- Express our gratitude for what God has done in the past
- Thank Him for all that He is and has given to us today, and
- Thank God for the future fulfilment of His prophetic word
By giving thanks ahead of time, we are acknowledging that God is the source of what He has promised and that we are receiving it from Him by faith. This is prophetic thanksgiving.
In prophetic praise, we are extolling and declaring God’s virtues, and the greatness of His future acts.
God is deserving of our prophetic thanksgiving and praise. It honours Him. We are declaring and affirming His will, His faithfulness and His Sovereignty.
4 Benefits of Prophetic Thanksgiving and Praise
Prophetic thanksgiving and praise not only honours God, it releases benefits to us as well. Here are 4 good things that prophetic praise and thanksgiving will release in your life.
1. It Releases Heaven’s Perspective in Your Life
When you thank and praise God for His acts ahead of time, it shifts you from earth’s perspective, the temporal viewpoint, to Heaven’s perspective. This is the eternal viewpoint where the past present and future are seen together.
Prophetic praise and thanksgiving enables you to have a Kingdom perspective even in the darkest of times.
David provides an example of this in the Psalms—especially Psalms 52 and 57. During his most difficult times of trial he is able to look ahead to the fulfilment of God’s purpose for his life, and praise God in that dark place for what is yet to come.
It is as though he has one foot in the present, being honest and real in his cry to God in the trial. And he simultaneously has another foot in the future, in the fulfilment of God’s prophetic outcome for his life, and is praising God in faith.
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’ (Phil 4:6)
Having Heaven’s perspective will alleviate fear and anxiety concerning the future. You can pray about situations with thanksgiving, knowing that your Father is in control and His desired outcome will take place.
2. It Builds Your Faith
‘Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].’ (Heb 11:1, AMP)
Prophetic thanksgiving is the voice of faith. By faith, you have the title deed, or ownership papers of what God has promised already in your hand. You rejoice and express your gratitude to your Father!
As you voice your faith in God through praise and thanksgiving during times of trial, it is a powerful witness to others. Paul and Silas sang hymns whilst imprisoned in a dungeon—and others were listening in. When the power of God shook open the doors there was no doubt as to the Source of that deliverance and the jailer and his household came to faith that night. (Acts 16)
3. It is a Means of Breakthrough
Your words in agreement with God’s intentions are powerful.
King Jehoshaphat faced certain defeat when a great army was arrayed against Judah. (2 Chron 20) But then came the word of the Lord—a prophecy that God would deliver them without a fight.
Believing God’s word, ‘Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of hisholiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”’ (2 Chron 20:21)
As the prophetic thanksgiving and praise went up to God, the enemy turned upon and destroyed each other.
Prophetic thanksgiving and praise is a powerful means of breakthrough, releasing the power of the Holy Spirit into situations and breaking down opposition so that God’s purpose is accomplished.
4. It Leads you into Encounters with God
‘Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.’ (Psalm 100:4)
Prophetic thanksgiving and praise brings the atmosphere of Heaven to earth. As you lift your heart and voice in gratitude and praise to God, you will find yourself more aware of His Presence and less aware of the problems that surround you.
You will find yourself face to face with your Heavenly Father.
© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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