It’s easy to give God praise after He has answered our prayer. Have you ever tried to give God praise before He answered your prayer? There are two instances I want to draw your attention to, in terms of advance praise. The first one can be found in the Bible, the book of Joshua chapter 6. This is the Walls of Jericho story. The second one can be found in 2 Chronicles chapter 20 and this is with King Jehoshaphat and the battle against Moab and Ammon.
In the first story, Joshua, was the present leader of the Israelites. God informed Joshua that He has delivered the city of Jericho into the hands of Joshua and the Israelites. Before they seized the city and got the victory, there were some specific actions that they needed to do in advance. God commanded him to march around the city with all the armed men for six days. Then, on the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. (v3-4) Once they hear a loud blast from the trumpets, it was a sign for them to give a loud shout. (v5) After that loud shout, the walls of Jericho would fall down, and then they were to go in, and take the city. It happened. God kept his word, and delivered Jericho into the hands of Joshua and the Israelites. They won the victory!
It’s really about having faith and believing that what God has said, will happen. It’s trusting that your prayer request is safe in God’s hands, and that the results will come according to God’s way, will, and plan. Can you praise God in advance? This confounds the enemy when you praise God in advance for something that is yet to be seen or happen.
The second story is when King Jehoshaphat is told that there was a great army coming to wage war against him and the people of Judah and Jerusalem. He decided to fast, and have the people fast too. Then, he decided to seek help from the Lord, and so he prayed. At the end of his prayer, he told the Lord, “…We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (v12) King Jehoshaphat had no idea how to handle the huge army that was coming against him. He trusted the Lord to guide him. The Lord certainly did. The Lord gave the battle plan to King Jehoshaphat through Jahaziel. In the morning, King Jehoshaphat spoke to the people of Judah and Jerusalem as they were preparing for war, “… Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld…” Then, he appointed men to be at the head of the army to sing to the Lord and to praise Him. This was another indication of advance praise. Imagine doing this, as the army is approaching. The Lord took over, and allowed the enemy to fight themselves and defeat each other by destroying themselves. The men of Judah and Jerusalem did not have to fight. The battle was the Lord’s. They won the battle and the victory was theirs!
If you are facing a battle, and are believing for God to bring you victory, praise God in advance. Have faith and know that if God is for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31)