THURSDAY DAY 28
(DAY 4 OF THE MID-YEAR FASTING AND PRAYERS)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah. 31:1-4
Praise is the Way into His Presence
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and enter His courts with praise; be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Ps. 100:4) Praise establishes a highway that releases the visitation of His presence. The purpose of praise is to release God’s blessings upon us as we praise Him. Hear this, “Violence shall no longer be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy wall Salvation and thy gates Praise.” (Isa. 60:18)
Praise is a garment of the Spirit.
“To preserve those who mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.” (Isa. 61:3) Through the exchange of the cross, God gives us garments of praise for the garments of heaviness. He exchanges the dark, the gloomy and the negative for that which is beautiful, glorious, and uplifting. Praise is a mantle, a type of clothing we put on. We cast off heaviness by entering into the sacrifice of praise. You will look differently, act differently and talk differently when you put on the garment of praise!
Praise is a Weapon of Spiritual War
“Whoever sacrifices a thank offering glorifies Me and makes a way; I will show him the salvation of God.” (Ps. 50:23) According to James Goll, “Praise is a spiritual warfare weapon, a means of deliverance from the strongholds of darkness. Sometimes you simply need to praise your way out of the entrapment of the enemy by releasing the High Praises of God from your heart vocally.” Store up the Word of God in your heart so that it naturally overflows. Child of God, I believe that the Lion of Judah is arising in this hour to call forth the greatest harvest of souls in our church history. With prayer of praise, call forth the Lion to roar!
2Kgs 24:8-17; Ps 79:1-2.3-5.8.9(R.9bc); Accl Jn 14:23; Gosp Mt 7:21:29 ST IRENAEUS, Bp, M (MEMORIAL)
1. Father, in Jesus’ name, we call forth the roar of the Lion of Judah in our lives, families, cities, in church history and society once again. We desire prophetic intercessory encounters in each of our lives. We welcome the sounds of heaven into the earth realm today. We declare that as we release the High Praises of God, it will be a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare used to silence the works and power of the evil one, in Jesus name. Amen and Amen!”
2. Father of Jesus, we praise You and give You glory for the wonderful things You have done; for life and health, friends and family, and this splendid day. For these reasons, we pray as Jesus taught us: Our Father… (Recite meditatively the ‘Our Father’).
3. Pray with Psalms 148.
Exercise: Take the “Thank You Jesus” Rosary in “Amen: It is Done”, page 11.
Meditation: Deuteronomy 10:21.