OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015. THEME : ENGAGE IN WONDER-WORKING PRAISE.

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MEMORISE : But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praise of Israel.
PSALM 22 : 3.

READ : ACTS 16 : 25 – 26.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the
prisoners heard them.
26 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.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 14 AND MARK 6 : 7 – 29.

Praise directed towards God is a lethal weapon of spiritual warfare. This is so
because God inhabits the praises of His people. Children of God must not joke
with their praise life. It would be logical to say that if prayer is the “master
key”, then praise is the “principal key”. You need to catch the revelation of
what the Psalmist is saying in Psalm 22 : 3 :
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
In other words, God, the wonder-working Father, dwells in the praises of His
people. The implication of this revelation is that wherever God is, the
supernatural is always present. In the habitation of the Almighty, wonder-
working power is present and breakthrough is commonplace. However, we must
get it right; it is the praise we channel towards God that He receives. God will
only take what you give to Him. Those who sing the praise of pastors or of
themselves, particularly during testimony time, are missing a great point
without knowing it. It is not your prayer or the prayer of your pastor that did
the wonders; rather, it is the mercy of God in action upon your life. He alone
deserves your praise.

Although Paul and Silas were kept in prison, they did something unusual of
people in trouble. Even when people know that they are the architect of their
own problems, they still try to justify themselves by raining curses on their
tormentors. This was not the attitude of Paul and Silas. Their case was
different because they were apprehended for preaching the gospel. They were
thoroughly beaten and cast into prison. While they sang praises, the Almighty
God came to inhabit their praises. This should not be surprising, because the
promises of God are Yea and Amen. He had already promised that He would
inhabit the praises of His people. Since this is true, what prison gate could
have resisted the coming of the King of glory? None! It is written :
“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the
King of glory shall come in.”
Psalm 24 : 7.
Paul and Silas engaged in wonder-working praise and they experienced wonder
in their ministries. God is no respecter of persons; what He did for them, He
can do for you also. Learn to engage in the praise of God to unleash His
wonder-working power. I pray that as you engage in the praise of the
Almighty God, you shall receive the wonders of a life-time in Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT :
Devote at least one hour to the praise of God the Almighty without asking for
anything.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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