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Words Of The Latter Rain

Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2010


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Ken Nix

Friday, 7/23/2010

I am the Lord Jesus, your Savior and King. My people pray for many things and we hear and we move. Answered prayer leads to praise, but when is the moment that prayers should turn to praise? The children of Israel had fear at the waters and when I delivered them they praised.  When the waters divided, each person had to walk through the sea. The water was as a wall on each side. There was fear in the hearts of my people as they walked in the midst of the waters. Many prayed during every step until safely across. When should prayer have turned to praise? Should praise have waited until all were safely over to the other side?” …  I give you words spoken by my servant Daniel when he was cast into the den of lions. Was it prayer or praise that closed the mouths of the lions that night? These are the words of Daniel moments after being thrown into the den of lions.”


“Great and Mighty God, I bow and I worship. Please help me and deliver me, oh God. The lions circle me but do not attack for your light is upon me. My life is in your hands and I know my life is yours. If it be your will I ask that your hand deliver me from this trial. I thank you for your love and mercy. The lions do not attack but I see the hunger in their eyes and feel their breath upon me. You have delivered me and I praise. I lift my hands unto you Great Eternal and I shout and I sing. Mighty are your works and great is your power oh Lord! As you delivered your people from the host of Pharaoh, so you have delivered me. You are the God above all and I worship and I praise and I offer my thanks unto you for saving me this day. I see the lions and all have gathered together and they sleep. Great Lord I praise you. I do not wait until morning to praise, I praise now while the hand of death lies just at the door. I praise you in the midst of the storm for I see your hand and know that you have turned my prayer into praise.”


All of the previous words were given by the Lord Jesus on May 05, 2010. These words were given as a daily lesson. We are blessed in so many ways and we are being blessed with daily words of love, wisdom and guidance from the Good Shepherd who is leading and guiding his people. I received the following instructions from the Lord Jesus, “...This month you are to write an article based upon the message given in the daily words called, ‘When Prayer Turns To Praise.’ Place the word given in the newsletter and then write as you are led.”

I love all of the daily messages but this is one that truly stood out to me. We have been taught of the great power of prayer. It is a tool of power that we have not fully understood yet. We have  been told that praise is also a powerful tool. As with any tool there is a time and place for both. Sometimes when working on a project, you have to switch back and forth between the tools you use. So it is with Christians. We must use all the tools given and we must know which tool to use. This holds true with prayer and praise.


In the examples given in the message from the Lord Jesus, he shows that the Israelites when crossing the Red Sea continued to pray until the danger was gone. Daniel, on the other hand, stopped praying and began praising when deliverance was seen. Deliverance was shown by God the moment the Red Sea parted. The danger for the Israelites was  the approaching army of Pharaoh. Though the Red Sea was frightening, it was actually the road of deliverance, not one of danger. The praise should have begun at the moment deliverance was seen. The danger was still present behind them in the form of Pharaoh's army, not around them or before them. With Daniel, the danger was present but deliverance was seen when the danger in the form of the lions was stopped by the hand of God. 


When faced with trials and difficulties, we must seek God in prayer. In our prayers we are seeking God's hand to move on our behalf; in other words we are seeking their deliverance. What we have to come to understand and see spiritually is that the trial can still be there at the same time as the deliverance.


In one of the parables, King David spoke of how the closeness of his enemies caused him concern even though he had faith. For King David, he continually saw God's deliverance but was constantly surrounded by the danger from his enemies. So we need to understand that deliverance doesn't necessarily mean the removal of something but rather the protection from it.


When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were in the fiery furnace, they began to praise God while surrounded by flames. The danger was present but deliverance had already been seen. The keys to seeing God's hand of deliverance is in surrender, belief and trust.

Psalms 91:2, 4, 7, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust… He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler... A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee.



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