My husband Malcolm and I have just spent the weekend in Auckland, New Zealand, where I led a workshop with Steve McCracken on the topic of Prophetic Praise and Worship. [1] Realising how powerful this teaching is, I decided to re-publish an article this week on the power of prophetic praise for the benefit of recent readers. It changed my life—and it may change yours.

A Prophetic Song of Praise Releases the Power of God

It has been said that ‘desperate times call for desperate measures.’

In God’s Kingdom, however, desperate times call for extraordinary measures.

Occasionally, I find myself in a crisis that requires an exceptional response of faith. In these times, I know I can pray—and I do. But when extraordinary measures are needed, I turn to praise.

A song of praise is a powerful prophetic tool that

  • Celebrates victory in the face of apparent defeat.
  • Declares God’s ability in the circumstance of your inability
  • Thanks God for answers that have not yet been sighted

The song of praise is prophetic because it gives voice to the word that God has spoken to you, concerning His outcome for your circumstances and life.

We can choose to believe and respond to that prophetic word over and above the voice of our circumstance, or the negative whispers of the enemy in our minds.

There is something about singing songs of praise that has a powerful magnetic pull on the resources of heaven. And this is why:

The Bible’s Prescription For Our Desperation: A Song Of Praise

God has prescribed the prophetic song of praise in scripture as an instrument of breakthrough. Here are some examples:

Warfare (2 Chron 20)

King Jehoshaphat received word that a ‘vast army’ was coming against Israel. In answer to a prayer of desperation he received a prophetic word: ‘The battle is not yours, but God’s.’

Jehoshaphat sent out a choir singing praise to God in front of his army. He was not sending the praisers to their death, but to proclaim the victory that he had already received by God’s word.

The Bible records, ‘As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes…’ 2 Chron 20:22

The enemy armies turned on each other and victory was won with no weapon except a song of praise to God.

When it feels as though all hell is breaking loose against you, break heaven loose against the enemy and overcome with a song of praise.

(see also Psalm 149:5-9)

Provision (Numbers 21)

Israel returned to the place God had miraculously provided water for them in the past and sang this song:

“Spring up, O well! Sing about it, about the well that the princes dug, that the nobles of the people sank–the nobles with scepters and staffs.” (Num 21:17-18)

This song of praise did two things. It

  1. Commemorated God’s past provision and
  2. Anticipated His present supply

Impossibility (Isaiah 54)

Are you waiting on promises from God to be fulfilled? Does fulfillment to be out of your reach?

In Isa 54:1-3 God says to His people,

Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor…

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.’

In the face of barrenness and impossibility, sing! Sing a song that celebrates the fulfillment of God’s promise. Don’t stop there, prepare and make room for His answers.

Obstacles (Acts 16)

Persecution and imprisonment threatened to cut short Paul and Silas’ ministry in the city of Phillipi. Instead of the effectiveness promised by God in a prophetic dream, they found themselves flogged and cast into the stocks of an inner dungeon.

But outward circumstances could not rob them of their inner faith. They prayed and loudly sang hymns to God that were heard throughout the jail. Suddenly an earthquake shook the prison, opening the doors and breaking chains.

There could have been no doubt of the correlation between the song and the earthquake, for the jailer cried out, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30)

As a result, more people came to know Jesus and the Kingdom of God was advanced in that city.

When you find yourself trapped, in pain, and there is no earthly way out, try a song of praise—and make sure that others know you are singing.

When Singing Is The Hardest Thing You Can Do

Sometimes singing a song of praise can be the hardest thing to do. It helps to remember that even when Jesus faced the cross, He was able to sing praises to God.

Mark records of that night,

‘When they had sang a hymn, they went out to the Mount Of Olives.’ (Mark 14:26).

Singing a song of praise is not about feeling good, and certainly not about sounding good. You don’t have to be a singer or musician to sing a praise song to God.

Here are some ideas to help you sing a prophetic song of praise to God, no matter what your circumstances are:

  • Find a recorded song of praise that gives voice to God’s prophetic word for you, and play it—over and over. Sing along to it
  • Attend a church service, and sing the praise songs with all your heart
  • Sing praises when you are alone—in the car, in your room, under your breath while you are out walking
  • When you feel tempted to worry or fear, recall the song to mind
  • Tell someone how you are responding to God in the crisis. It will be a powerful testimony to them.

Desperate times call for extraordinary measures. Sing a prophetic song of praise and watch as God moves

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© Helen Calder
Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

16 thoughts on “How Your Prophetic Song Can Release God’s Power”

  1. Dear Helen

    Spot on again! Every time you publish a word, then it hits the mark in such a timely manner. I know you don’t write them for me, but you might as well do! 🙂

    As a worship leader, this topic especially resonates with me. Just this lunchtime I was sharing with a new 1st year student member of our congregation who has asked to join our worship team about the power of praise when faced with difficult or impossible circumstances, and how we as a team are called into the front line, and was sharing with him that very story from 2Chr.20!

    But more personally, my wife and I were given the Isaiah 54 verses when we moved just over a year ago to our present location on Anglesey, guided by God, we believe. Our vision is for a house of worship, prayer and fellowship in the heart of the island. It was a risk of faith and has cost us much so far, and we have met difficulty, struggle and hardship, even through many obstacles in our path fell miraculously at the start. These struggles extend to difficulties in our family too, such as loss and depression.

    However, the call to praise is a very timely one for us and we are reminded by your post to praise especially when the answers have not as yet come through or become visible. The amazing thing that God has demonstrated to us on several occasions is that he is not limited by time and space in the way he brings about answers to prayer, and that he is able to turn dire situations to his glory, even when it seems all is lost.

    A number of us have felt led to plan in June of this year to prayer walk around the whole island of Anglesey (125 miles broken into 12 sections) moving from one church to another as we go. This will be a sacrificial offering of praise and prayer for the spiritual life of the nation of Wales, and a call to Christian unity between denominations, Welsh and English speaking believers etc. Numbers 21 is, I feel, appropriate here. Evan Roberts (of the 1904-05 Welsh revival) preached one of his last sermons on Anglesey, and we pray that God would unblock the wells and bring up the water that has disappeared underground for over 100 years, and from this once again bless the nation of Wales and the nations.

    Looking forward to your next posting!!

    Every blessing in Christ,


    1. wow James, that is awesome. May you Partake of the Spirit’s overflow as you sing and speak over the wells of God there in Anglesey. I pray you and your family receive abundant Divine health, protection and provision. Your comment blessed my day – I am still in Auckland, NZ, my place of birth and the ‘utmost parts of the earth.’
      Keep in touch, would love to continue to hear of your ongoing journey. 🙂

  2. Dear Helen,
    Your post remind me of what I have seen from It’s Supernatural with many different people interviewed by Sid Roth. As many have enter into the third heaven where God and His angels are all in there. Many people reported that as we praise and worship, the power in heaven truly manifested. It is surely a blessing for us to praise and to worship God on earth and something just happen in the heavenly. I wish we all can experience this kind of power in our christian walk all the times in this world even when sometimes we are just not in the mood to praise and worship.

  3. Thank you, so true about how we can be affected by mood and circumstances, and yet this is such a powerful truth! It is helpful to be reminded regularly of the power of praise and worship to motivate us in a fresh way.

  4. Dream- Symbol with the star of David. In bold letters the words: A universal system in a dry barren land.

  5. Love the Biblical imagery in your dream, definitely worth praying about and asking Father for His interpretation.

  6. Thank Helen for your blog. David McCracken only recently directed me to this site and i’ll now follow you consistently so i can better understand the prophetic grace father is teaching me. thank you and David.

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