The Power of Praise – The Story Behind “I Raise a Hallelujah”

“My weapon is a melody… heaven’s going to fight for me…” says one line of this song. It’s the power of praise that lifts your spirits and brings God’s power. Sing a little louder every day!

A 2-year-old’s miraculous healing from a deadly disease sparked a worship anthem for Bethel Music, a worship group from Redding, Calif.

“When you can’t pray anymore, and all the prayers have been exhausted, that’s when you feel the prayers of others,” said Jaxon’s father.

People all over the world commented on Facebook, Instagram saying they were praying for Jaxon’s healing.

Battling a Deadly Disease

The Christmas tree was set up and a mother and her two-year-old son, Jaxon, built their Christmas cake train. Later that evening when he lay down on the floor, his mother knew something was terribly wrong. This child was deathly sick.

A few days before Christmas in 2017, little Jaxon was airlifted to an intensive care unit suffering with an acute disease caused by an E. coli infection. It had shut down his kidneys and caused seizures. Jaxon was in danger for his very life.

His mom and dad felt hopeless as they stood by his bedside and prayed. The little boy was unresponsive. One night the doctor told them he didn’t think their son would make it through the night. Joel Taylor, Jaxon’s father and CEO of Bethel Music, said they needed a Christmas miracle and sent out the news to his network. People responded.

Worship leader Jonathan David Hesler, friends of the Taylor’s said, “I just felt like this giant of unbelief stood in front of me and I just thought, ‘Jaxon’s gonna die tonight. We’re not going to see the miracle.’ And as this giant stood in front of me, all of a sudden, out of my gut, this song started coming out….’I raise a hallelujah…in the presence of my enemies….'”

Jaxon Taylor – Photo Credit: JoelTaylor via Instagram

When There’s Nothing Left to Say

When you’ve prayed all you know to pray and can’t think of another word to say, you have to trust.

Joel Taylor admitted he didn’t have any more prayers to pray but could feel the prayers from around the world being spoken on behalf of his son.

“In the battle for his life, the global church community rose up like a mighty army and joined us in prayer and worship all over the world,” Taylor said. “Our son was miraculously healed and today is perfectly healthy. For us, Victory has become a declaration of truth over hopelessness, a prophetic statement in the storm of adversity, and a battle-cry when facing the impossible. The battle belongs to our God, and our God is victorious!”

Raised by Praise

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About C.A. Simonson

C.A. Simonson is a freelance writer and author. Her most recent book, "RUNAWAY," is a fictional account of a runaway child released in June 2019. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in seven anthologies. The Journey Home trilogy, "Love's Journey Home," "Love Looks Back," and "Love's Amazing Grace," are inspirational Christian fiction based on true events. Her nonfiction books include two anthologies, two children's speller/story coloring books and a food book of hacks, helps and hints. Copies are available in paperback, digital, and audio format on Amazon, KOBO, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and or at When she is not writing, she is quilting, crafting, or fishing.
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3 Responses to The Power of Praise – The Story Behind “I Raise a Hallelujah”

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Praise His Holy Name.. Tears of joy!!


  2. Mary Ann says:

    Reblogged this on Anchor Thy Soul and commented:
    The power of Praise – By C.A. Simonson
    This is so uplifting please don’t miss it!


  3. Thank you Mary Ann, for your encouragement! Blessings


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