Sunday, 10 July 2016
Topic: The Rewards of Praise and Worship
SCRIPTURE: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. – Psalm 100:4
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Prayer without thanksgiving is a religious exercise without result
It is clear that every instruction from God to man is basically for the benefit of man. Even the devil knows this. That is why the devil always wants to make man disregard Divine instructions so as to bring about a total waste of man’s life.
The phrase, enter his gates with thanksgiving, is a command, not an advice. One notable reward of praise and worship to God is ACCESS TO HIS PRESENCE AND ANSWERS TO PRAYERS. Praise experts have more results than fasting experts without praise.
How does praise give us access to His Presence and answers to prayers?
1. It is a spiritual protocol.
Praise is a key to accessing God’s Presence. Murmuring and grumbling will keep you out of His Presence. Prayer without thanksgiving is a religious exercise without result (Philippians 4:6)
2. Whenever God is Glorified, His Goodness is Manifested
It is not possible to praise God and He refuses to show up. If you want God’s intervention, give Him appreciation. (Psalm 50:23)
3. Praise Expresses Faith and Faith Moves God into Action
Praise in the midst of problems is the highest expression of faith. Wherever God sees faith, He moves into action. (Psalm 106:12)
Remember this: Prayer without thanksgiving is a religious exercise without relevance
1. Praise God at all times despite challenging circumstances
2. Keep on thanking God in advance for all your expectations
PRAYER: LORD, I thank You for Your Word to me today. I make demands on Your grace to praise You at all times despite the confrontations of life in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: PATHWAYS OR CHANNELS OF THE BLESSING
QUOTE: Many times, we do not have to praise God for what he has done; we also have to praise to make Him do what He will do. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche
AMAZING FACT: Human bones are ounce for ounce, stronger than steel.
TODAY IN HISTORY – July 10, 1990: The death at age 92 of Donald McGavran, missionary to India and “father” of the modern Church Growth movement.
DAILY READING: 1 Chronicles 9:1 to 10:14, Acts 27:21 to 44, Psalm 8:1 to 9, Proverbs 18:23 to 24
PROPHETIC PARENTAL BLESSING FOR THE WEEK: I prophesy a breaking forth of Divine/supernatural manifestations in your life in Jesus’ Name.