Praying According to God's Heart
- Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The scene was absolutely breathtaking. Situated on the side of a mountain in an apartment, we didn't initially realize where we were living. That is until we took an elevator down several stories, walked down a long series of steps, and out the gate into a curved street that is so typical in Spain. As we walked, I looked up with a gasp at the very place where we were living. High up was the balcony of our apartment protruding out the side of a mountain. It looked so small and vulnerable seated among a number of mountain cliffs. For a few days we actually were living on a cliff!
Now I don't personally like cliffs but I do love high places because I love to pray high up where I can see a great distance of landscape and trees. And this place was perfect for that! The view was out of this world. The sky was blue and the sea was the richest color of blue-green that you had ever seen. On one side were the Sierra Nevada Mountains painting half the scenery and on the other side was the Mediterranean Sea. We were sandwiched directly in the middle.
This was last year in Spain. My husband and I would have prayer times in this apartment. One time when we were praying we decided to go out on the balcony, and he began to declare and pray over the land. Suddenly we began to declare God's Word in prayer as we looked at the beautiful landscape before us. We knew there was a lot of hidden darkness underneath, but we knew we had power in prayer. He pointed directly to the mountains and said as an act of faith,
"This is a place of faith. It's time to say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be thrown into the sea!'"
We had been going through a particularly difficult time regarding our future. Not knowing which way to go and feeling bombarded by attacks from the enemy at every turn, it was an important declaration when our faith seemed at low ebb.
But as we declared God's Word directed by His Spirit, all of a sudden our faith began to rise! We began to believe God for greater things in prayer. Hope began to fill our hearts and our prayers became more forceful. We realized afresh the importance of declaring God's truth out loud for spiritual breakthrough.
Declarative prayer is a dynamic way to pray strategically. We must be willing to learn to wait to hear the Lord's voice if we want to pray declarative prayers. We must know the Lord's timing and voice. It can't be our personal desire. It's not a name it, claim it prayer. It must be God, because He always has a plan. As His ambassadors and representatives on earth, we are to stand in the gap in prayer for others (Ezekiel 22:30). As we obey and pray His Word, God wants to use us to bring healing on the earth.
Barbara Wentroble in her book Prophetic Intercession says:
"Intercessors should be able to hear God speak. As He speaks, He will reveal areas that need prayer, strategies to overcome the enemy, actions or declarations to break the power of hindrance, and even reveal the sources of warfare. Victory can be obtained through obedience to the Word of the Lord."
Declarative prayer claims supernatural intervention from God on God's terms, not ours. Our faith for declarative prayer comes from God and not our own efforts - God works through our faith - He is the object and source of it. It's not about our faith, our own effort and abilities or anything else. It's all about God. He calls forth what doesn't exist in the natural realm (Romans 4:17).
Matthew 16:19 says, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." God does the binding in heaven, and then we carry it out on earth. We receive the "rhema" word from the Bible. As we listen to God, our faith grows.
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