Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: 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
LISTEN: Praise and worship are powerful instruments of warfare. They open doors because God is glorified when men offer praise and worship to Him. Praise moves the hands of God. That is, God will manifest His glory where impactful praise and worship are offered. The wonders of praise and worship leaves the devil confused, frustrated and wondering. Even the power of hell cannot stop or resist the force of impactful praise and worship. Impactful praise and worship simply means, a praise and worship influencing strongly on worshippers. When we praise and worship God deeply in spite of challenges, troubles and trials, we will experience His glory. Beloved, we should worship God because worship and praise produce His presence. Impactful worship is not in the style, but the substance behind it.
In our verse of the day the Bible says, ” 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). Paul and Silas were arrested, beaten and thrown into prison for the sake of the gospel of Christ. But rather than weep, mourn and groan for pains inflicted on them, they prayed, praised and worshipped God instead. As a result, at midnight God miraculously intervened with an earthquake, shook the foundation of the building, broke its prison doors and loosed their chains and set them free. Truly, when men praise God in spite of troubles, divine intervention will occur. Beloved, how much do you worship God? Do you know that impactful praise and worship will trigger His presence? (see 2 Kings 3 : 14 ; Psalms 50 : 23). Henceforth, let us praise and worship God with all our hearts no matter what.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to offer praise to God at all times no matter what.
2. Always pray, praise and worship God from the depth of your heart.
3. Do not panic in the face of troubles or challenges, instead, be strong and prayerful.
4. When you praise and worship God, allow your worship to influence you strongly.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I blessed your name for your goodness; and praised you for who you are. Help me to offer a sincere and heartfelt prayer, praise and worship to you as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, do not allow troubles, challenges or afflictions to shut your mouth from giving praise to God, instead, praise and worship God no matter what.
Daily Reflection: God will manifest His glory where impactful praise and worship are offered. The wonders of praise and worship leaves the devil confused, frustrated and wondering.
Daily Quote: Sincere praise and worship to God is a product of the heart, because impactful worship is not in the style, but the substance behind it.
Today In History: November 12, 1923 . Adolf Hitler is arrested for his attempted German coup.
SAY THIS: Today, I declare that I am happy because I am alive, strong and healthy. Therefore, I will praise and worship God all the days of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may God pour in your heart the spirit of impactful praise and worship. May your life be full of testimonies as you worship God daily, in Jesus’ name.