I have noticed for quite some time that many believers hinge their salvation on their praises of God, i.e. the more they praise the Lord and speak words of praise about the Lord the more saved they perceive themselves to be and the more holy they appear to be to others. If their praise for God is offered through their sufferings and pains, then the better. This supposedly is an indication of their born again spirit.
Also, praising the Lord appears to be their primary means to receive their blessings from the LORD or to get their prayers answered.
I have also notice that there is significant talk coming across the pulpit that encourages folks to have a “Personal Relationship” with God.
The main focus of this message seems to be for each individual believer to develop a personal relationship with Father God through personal prayers.
Theses messages encourages folks to “Stay Prayed Up” and to give God all of the praises in order to insure the presence of God’s Spirit in their hearts and lives. It promises the hope of salvation and deliverance from the inevitable trials and tribulations that befalls every believer.
Now the question is…
Does the WORD of GOD say that praises and prayers are the keys to having a personal relationship with Father God? Does praise and prayer guarantee salvation, holiness and blessings? If so, please feel free to provide Bible references.
Everyone is invited to expound on this question in their own words.