? I have just given you one key that will never fail you. That is the key of praise. Try it today. It works always. Let somebody praise the Lord! Alleluya!.

If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ I advise you to do so now because tomorrow may be too late.

God bless you.

Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu

RCCG Throne of Grace Parish

317 Woodpoint Ave.

Hagerstown MD 21740, USA

Email: rccgthroneofgraceparish@ymail.com

Website: http://www.rccgthroneofgraceusa.org

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 01:23pm