Grace Church

21 Days of Prayer: January 24, 2018

The next time you want to give your prayers some major fire power, begin rejoicing as though the answer has already come, even though your situation looks just as bleak as it did before you prayed.

The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Our God is a God of joy. That’s not to say that He doesn’t feel our pain and sorrow, but overall, there is a lot of joy in heaven. If we connect with God, that joy will spill over on us.

Jesus is described as being anointed or covered with the oil of joy. (Hebrews1:9)

To rejoice doesn’t mean all of your circumstances are rosy. It means to be glad, to have calm delight, to be well and thrive because of your connection with God, the all-Powerful One

The New Testament writer Paul tells us to rejoice in the Lord always. That’s so counterintuitive, he had to tell us twice. “Again I say rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

Joy is a soul strengthener – the joy of the Lord is our strength. God gives us His joy when we don’t have any of our own. It’s not something that we have to work up. The fruit that comes out of our recreated spirits is joy. We do have to express it, though.

Joy is a huge boon to our faith. It helps guard us against fear and the enemy’s deceptions. Our rejoicing shuts the enemy’s mouth and binds up his work.

Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
 To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute on them the written judgment—

This honor have all His saints. (Psalm 149:6-9)

Jesus equated the praise of little children as strength that God uses to silence the enemy:

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2)

Joy is our secret weapon. It confuses the devil. It gets the worried look off of our faces. We don’t rejoice because of all of the negative things that happen to us, but because God is good and He is always faithful to come to our rescue.

If you need some enemies and avengers silenced, begin to rejoice in God and His promises. If you have nothing else to rejoice about, you can be thrilled that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and you have escaped an eternity without Godl!

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! (Psalm 105:1-4)