Intercession: From faithless beggar petitions to confident kingly prophetic declarations

6 Feb

I believe that what we have always called intercessory type prayer is beginning to change from plaintiff prayer to kingly prayer… from beggar posture to royal posture.  From earth originated prayer to Heaven originated prayer (where we’re seated).  From a faithless desperate petition to a confident faith-filled prophetic declaration. 

For several years, I’ve asked my mind to notify me whenever I find myself asking for something in prayer.  I then determine whether I already know God’s heart on this matter.  If I don’t, then I continue to ask e.g. “if any man lacks wisdom let him ask of God who gives….”   But if I already know what God’s heart is on the matter then (for me) it isn’t appropriate to ask, I must now assume my kingly role of co-ruling with Jesus.  I must speak (from Heaven) to earth… prophesying Father’s heart into the matter.

One doesn’t need to assume any responsibility when we just ‘throw up’ a beggar petition before Heaven… we’ll just let God sort it out… no need for maturity here.  Babies ask for anything and everything… mommies and daddies sort it all out.  But as we mature, we must assume more and more responsibility about what kind of prayer we’re praying.  Jesus said it this way, “I can do nothing apart from my Father”.  He didn’t pray anything without finding Father’s will first… He then assumed His kingly role of releasing Father’s will… “Be healed”; “Rise up”; “Storm be still”, etc.  No plaintiff / beggar prayers here.

Yes, there are a few occasions where Jesus prayed ‘asking prayers’… in the Garden “Father, if it be Thy will… never-the-less Thy will be done”… He needed to know for sure.  And at Lazarus’ tomb (John 11:41-44) he prayed our old type of prayers ONLY so that people would know by who’s power he raised Lazarus from the dead… “Father I thank you that You hear me….” But after he prayed a prayer to get everyone ‘on page’ with Him, He then prayed a Jesus prayer, commanding with a “loud voice”, “Lazarus come forth!”  The reality is that once we know Father’s will, then we’re invited to assume our co-heir position of co-ruling with Jesus from Heaven to earth.

Disclaimer:  This growth process into our kingly role has nothing to do with grasping to be a ‘big dog’; it has nothing to do with being arrogant, pompous or presumptuous; it has nothing to do with just spouting out memorized Scripture; it has nothing to do with ‘grunting’ harder to get more righteous and more spiritual.  NO!  A thousand times, No.

It has to do with simply believing the truth about who we are… kings and priests unto our God, and co-heirs with Jesus… whatever is true of Him is true of us… and whatever He’s been called to do is what we’ve been called to do.  It has to do with debunking the devil’s lies and myths that we were poor mortals waiting for death to set us free, make us righteous, glorify us, etc…    The devil would love to keep us in a powerless state until death, which would in effect make death our savior.  Many of us have believed that Jesus couldn’t make us righteous in this life.  We would need Jesus plus our death, then we could be righteous.  Wow, when we put it like this, it just sounds awful, doesn’t it?

I imagine this is going to take several years for the body of Christ to catch on, but the fact is, it has already started… we’ve already begun to enter the Kingdom Age and it’s a great time for us kings to assume our roles.

Liberation revelation is coming… it’s here.  We’re embracing and learning.  More, Lord!!!!

— MLH

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One Response to “Intercession: From faithless beggar petitions to confident kingly prophetic declarations”

  1. Catherine March 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM #

    You said, “The devil would love to keep us in a powerless state until death, which would in effect make death our savior.” Wow. The incredible thing is that we have already died with Christ and so we’ve already been saved from our sins. Then you said, “Liberation revelation is coming… it’s here.” Wow again. The amazing thing is that liberation has been here the whole time. It’s written in black in white in scripture. But as you said, it can only come by revelation and be apprehended in our experience through faith. May we have eyes to see, ears to hear, and faith to walk out this glorious adventure in Christ.

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