Our family was recently facing a difficult visa situation in Sweden. One afternoon my husband and I were discussing it. I was voicing all of my fears and concerns about what the outcome might be. He gently stopped me and made the statement that we needed to declare victory and praise God for a positive outcome.
The Faith of a Child
Almost instantly, our seven-year-old son came out of his room and began looking for a “Jericho.” He found a stool, placed it down and began to march around it with purpose. After the initial surprise we joined him, marching around that stool, claiming our victory and praising the Lord for it. It was faith in action!
Joshua 6:20 says, “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city.”
Those walls of doubt and uncertainty crumbled in a moment.
In a moment those massive walls of that city fell flat. That day I found myself in a similar moment, my massive fears fell flat. Those walls of doubt and uncertainty crumbled in a moment. As the three of us marched around that stool speaking life, every doubt and fear about possible negative outcomes were laid to waste. The victory had been made clear and the promise stood right before us. That is the power of praise.
Respond to Challenging Circumstances with Praise
It is more than just a song we sing to Him. We must make those faith-filled declarations of God’s power and believe in His ability to step into those seemingly impossible circumstances. Our praise attracts God and activates our faith. We will see the supernatural power of God step in and act on our behalf. “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17, NKJV). It takes faith to respond to our challenging circumstances with praise. If we push past what we see to be true with our human eyes, and believe in Him, we automatically position ourselves for the victory.Know that as you march and declare victory, you are not just affecting your life but the lives of those around you. Click To Tweet
Just like our son helped us to activate our faith through praising around our stool-shaped “Jericho,” my prayer is that you also make a decision today to march around your own Jericho. Know that as you march and declare victory, you are not just affecting your life but the lives of those around you. Your family, your children, your community will see how the Lord steps in and makes those walls fall flat. “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).
Jenny Follmer along with her husband and two children, Alanna and Finlay, are currently missionaries in the country of Sweden. She has worked and served in missions over the past thirteen years, many of those being in Glasgow, Scotland. She currently holds a general license with the UPCI. She has a heart for children and a desire to see kids’ prayer ministries grow.
(A version of this article was printed in Ladies Prayer International newsletter and used with permission of the writer.)