Most times, the order in our prayers both publicly and privately is: petition first then praise later or not at all. Very few Christians have learnt to tap the power that lies in praise. There is more power released when you praise than when you pray! Does it sound untrue? First, praise is an act of your faith in God. Secondly, praise glorifies God and recognizes the sovereignty of God over all things. By praising God, you tell Him that you know He can and will do what you are asking.
Psalm 22:3 means when you praise God, He comes down and sits enthroned upon your praises. Can you imagine that? God makes your praise His throne! Notice something significant; when we pray, we go into His presence to present our petitions but when we praise Him, He comes down and sits upon our praises and things beyond our wildest imagination begin to happen.
Praise from your lips is something so beautiful that God cannot resist it. Praise and thanksgiving characterize the life of a person who is filled with the spirit and word of God - Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16. The highest form of worship and fellowship that you can have with the Father comes when you begin to praise Him - Psalm 50:23. Begin to UN-ASHAMEDLY PRAISE Him anywhere, both privately and publicly. Praise brings some of the most wonderful releases of the spirit you will ever know.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive a heart and posture that praises you worthily as you deserve in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Numbers 26:52-28:15, Luke 3:1-22, Psalm 61:1-8, Proverbs 11:16-17