The Power of Praise
“Through him [Jesus] then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)
Come and Rest in My Presence Praise the Holy Name of Yeshua with reverence and awe!
Psalm 100 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Receive My PowerReading: Recognise the spiritual warfare behind this amazing story: Acts 16:16-40 ESV Audio Bible
Extract: Acts 16:16, 18-36, 38-40 TPT
“One day, as we were going to the house of prayer, we encountered a young slave girl who had an evil spirit of divination, the spirit of Python. She had earned great profits for her owners by being a fortune-teller.. Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit indwelling her, “I command you in the name of Jesus, the Anointed One, to come out of her, now!” At that very moment, the spirit came out of her! When her owners realized that their potential of making profit had vanished, they forcefully seized Paul and Silas and dragged them off to the city square to face the authorities. When they appeared before the Roman soldiers and magistrates, the slave owners levelled accusations against them, saying, “These Jews are troublemakers. They’re throwing our city into confusion. They’re pushing their Jewish religion down our throats. It’s wrong and unlawful for them to promote these Jewish ways, for we are Romans living in a Roman colony.” A great crowd gathered, and all the people joined in to come against them.
The Roman officials ordered that Paul and Silas be stripped of their garments and beaten with rods on their bare backs. After they were severely beaten, they were thrown into prison and the jailer was commanded to guard them securely. So the jailer placed them in the innermost cell of the prison and had their feet bound and chained. Paul and Silas, undaunted, prayed in the middle of the night and sang songs of praise to God, while all the other prisoners listened to their worship.
Suddenly, a great earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. All at once every prison door flung open and the chains of all the prisoners came loose. Startled, the jailer awoke and saw every cell door standing open. Assuming that all the prisoners had escaped, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself when Paul shouted in the darkness, “Stop! Don’t hurt yourself. We’re all still here.” The jailer called for a light. When he saw that they were still in their cells, he rushed in and fell trembling at their feet. Then he led Paul and Silas outside and asked, ‘What must I do to be saved?’ They answered, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved—you and all your family.’ Then they prophesied the word of the Lord over him and all his family. Even though the hour was late, he washed their wounds. Then he and all his family were baptized. He took Paul and Silas into his home and set them at his table and fed them. The jailer and all his family were filled with joy in their newfound faith in God. At daybreak…the magistrates were frightened, especially upon hearing that they had beaten two Roman citizens without due process. So they went to the prison and apologized to Paul and Silas, begging them repeatedly, saying, ‘Please leave our city.’ So Paul and Silas left the prison and went back to Lydia’s house, where they met with the believers and comforted and encouraged them before departing.”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What is God saying to you through this?
O: Have you found that praising God during hardship shifts your attitude and brings victory?
S: Who would you like to see saved?
Be My Spirit-led WitnessesAs you pray each day for those on your Prayer List, watch for progress on the measurable outcomes you listed. Note and celebrate God’s answers to your prayer.
Your Testimony: Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of your victories in Christ. You can submit your written testimony and photo to www.PrayforAustralia.com.au and if you have a video testimony upload it to You-tube or Vimeo and send us a link. We will share some testimonies publicly.
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: Nick Vujicic Story.
Be My House of PrayerJesus, I praise you as the victorious one! Purify my heart and cast out every spirit that is not of you and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Set me free from my prisons!
Lord, we petition you on behalf of every innocent or unjustly imprisoned captive, praying for the power of your Spirit to uphold them and set them free.
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list and family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation of our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.