The Power of Praise & Prayer
In 1 Chronicles 16:25, the Bible says that the Lord is most worthy of praise. David noted, in Psalm 150:6, that “everything that has breath praise the Lord.” However, it isn’t just for God’s benefit that we should give him praise. It’s through worship and praise that you build your relationship with God.
When the walls of Jericho came down, the Israelites shouted their praise to the Lord for the victory. When Moses parted the Red Sea, the Israelites worshipped the Lord. In the New Testament, the shepherds worshipped and praised God for showing them the Christ Child, Luke 2:20. In Acts 16, while Paul and Silas were in praise, the prison doors were opened for them. The theme of praise and worship permeates the scriptures.
Demonstrate Your Love for the Lord
Praise and worship show your love to the Creator. Many people believe that the only place to praise the Lord is in modern worship services, but praise goes beyond just singing songs in your church. Christians are called to worship God every day. The greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” from Matthew 22:37.
Do you have a friend that you really admire? Maybe you strive to be more like your mentor or boss because you appreciate their character. Praise and worship help you value the traits that the Lord values and become more like Him. In Romans 12:2, it says to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Worship is the renewal of your mind because you focus on the word of God and God’s love for you.
Focus on God for Changes in Your Life
When you’re feeling down, praise lifts your mood. It helps you put your problems in perspective. If you have a list of things going wrong in your life, it’s easy to let them take control. Worship reminds you that God is near. In Psalm 22, David thought that the Lord had forsaken him, but he never stopped worshipping and praising. God did deliver David. In James 4:8, the Bible says that when you draw near to God, he will draw near to you.
In Colossians 3:2, Paul writes “Set your mind on things above, and not on things on the earth.” It’s through praise and worship during modern worship services that you focus on the things of the Lord. If you want to develop the traits of forgiveness, kindness, and love, praise and worship help you understand the Lord and change your heart.
Many people feel that prayer and praise is something restricted solely to the church, but that is far from the truth. Put your faith into everything you do with the online ministries and modern worship services from Petra International Ministries. At Petra, we recognize the challenges that may come between you and building a relationship with God, offering you a helping hand to find the way and strengthen your faith. Discover the difference that modern worship can make for your everyday life with help from Petra International Ministries.