Time for an Upgrade: Authoritative Prayer

1 May

Isn’t it grasping, to presume to speak on behalf of God?  Isn’t it above our status and pay-grade to think we have the authority of Christ?  When we exercise in such ‘high places’, aren’t we ignoring the more tangible disqualifying evidences of our ‘sinfulness’ in my life?  Trying to depart from all my learned traditions and dogmas feels so awkward!  Isn’t that a sign that something is wrong?  Won’t someone point an accusing finger at me and assign me with heresy?  Now I have to find the mind of Christ before I declare… it was so much easier when all I had to do was ask.  Isn’t this co-ruler-ship status reserved for when we have glorified bodies?

All are legitimate questions and comments.  But remember there is no shame in being like the noble Bereans who went back to the Word to see “whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).  We must determine if our questions and fears are justified… or are they just the last vestiges of a passing age?

Without a doubt, we are in a birthing process which includes discomfort and trauma… in the transition between the ages.  Even Paul ached for his children as they experienced the rigors of birth, “…my little children, for whom I am again iPP_1080pn the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” (Gal 4:19)  Paul’s had a revelation and was laboring to see the fullness of Christ formed and perfected (Heb 10:14) in us.  That’s right, until we are in one-ness with Christ… even until “we are as He is in this world” (I Jn 4:17).

So among all the Christ-like-ness issues we could focus on, what does God think about our prayer posture?  What is the Modus Operandi of New Testament/Kingdom Age prayer?  Well, let’s evaluate and define two starkly different prayer patterns.

A.   Beggar, orphan and widow prayer – we only ask and petition… no need for faith… we ask out of our pain or need.

A misinterpretation of Lk 18:1-8 helped entrench our widowly asking, which has been the only acceptable posture for millennia.  We felt so distant from God… and so ‘beneath’ Him.  There was no authority position to be had.  God was the Authority… I was NOT!  No one even dared speak to Father… much less on behalf of Father (which is what caused Jesus so much trouble).  And since we were so sin conscious we could barely muster the courage to even approach Him.  We could only cry out in hope that He would relent and grant mercy-drop concessions to salve our need and pain.  And if we ever mustered the courage to speak with God or on His behalf, there were any number of ‘friends’ who would remind us that we are only unworthy sinful servants who must wait until glory-land for our full-fledged status and privileges of sainthood to be appreciated.  Such was the Old Testament prayer M.O..

B.   Co-heir and co-ruler prayer – we hear then we speak… we have faith to speak because faith comes by hearing (Rms 10:17)

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Eph 2:13) Not only have we been brought ‘near’ but we’re now co-seated with Christ and His intention is that we would comprehend the magnitude of our inheritance that has been lavished upon us… and embrace co-ruler-ship with Him (Dan 7:27).   This dominion ruler-ship was abdicated by Adam, but legally restored by Jesus, and is now being more fully revealed in our day.  We are being “transformed by the RE-newing of our minds” (Rms 12:2)… made new again (as in the beginning)… purged of outdated paradigms.  We’ve been liberated into a ‘large place’ (Ps 18:19).  He is restoring to us all that was lost in the Fall… only now it’s better, we have Holy Spirit who labors with us.

Our posture now, is one of joining Jesus in ruler-ship.  So what kind of prayer is Jesus praying?  It’s something like this: “Be healed!”… “Come forth!”… “Arise!”… “Stretch forth!”… etc.  We could describe these prayers as; declarative, prophetic, release, proclamation, etc.  Then Jesus invites us to adopt the same posture in prayer… which is more in line with our current theology.  As long as we have truly heard, then faith comes by hearing, and faith is the substance that lets us declare a thing as being so.  We follow in the footsteps of God who “calls forth those things which are not as though they were” (Rms 4:17).

Disclaimer: Of course, when it comes to declaring prayer, if we don’t know God’s mind on a matter, then we always ask (Jms 1:5).  We’re not God… like Jesus, we “can do nothing apart from the Father”.Declarative prayer

Consider these Biblical examples of saintly authority, where God instructs or empowers US to ‘do the stuff’.  Note that He does not instruct us to ask Him to do the stuff.  In fact, He chides or corrects Moses and Ezekiel for asking.

1.  Don’t beg, you do it! – Ex 14:15-16 – God said, “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. “As for you, (You) lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and (You) divide it.”  My paraphrase: “Moses, don’t cry to me when I’ve empowered you to do the job!  You lift up your staff and you divide the sea.”

2.   Jesus empowers His 12 – Matt 10:7-8 – “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ “(You) Heal the sick, (you) raise the dead, (you) cleanse the lepers, (you) cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”

Jesus did not say, “If you preach, I will do the stuff for you.”  No.  He clearly says that THEY/WE are supposed to do the stuff.  No begging for God to do it, allowed.

3.   Anointed to ‘do’ – Luke 4:18-19 – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of the sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”   

Of course, Jesus is quoting a fulfilled prophecy of Himself.  But we believe that He has given us permission to do the same things He did and even greater… right?  SOooo… we are to preach the Gospel, we are to declare release to captives, we are to give sight to the blind, we are to set free the oppressed, etc.  Who is supposed to do this?  We are!  Jesus didn’t say if you make loud appeals to me then I will do it for you.  Our theology says, He has empowered US to do all these things and more.

4.   You prophesy! – Ezek 37 – God asks Ezekiel a tough question; whether dry bones can live.  Zeke takes the humble route, “Only You know, Lord.”  God says, “No way, Jose!  You don’t get off with a response like that… that’s so far below your saintly status.  You can’t stay a baby forever!  Partner with me!  You prophesy!” 

We know that Moses and Ezekiel were Old Testament saints… right?  Then how much more should we New Testament saints move into this partnership with God… we have the finished work of the Cross and Holy Spirit!

One could say, “Well, God/Jesus spoke to them directly telling them what to do.”  And that is true… but we’repropheticprayerweb veterans of hearing the voice of the Lord, aren’t we?  So God’s M.O. for us is clear; we hear, we believe and therefore we speak.

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,” – II Cor 4:13

Of course none of this is possible without abiding in the Vine.  The Vine is our identity, life source and empowerment.  But we are abiding and we are hearing and we are believing.  So, in keeping with Scriptural precedent and mandate, we speak forth in declarative prayer what we know to be true.

So in prayer, if we now know the mind of Christ then it would be quite inappropriate to mindlessly default to asking again… and again.  Because of our maturing understanding of Father’s intentions for us, we now assume our rightful places as co-heirs and co-reigners… we prophesy, release, bind, etc… all from our Heavenly position of being co-seated with Christ

“Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. – (Matt 18:18).

Did you catch that?  Any binding and loosing in earthly situations, gets done by us in the heavenly places.  Stunning!  Our incredible place of favor and authority is so big that it almost defies our believe-ability.  But we’re getting there!  And we might as well get used to it.  Guaranteed, focus on this topic will only increase in the future.

So are you ready for some homework: For one week, don’t pray default asking prayers… simply ask God what His will is about your situation, then declare, release and proclaim whatever He tells you.  It’s going to be a great ‘workout’ at the ‘gym’ this week.

What an amazing Father!  He really is preparing us to enter the Kingdom age equipped for the times.

— MLH

For more related articles posted on Beyond the Map:

Luke 18’s Unjust Judge – God or Satan?
Our New Prayer Posture: Declare/Prophesy
The Three Eras of Prayer Posture
Intercession: From faithless beggar petitions to confident kingly prophetic declarations
Dual Realities of the Believer (No More Pickle Juice)

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15 Responses to “Time for an Upgrade: Authoritative Prayer”

  1. Cindy Metzger May 2, 2016 at 4:38 AM #

    Such a good word Mark! Thank you! ❤️
    We are in Norway with Jeremy and family! Having such a wonderful time! Leah is with us too!

    We love you and Debbie!

    • Mark Hendrickson May 2, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

      O man!! I wish I was with you all. I’ll bet you’re having a blast.
      We’re growing up, Cindy. God is so good and so patient to help us on the journey into maturity. We’re leaving ‘baby-dom’ behind and coming into sonship… like Jesus did at His baptism. Jesus had learned to only say what His Father said… in response Father says (you are not a baby any more), “This is my beloved Son, in whom I’m well pleased!” Yay!!!
      We love you ALL!!!!

  2. Becky May 2, 2016 at 5:16 AM #

    I LOVE this homework! I’m on it! I can’t wait to see what God is going to do.

    • Mark Hendrickson May 2, 2016 at 10:44 AM #

      Lord, I declare an unusual breakthrough for Becky’s heart, soul and circumstances as she postures her prayers more in keeping with the truth of where she is seated in You!!!

      • Becky May 2, 2016 at 7:29 PM #

        Amen! I receive that.

  3. BW May 2, 2016 at 6:49 AM #

    Thanks for the post Mark! For over an hour I meditated on this and expanded the construct of praying with declaration. I am coming into agreement with what God is saying and who Jesus says I am. I’m embracing the fact that Jesus is interceding before the Father for me and the Spirit is groaning with prayer and intercession within me. -BW Wisconsin

    • Mark Hendrickson May 2, 2016 at 10:42 AM #

      We’re growing up. Not defaulting to our ‘baby’ preoccupation with me, my and mine… and also ‘crying’ out to Father out of our need and pain. We don’t want to stay in the stage of still needing “the sincere milk of the word”. It’s time for “meat” and entering into sonship… maybe even unto fatherhood. Wow! It’s a big world out there… let’s go!!

  4. Terry Rasmussen May 2, 2016 at 8:01 AM #

    the vine is the key…

    • Mark Hendrickson May 2, 2016 at 10:29 AM #

      Yo Yo!!! We ain’t nuthin’ without abiding in the Vine! Blessings to you and yours Terry.

  5. Linda Myers May 2, 2016 at 8:52 AM #

    Love this article! However, the common Christian interpretation of Matt. 18:18 is faulty because it is taken out of context…..and taken out of its Jewish context. This portion of scripture is not about prayer it is about life within the believing community. The terms “bind” and “loose” were common to Jewish legal phraseology meaning to declare something forbidden or to declare something allowed.

    • Mark Hendrickson May 2, 2016 at 10:28 AM #

      Linda. So glad the post blessed you. I’m confident that this topic of shift in prayer posture will only gain more prominence in the future. It has to… because we’re entering a new era of Christianity.

      Regarding Matt 18:18 Please email me more details. Blessings.
      Here’s my email: hendrickson@dpmkc.org

  6. Mel Wild May 3, 2016 at 7:59 AM #

    Good stuff, Mark. The only person in the gospel stories we’re to identify with is Jesus. Not the sick people who He healed, not even the disciples who brought people to Him (pre-Pentecost), but Jesus Himself. John declared in 1 John 4:17 that, “As He is, so are we in this world.” (In THIS world, not just in the next!) If we abide in Christ as He abides in the Father (John 15:10), He gives us whatever we ask (John 15:7). Pretty simple…and powerful!

    • Mark Hendrickson May 3, 2016 at 8:39 AM #

      It has been said, “Jesus is perfect theology.” Whatever He did is our model. Wow, that gives us lots of permission! It’s a big ‘world’ out here.

  7. Theresa Turnbull May 15, 2016 at 2:50 PM #

    God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. So I loose all fear from me and bind love, power, sound mind, joy, peace, trust, FREEDOM in Christ Jesus… to me 🙂 Time to be more than conquerors. Your teaching is a BIG KEY for this to happen. Thank you Mark!

    • Mark Hendrickson May 16, 2016 at 5:10 PM #

      It’s like Jesus has called out of our tombs and back to life… and now our ‘grave clothes’ are being unwrapped. Our RE-newed minds are bringing forth transformation. So good. O, yeh!!!

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