The Biblical Principle of ROARING

Mark Preissner

One day in the privacy of my car, I felt moved to ROAR in protest over some things my daughters were struggling with. So I roared for them. 

Admittedly, roaring is not natural for me, but alone in the car, I just used the word roar and yelled it as loudly as I could. And it genuinely sounded like a roar. 

When I stopped, I felt tingling all over my body. 

Heaven must have heard that roar because I later learned that my daughter felt her thoughts change at nearly the same time—they transformed from negative unbelief to positive faith.

The Lord Roars in Scripture

The next day I was journaling with the Father. When I asked Him about this experience, He replied, “Yes, Mark—it is a valiant war cry. The enemy shudders. It’s a little like what pulled the walls down at Jericho. We roar as well.”

That surprised me—that the Father roars too. I Googled Scriptures that had roaring in them:

Isaiah 42:13: “The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.” (KJB)

Hosea 11:10: “They will follow the LORD; He will roar like a lion. When He roars, His children will come trembling from the west.” (HCSB)

Revelation 10:3: “Then he cried out in a loud voice like the roar of a lion.” (BSB)

Isaiah 31:4: “Like a lion roaring . . . it is not terrified . . . so the Lord of Hosts will come down to do battle.” (BSB)

Joel 3:16: “The Lord will roar from Zion . . . heaven and earth will tremble.” (BSB)

Amos 1:2: “The Lord roars from Zion and raises His voice.” (BSB)

Jeremiah 25:30: “The Lord shall roar from on high . . . he shall mightily roar upon his habitation.” (KJB)

Later I found a footnote in the Strong’s Concordance that said the Egyptian army took real lions into battle with them to cause fear in the enemy camp.

Roaring Shakes the Enemy’s Camp

The Father explained to me, “You felt all tingly because it [roaring] is a powerful tool that strengthens and emboldens weak vessels.” 

“So roaring strengthens us as well as brings victory?” I asked. 

“Yes, Mark. It shakes the enemy’s camp.” The Lord told me that roaring also shakes the enemy’s grip on those he’s taken prisoner. “It shakes him to the ground as the snake he is.”

Later on I shared this experience at a prayer meeting, and someone suggested we roar in unison. We did—and the roar was deafening! 

We then sang “I Raise a Hallelujah,” which appropriately talks about roaring our praises. My wife, Lisa, is a schoolteacher, and she shared that her kids really get into the song’s roaring! 

The praise of children, silencing the enemies of God (Ps. 8:2). 

Roaring Causes Heaven to Rejoice

The next morning I talked to the Father more about this topic. 

“The roaring last night was pretty cool!” I asked Him what He thought about it.

“Your roars reached heaven and we danced for joy,” He replied. “It pleases us when our children STAND against the enemy. Chains fell last night, not just in your group. Thank you for that!” 

I immediately thought of the Scripture where Jesus rejoiced/danced when He heard how His disciples trashed the enemy. He jumped for joy, which is the Greek meaning of rejoiced in Luke 10:21.

The Father told me, “Yes, you don’t realize how significant this is, and it brings us great joy!” 

“It made my voice box hoarse,” I said.

“Yes, Mark, but you recover quickly! Keep roaring!”

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comments (9)

  • Janette Aydin

    Today was the day I heard the heavens roar for an hour while I was in my prayer being the storm I have went thru for 2 years and told u fell and completely gave myself to the Lord my savior…amen…..

  • Christine G.

    Sandi – your experience was awesome. Just reading about it is thrilling! I’m glad I ‘happened’ to come across it.

    Once, when I was sharing with a brother in the Lord, I felt shaken as though by an inner earthquake. He looked astonished. I felt & heard it with astonishment as well. Not a roar, but maybe similar in the sense of inner power released by the Lord.

  • Sandi

    About 5 years ago, give or take a year or two, I was in a deep sleep during the night when I heard an audible roar either coming from inside me or from my mouth. I was not sure which. I didn’t know what to do, I was stunned and afraid. Being fully awake now due to one long, loud lions roar, I laid there, terrified. I thought oh no, I’m possessed! I cried and cried and felt so sad all day and every day after that when I recalled the experience. How could this happen to me? I was ashamed, afraid to tell my husband, he might think I’m off my rocker. I thought of it often over the years. I tried to research it. I wondered what that roar was about. Today I prayed about it again and asked the Lord to show me what that roar meant. I searched scriptures about a lions roar and now I have found this article and I feel so much better about the experience. Maybe some unknown, unseen enemy was about to cause me harm or torment… or the Lion of Judah inside of me was declaring His rightful ownership (I hope), either way I’m thankful for every experience I have been given and the lessons learned. God’s ways are indeed higher, and I praise him for that.

  • Laurel Stevens

    Roaring in Canada!! Thank you Mark for listening and roaring!

  • Ev Sims

    This was a real encouragement as I’ve been concerned that there’s a move at out church to see silence as the purest for. Of worship and even witirneing to just ‘be’ and not speak for the Lord .

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