In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat was faced with what looked like a dead end, when three nations came against him in battle. This is how he went about it: Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-15 from your Bible.
War was raging in the nation and Jehoshaphat gathered his people together to fast and pray. They used the Word in their prayers, reminding God of His commitment to keep them in the land of their inheritance. Their prayers reached heaven and God answered them. Their communication was through.
After this, it was time to take practical delivery of their victory. God said to them: Read 2 Chronicles 20:17 from your Bible
When you get God on the scene in any battle in life, He takes over. The battle is no longer yours, but the Lord’s. He comes face to face with your enemy and of course, you know who the winner will be.
God told the people, “You will not need to fight nor struggle to get your desires, but you will need to do something; you will need to go out against the enemy, set yourself.” This is where a lot of people miss it.
You will notice that the enemies that arrayed themselves against Judah didn’t disappear the moment they prayed. In fact, the enemies were very much present while they were fasting and praying. Even after God had answered their prayers, the enemies were still organizing a siege around the city and threatened to kill them and take their land.
So, even though they had fasted, prayed, and God had answered, it seemed the problem was still there. Then they engaged the weapon of perfection – praise, which establish their victory.
Read 2 Chronicles 20:21-23 from your Bible
God performs in prayers, but He perfects in praise. He takes over in prayer, but He demonstrates His intervention in praise. So, after every powerful prayer, it takes powerful praise to experience perfection.
Understand that praise is a weapon of warfare. It brings home your miracle, which though has been released to you from heaven, is still being withstood by a prince of Persia (Dan. 10:13).
Until you are valiant in praise, you are not valiant in battle. You never know the power of God, until you know how to turn Him on. It is praise that turns Him on, that is what sets Him to work.
After you have fasted and prayed, don’t stop there; burst forth into praise and worship. Celebrate the integrity of God and you will see things begin to happen in your life. As you enter into hot and fearful praises, God will establish your dominion over all the roaring of your enemies.
Read Exodus 15:11 from your Bible
All the answers to prayers that the prince of Persia has been resisting in your life will begin to tumble down on you as you engage the weapon of praise.
When you are confronted with any situation, it is wisdom to locate how people overcame similar situations in Scriptures and then line yourself up with it; and you will end up with the same results they got (Jeremiah 6:16).
To win the prayer battle, you start with praise – “Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…” Then you wrap up your requests in Scriptures, receive the answer from heaven and then take delivery of your desires in praise. You start with praise and end with praise – “…For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13).