The Praise Connection

Praise is a formidable tool in the working of miracles. Though often paid the least attention, it is as potent as prayer. Looking at Jesus' ministry, the two most profound miracles He did were as a result of praise.

When He fed 5,000 men in the wilderness, thanksgiving was what multiplied the loaves (John. 6:5-12), and at the graveside of Lazarus, praise was what brought him back to life (John. 11:41-44).

When thanksgiving proceeds from the heart, it has the supernatural ability to multiply whatever you have. Praise has multiplication power, therefore this praise connection is intended to usher you into realms of unlimited signs and wonders.

And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
John 6:11-13

Praise has an inherent miracle force that ensures, among other things, that nothing finishes in your hand. God needs to open your eyes to the power of praise. Once you grasp it, all your struggles will come to an end.

It is still difficult for me to explain how we were feeding in my home on an income of 440 naira a month (I was on 300 naira, my wife 140 naira). We never dipped our hands into church funds and always had a crowd of people living with us; yet we never lacked food. Where the money was coming from, I cannot explain, save to acknowledge that it came from heaven.

I remember that even as a bachelor, living in a one-room apartment, I sometimes had as many as eight people staying with me. Yet we never came to a point where we were looking around for what to eat. Not once!

Friend, there is a fountain you connect to in thanksgiving, that ensures you never run dry. If businessmen and women will hook up to that fountain, they will encounter the multiplication power of praise.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
Psalm 67:3,7

The power in praise is released as you learn to praise God in your secret place as much as you do in church. At every point and in whatever situation you find yourself, still give Him thanks.

Praise Is His Will

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
Hebrews 10:35

Praise is the will of God, which after you have done, you are sure to obtain the promise of signs and wonders. Signs are meant to follow you, that is a promise of God. But this promise will not be accomplished until you first do God's will, which is praise. Therefore, no matter what you're going through, praise Him and you will obtain the promise.

Praise is not just one of those preparatory things you do before prayer. It has a force of its own, which is able to produce signs and wonders. If it could bring Lazarus who had been dead for four days back to life, it can bring you into a strange order of manifestations.

In Liberia, one of our Bible School students decided to operate what she had been taught on the wonders of praise. It was during the war, and there was no food, everyone was literally starving.

But as she was praising God, a group of rebels suddenly invaded their compound. They entered her house, but instead of doing them harm, brought bags of rice, beans, chicken and other food items and said, "Cook for us." The rebels ate that day and left, leaving the rest of the bags of food behind. God miraculously supplied their need.

That is why God's Word says, "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you."

Praise Attracts God's Presence

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Psalm 22:3

It is a well known fact that God inhabits the praises of His people. So when you live a praiseful life, God's presence abides with you; and when He abides with you, He compels signs to attend to you.

You have been alone in that shop of yours, that's why things are the way they are. Bring God there through your praises and see the difference. Divine presence equals signs and wonders.

In Psalm 114, when the children of Israel came out of Egypt, God was their sanctuary. The sea saw them and fled, Jordan was driven back and the mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like young lambs.

It was God's presence that took them through the Red Sea and gave them victory over their enemies. When you succeed in invoking divine presence, you live as a sign and wonder to your generation.

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were about to be executed, they were in the mid-night of their lives. But the Bible says they prayed and sang praises aloud to God in the prison (they turned on their praise connection right in the midst of their executioners) and something happened!

I believe that they actually sang God into the place. As He came, there was an earthquake, the prison gates flung open and their chains fell off! They were so confident that they could perform the same feat again, that they did not bother to escape from the prison. They knew that what had happened did not come by chance. When praise becomes your lifestyle, you never cease commanding signs.

In 2 Chronicles 20, king Jehoshaphat took the rear and allowed God to go ahead. God took their place in battle and victory was sure.

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
2 Chronicles 20:17

How did they set themselves? In praises! Praise causes God to fight on your behalf - He takes your place in battle, while you just watch. Praise compels Him to take over the battles of your life.

This is a covenant technique that guarantees cheap victory. As one of my sons often says, you don't have to be strong to succeed, just be smart. Praise is the choice of the smart.

There is no mountain that God's presence cannot level, no sea that He cannot dry up, no "Jordan" that cannot be driven back, so that you have an express way to your destination. None.

But praise is your access to His presence. Once you engage in praise, you have brought Him to bear on the situations of your life and all things will be at your command.

I have seen many prayer warriors who are praise-dry. Prayer is important, but all you have access to when you pray is angelic intervention. Angels can be waylaid by demons, as was the case with Daniel.

However, praise does not stop at angels; it brings the presence of God Almighty down. And you know that when God steps somewhere, no demon can stop Him or stand in His way.

Friend, it does not matter what situation you find yourself in right now, receive grace to praise Him.

This may startle you, but I have not had to pray for my personal needs since I came into ministry. I am always so thankful for everything He has done, so He never waits for me to ask for a thing before He blesses me. His presence is equal to the task of providing any man's needs.

Steer Clear Of Murmuring

And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
Numbers 11:1

God hates murmurers. Those who murmured in the wilderness were destroyed of the destroyer. Their murmuring and complaining turned God against them, and if God is against you, what are you worth? That is why those who murmur are natural failures, nothing works in their hands, so they live in perpetual struggles.

This is the bane of many believers today. They work so hard, but nothing is working because God's presence that makes things work is far from them.

A heart of gratitude is your fastest escape out of the trap of murmuring. Gratitude will cause God's presence to envelop you, causing signs to attend to your every step. You cannot live a sign-dry life when you are full of gratitude. It's a great asset for the miraculous.

Jesus said in John 8:29:

And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

One thing that pleases God is found in Psalm 69:30-31.

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

Praise pleases God; and when He is pleased, He releases all manner of signs and wonders to follow you.

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