Sunday, December 2, 2018
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Paul and Silas had been arrested and thrown in jail for preaching the gospel. They had been beaten by the mob, flogged by the Roman soldiers and treated like common criminals. In spite of it all, they chose to praise God and sing to Him. As a result, heaven moved on their behalf.
Praise and thanksgiving are tools of prophetic dominion. It shows God that we trust Him irrespective of our circumstances and it drives Him to go into operation on our behalf. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord , and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord , For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. II Chronicles 20:21-23
When three nations came against Judah, King Jehoshaphat sought the face of God and then instead of putting soldiers at the front of the army, he put singers. As they sang, the angels of God went into operation and confused their enemies. They ended up destroying each other.
As we come to the end of the year, activate the principle of thanksgiving and see God move on your behalf on issues that have defied you throughout the year. And like the King in the Bible you will say, 'O give thanks to the Lord for he is good, and his mercies endure forever.
Make out time to reflect on the blessing and mercies of the Lord this year upon your life. Count them one after the other, write them down for ease of reference and as a reminder before you prepare your thanksgiving and appear before God so Heaven can react positively.