Praying According to God's Heart
- Wednesday, October 21, 2009
God wants us to use His word to release His will on the earth. In Genesis 1, the Spirit moved at God's Word. There is anointing on God's Word. Jesus resisted Satan by speaking God's Word in the desert (Matthew 4:4-10). Let's realize what God has made available to us if we will believe. He has given us the keys to His Kingdom.
• There is power in our words - "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life" (John 6:63).
• Our words release life and death - "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit" (Proverbs 18:21).
• We must speak and declare God's Word - "It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.' With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak" (2 Corinthians 4:13).
When our hearts and our words agree with God's will, they release His power in a dramatic way. But if our words agree with Satan, we release his power. Declarative prayer affects the spirit and heavenly realm by binding demonic activity and loosing angelic activity. Jesus fights when we speak His Word in intercession and when we declare decrees according to His leading. He fights with the sword of His mouth (Revelation 2:16). We are to proclaim the decrees of the Lord. If we ask, He will give us the nations as our inheritance! (Psalm 2:7-8).
Listening to what God is saying is key. The Bible promises us in John 10:27 that God's sheep hear His voice. There are many examples of declarative prayer in the Bible. Jesus cursed the fig tree in Matthew 21:19, Ezekiel spoke to the dry bones in Ezekiel 37:4-9, and God told Moses to speak to the rock in Numbers 20:7-8. Jesus even taught us to speak to the mountains in our lives in Mark 11:23. This is what my husband did in that apartment in Spain.
But how can we be sure that we are hearing God's voice in order to declare His will? Here are a few questions you can ask yourself as you learn declarative prayer:
• Am I giving glory to God or is this for my personal gain and desires? Faith declaring prayer is for the glory of God alone.
• Does my prayer expand God's Kingdom? Declarative prayers expand the Kingdom of God.
• What does God want to do in this situation? Declarative prayers pray God's will and His desires with faith.
• Are my motives pure and am I surrendered? Declarative prayers have pure motives (James 4:3).
• What are the promises of God in Scripture? Declarative prayers pray God's promises in His Word.
Do we realize the responsibility we have to determine what we do on earth for the Kingdom of God by our words? We read in Psalm 115:16 "The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man." We can pray and declare what God wants to release on earth and what is on His heart for the future. We can pray His promises onto the earth where we live and work. Job was instructed to pray and declare before God and it would be established (Job 22:22-28). That's powerful.
Are you living on a cliff in your life experience? Are you going through a difficult time where you don't know which way to go? Do you need a breakthrough? Perhaps it's time to speak to the mountains in your life through declarative prayer. Let's learn to ask God for greater faith to listen and pray His will on earth for His glory in our daily life experiences. And let's learn to walk in faith as we hold onto the promises that we have boldly prayed.
"When God puts a specific verse in my heart showing me how to pray for a particular situation, my faith is naturally heightened. To engage in listening prayer, receiving a precise Bible verse for a specific situation enables me to pray His will with His wisdom. ‘so faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the (rhema) of Christ' (Romans 10:17). Hearing a specific word - a rhema - from God produces faith! Now that's worth waiting for."
Together in the Harvest,
Original Publication Date: October 21, 2009
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