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Praise

Photo of a semi-hollowbody jazz/rock electic guitarPraise is prayer par excellence—a total celebration of love.



 
 


Celebration

"Praise" comes from the Latin "prize," as in party. Though it's natural to pray in silence, it's not to celebrate in silence. Praise is more like being at a football game than playing chess. (For proof, see the Psalms, literally in Hebrew the book of "Praises".)

The outside and inside reinforce each other, which is one reason why charismatics encourage external "full contact" worship:  clapping, singing, face flat, hands raised, dancing, etc. Without expressive, genuine celebration, we're not giving the fuller self, and missing God's fuller self.

That is, praise is the highest because it's not just:

A Few Reasons to Praise God

Witness from the Spirit

I ask of you your whole spirit, soul, and body, yet so often I get what's in your mind.  Do you think too much about your prayer?  I'm looking for your heart more than your head.  At times, your thinking can be an enemy to the spirit that I have ingrained in you.  Though I have created all of you, it is the balance of all I made you to be that brings out one area to its greatest fulfillment.

Unlike exercising a muscle repeatedly where it gets stronger with extended use, exertion of your mind in prayer will concentrate too much power to your known faculties and may cause less reliance on what your spirit is saying.  Lead in with your spirit.  Experience the wisdom of praise.

I can reach your depths when you enter in to My presence in holy surrender.  Your depths of your spirit know far more in time of praise than hours of pondering and questioning.  Your most profound insight is most often the product, or byproduct, of the deepest times of prayer.  Once your mind grasps what the spirit is telling it, now you have true direction.  It never works in reverse—mind first speaking to spirit.  The mind is too finite to probe the deeper things of God.  So, again, I say, lead in with your spirit and connect with My Holy Spirit.  I will show you truth.

From the mouths of babes you have perfected praise.
Matthew 21:16