The Prayer of Worship – Thanksgiving and Praise

 -Pastor Donna-

Ministering to the Lord

 

Acts 13:1  Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Mana-en a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,  “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Acts 13:3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

 

When we minister to the Lord, three things happen:

  1. A good time to hear the voice of God. Thy way O Lord is in thy sanctuary…

  2. A good time to receive a miracle from God:

  3. There is a close relationship between ministering to the Lord and receiving deliverance from tests and trials.

 

1 Sam. 16:15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

1 Sam. 16:16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.

1 Sam. 16:17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.  Kjv

1 Sam. 16:23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

 

Acts 16:22 The crowd joined in attacking them; and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods.

Acts 16:23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely.

Acts 16:24 Having received this charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

 

Acts 16:25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Acts 16:26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and every one’s fetters were unfastened.  RSV

 

2 Chr. 20:15 And he said,  “Hearken, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the LORD to you,  ‘Fear not, and be not dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but Gods.

2 Chr. 20:16 Tomorrow go down against them; behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz; you will find them at the end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel.

2 Chr. 20:17 You will not need to fight in this battle; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Fear not, and be not dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.”

2 Chr. 20:18 ¶ Then Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.

2 Chr. 20:19 And the Levites, of the Kohathites and the Korahites, stood up to praise the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

 

2 Chr. 20:20  And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said,  “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.”

2 Chr. 20:21 And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the LORD and praise him in holy array, as they went before the army, and say,  “Give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures for ever.”

2 Chr. 20:22 And when they began to sing and praise, the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.  RSV

 

2 Chr. 20:20  And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said,  “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.”

2 Chr. 20:21 And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the LORD and praise him in holy array, as they went before the army, and say,  “Give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures for ever.”

2 Chr. 20:22 And when they began to sing and praise, the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.  RSV

 

Characteristic of the early Church

 

Acts 2:46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,

Acts 2:47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.  RSV

 

Luke 24:50 Then He conducted them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up His hands, He invoked a blessing on them.

Luke 24:51 And it occurred that while He was blessing them, He parted from them and was taken up into heaven.

Luke 24:52 And they, worshiping Him, went back to Jerusalem with great joy;

Luke 24:53 And they were continually in the temple celebrating with praises and blessing and extolling God. Amen (so be it).  AMP

 

United Prayer

They prayed in ‘one accord’

 

 

Acts 4:23  And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

Acts 4:24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,

 

In united prayer, everyone is praying the same thing

 

                              Result of united prayer

 

Acts 5:12  And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.

 

Signs and Wonders

 

Acts 4:31  And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. NKJV

 

A shaking

 

Prayer of agreement

 

The prayer of agreement is:  ‘If two shall agree”

 

Matt. 18:18 Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be awhat is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be bwhat is already permitted in heaven.

Matt. 18:19 Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and aeverything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.

Matt. 18:20 For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.†  AMP

 

Deut. 32:30 How could one have chased a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had delivered them up?  AMP

 

Prayer power can be multiplied

 

Lev. 26:8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand! All your enemies will fall beneath the blows of your weapons