Praise Breaks The Chains Exodus 17:10So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. As long as Moses raised his hands they were winning, but when they were down they would begin to lose. 1 Timothy 2:8I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. Psalm 141:2Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Hebrews 12:12a Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down……. If we continue to lift our hands in prayer and praise we will have the victory. Why do you think the enemy tries to keep you from praying? Why does he fight praise and worship so much? Its because he knows how powerful it is. So lift your hands and your voice: go up to that mountain of praise and lift His name on high! Exodus 17:12But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun . Moses couldn’t hold up his hands until the end of day alone. Aaron and Hur had to help him hold up his arms. If they hadn’t, they would have lost the battle. Hebrews 13:15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Paul and Silas probably did not much feel like praising God when they were beaten and thrown in prison. But in their spirit they wanted to lift him up. Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. When Paul and Silas prayed and sang to the Lord and the chains fell off. Sometimes in our midnight hour we just need to pray and praise God until all that holds us bound is loosed ! Praise is so powerful it will shake the foundation of our prison and loose the bands that hold us captive! It will shake the enemy for he trembles at the sound of praise. He hates praise. He wanted the worship for himself. Praise and worship will send him on the run. Psalm 8:2Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. Praise breaks the chains of bondage and sets captives free. Not only for us, but even those around us are influenced when they see what the Lord has done for us and they can be set free too! When we praise and pray doors that have been closed are suddenly opened! When Peter was in prison they prayed for him and he was freed. Acts 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. Psalm 22:3But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. When He is lifted up He comes on the scene. The gifts of the Spirit begin to move. The anointing and power of God begin to work. When we lift Him up He will come and do what He wills. And what is his will? 1 John 3:8b For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Luke 4:18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. I have been speaking concerning us as indiviuals, but just as Aaran and Hur held up Moses hand we also need to hold up the hands of our pastors and leaders. The enemy will try to attack them even more than the sheep. He knows if he can get the leader he can scatter the flock and harm or destroy the sheep. Lift up their hands in prayer for protection, direction and revelation. Pray the scriptures over him, the needs of his family and guidance. Open the doors by continuing to praise God for the answer. He will do what His Word says. I don’t mean just say a little pray and go your way. I mean prayer and fasting; deep intercession in the spirit until victory comes. Let him know you are standing with him and how much your care. We should hold each other up in prayer too. Where one is weak the other is strong. We are the body and we need each other and work together for the kingdom of God. Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. John 13:35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.