As the body of Christ we all have specific assignments that God has given to each of us based on our abilities. However, there are practical abilities that every believer in the body of Christ already possess. One of these abilities is intercession (praying for others) and the other is praise and worship.
Intercession, praise and worship have so much strategic value for the body of Christ. In the last article “Fearless! Bold! Strategic!,” we saw the importance of using your authority in Christ Jesus to come to the Heavenly Father and ask Him in prayer to destroy our spiritual attackers, the veil of darkness and the enemy’s plans, but it goes so much deeper than that with intercession.
With praise and worship it is one of the most effective tools, we as Christians have in our arsenal. Much of the time Christian songs are built on scriptural references, so it helps us to learn to stand on scripture and it reminds us of our position in Christ, but it also has other tremendous benefits.
Today, we will be go deeper into the power of intercession, praise, and worship and why you should make them a part of your daily routine. Let’s get started!
God’s Simple but Powerful Truth
As the body of Christ we must be vigilant in our prayer life 24/7/365. The reason for this is our adversary never takes a day off and he is always roaming around the earth like a lion looking for someone to devour as we are reminded in 1 Peter 5:8.
We as the body of Christ must focus to intercede pertaining to God the Father’s will. You may ask, what is God’s will?
God’s will has always been simple. Looking at 2 Peter 3:9, we know that our Heavenly Father wants all to come into repentance. The only way to repentance is through Jesus Christ as we see in John 14:6.
As Christians, we have the promise from 1 John 5:14 that says:
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”
We can conclude we should pray for the salvation of all people and empower the body of Christ strategically.
Based on the above statement and what we saw in the last article “Fearless! Bold! Strategic!” it’s a good idea to continue to pray that the veil of darkness from 2 Corinthians 4:4 that blinds the minds of men is destroyed by the precious blood of Jesus in order for men to come to salvation and grow in a relationship with Him.
We should pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the body worldwide. 1 Corinthians 12:25-26 is specific that we should work together as one body without division and when one member suffers, all suffer, or when one member is honored that the rest of the body rejoices.
Pray for those in the body of Christ who are persecuted! Pray daily that our Heavenly Father would bind, blind and mute every evil principality, power, and demon that serves underneath them from trying to kill, steal, destroy, sabotage, delay/hinder from the body of Christ. Pray daily that our Heavenly Father would loose every blessing and healing for every believer in the body of Christ without delay or sabotage in order for the Father’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We should pray for those who are carnal Christians (backsliders) as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3. Pray that God disciplines our carnal brothers and sisters in Christ, as God disciplines those he loves as we are reminded in Hebrews 12:6 in whatever way possible to bring them back to Him as their first love. If you think about this, these are the prodigal sons and daughters of God mentioned in Luke 15:11-32.
We should pray for agents of Satan in the flesh as again our Heavenly Father doesn’t want anyone to perish as they are misled by the enemy and need Jesus in their lives. We discussed this topic in an earlier article titled “Recipe for Revival,” which covers prayers concerning this.
It’s not hard to pray for others, and we can easily write down a quick prayer list that covers the above topics to something that looks like this:
- Destroy the veil of darkness from 2 Corinthians 4:4.
- Pray for Body of Christ to work together and plans of the enemy to be destroyed.
- Pray for the persecuted church.
- Pray that the blessings of God are loosed on the body of Christ without delay.
- Pray that God discipline carnal brothers and sisters in Christ to bring them back to their first love.
- Pray that agents of Satan would come to Christ, and the Holy Spirit would work in their life.
We should be so very grateful and happy that God hears all of our prayers and we should try to set aside a time during the day to praise and worship our King, who set us free from death and the grave and gave us everlasting life. We should try to make time to praise God daily because we love him and want to honor him (Psalm 34:1; 71:8) There are also added benefits of praise and worship which we will cover next.
Benefits of Praise and Worship
When we know who we are in Christ, and that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places mentioned in Ephesians 2:6, then it should give us great confidence and joy that we would want to praise and worship the King of kings, and the Lord of lords.
Praise and Worship Draws us into God’s Presence!
We are reminded in John 4:24 that says:
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
In James 2:19 it talks about how the enemy knows about God and they tremble, and going a bit further we see in Philippians 2:9-10 that says:
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”
So when we praise and worship God it draws his presence close to us and drives the enemy away as with the name of Jesus there is so much power behind his name they can’t stand to be in his presence. A great example of this is from Mark 5:1-8 where the demon cried to Jesus what they wanted with him and addressed him “Son of the most high God,” and begged not to be tormented.
Praise and Worship Brings Breakthrough!
When God tells us to do something and we follow in obedience, amazing things happen! We see this in John 9:31 that says:
“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”
We also see in 2 Chronicles 2 King Jehoshaphat sought the council of the Lord when a huge army was coming against them. After a time of fasting for all of Judah, the Spirit of the Lord spoke to the people saying that the battle belonged to God and to go out to meet them, but they wouldn’t have to fight, but stand still. In verse 20-22 we see this:
“And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”
So we see when the people went out in obedience and were praising the Lord, the Lord set ambushes against the enemy and there was victory!
We know God wants good things for his people and likes to prosper us as we see in in Matthew 7:11, Jeremiah 29:11, and Psalm 35:27-28 where it says:
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.” (Psalm 35:27-28)
Let us walk in obedience to do the will of God while praising him daily!
As the body of Christ we have been given so much power as we are seated with Christ in heavenly places mentioned in Ephesians 2:6. Through intercession, prayer and worship we can help do the will of our heavenly Father every day. It’s not hard to write down a few specific areas to pray about as it only takes a few minutes of prayer. Praise and worship brings joy and shows that we love our Lord and Savior Jesus who set us free from sin and death and given us such awesome freedom in him.
We can always rest assured that God will hear us when we pray concerning his will mentioned in 1 John 5:14, so let us lift up our hands and praise the King of kings and the Lord of lords as we progress each day living for Jesus.