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Prayer – Celebrating the Goodness of our Father

29 Sep

15 minutes video – click here

While in Jerusalem in Sept 2018, we visited the Jerusalem Prayer Tower located on the top floor of the Clal Building in Central Jerusalem.  The panoramic view from this vantage is a great inspiration to pray for the people of Jerusalem, Israel and the world.

It was also a fun reunion to catch up with our long time friends, Arthur Lindholm and Rose DeWeber.

While visiting one of the prayer sessions, I took the liberty to celebrate the Goodness of our Father God.  He’s so much better than we ever expected!!!

— MLH

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/zFUoniw-Z_g

Proclamation prayer… it’s what Kingdom saints do

6 Nov

By now, you know that this is a big topic for me.  And yes, I know this isn’t a single-sided subject… but for so long it’s been a lopsided subject… and on the wrong side, in my opinion.  So I will spend almost no time in validating the posture of petition or supplication prayers… even though they have a vital and powerful place in the lives of the believer… and even the sinner.  (It’s probably the only prayer posture for the pre-Christian, since they haven’t enjoyed sonship favor with the Father, yet.)  In actual fact, petition prayer has been our almost singular prayer posture for all of human history.  We’ve had such a low estimation and view of ourselves that we haven’t allowed ourselves to explore more kingly forms of prayer.

Now if we’re a “kingdom of priests and kings”… if we’re a “royal priesthood and holy nation”… and if “all authority has been given into our hands”, then shouldn’t we dispense with the begging and petition, especially since His Word tells us what He wants us to do.  Think: If we’re an ambassador or emissary, we have been given an assignment, parameters and authority to make decisions, proclaim edicts, and adjudicate for our king.  If we don’t understand and use our authority, we’ll probably be brought back home to ‘sit under his table’ for a while until we become more clear in our relationship with the king and the role as a ‘sent one’.

I may be ‘pushing’ this point a little harder than I should, but we are SO steeped in a beggar and ‘distance’ (from God) mentality… and we’re SOooo far from ‘owning’ and living in a royal/kingly mentality… that we need a strong push to get our minds readjusted… and thus, our realities transformed.

“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds.” – Rms 12:2

So, in looking at the Bible we find that there are many scriptures in the New Testament… even post-cross, that have the petition aspect to prayer, such as:

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” – Col 1:9

Asking is still a legitimate form of praying in my ‘world’, especially if I don’t know the mind of God.  If I don’t know the mind of God, then I must ask Him what His will is.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – Jms 1:5

Jesus proved this in the Garden when He asked the Father.

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will.” – Matt 26:39

There are quite a few instances where Jesus prayed ‘asking’ type prayers.  Sometimes it’s obvious He was imploring for the Father’s mind and will.  But then there are times when Jesus prayed, what I call, ‘a people type prayer’.  What a strange revelation to find that Jesus prayed prayers beneath His ability and status.  If we just think about it, His whole life here on earth was beneath His status as the only begotten Speople-type-prayeron of God.  But rarely do we get to hear His inner talk about how He juggled His ‘God-ness’ against the people’s weak and ‘fallen’ spirituality.  Take a look at this stunning insight.

“Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  I knew that You always hear Me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here, so they may believe that You sent Me.”” – John 11:41-42

Look at the last sentence!  He says that He only prayed the first part for the sake of the people.  He knew he had to pray a somewhat familiar religious sounding prayer or they wouldn’t be able to get ‘on-page’ with Him.  In the people’s minds, addressing God as Father certainly stretched them… but thankijesus-type-prayerng God, was a familiar sounding religious prayer.  So now it was safe and easy for them to ‘buy-in’… and Jesus could get on with ‘a Jesus type prayer’:

“After Jesus had said this, He called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”…” – John 11:43

Wow!  Is it possible that Jesus and other NT writers sometimes prayed prayers that were more ‘palatable’ to their audience, even though they were capable of, and it would have been more appropriate, to pray kingly/declarative prayers?  Well, at least on this occasion, Jesus did.  Here is another example where Paul speaks in “human terms” just so that he can convey his insight to the Romans.

“I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations.” – Rms 6:19 ESV

God starts out with what we can relate to and believe… until we can handle His fuller revelations.  Declarative prayers are almost unheard of up to this point in Scripture… but Jesus is employing all methods possible to shift the atmosphere for those around him.

So I am taken with this declarative and imperative form of prayer.  And we find many instances of it in the New Testament.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – I Thess 1:1

And then we find that even in some of the middle-of-the-road word choices like, “may God do such-and-such…” the literal translation makes it more imperative than just a simple ‘humble’ petition.  For example:

“Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you… “ – I Thess 3:11-13; 5:23

At first glance, it seems to sounds like a petition type prayer, but Youngs Literal Translation delivers it more imperatively:

“And our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you,” – (Youngs Literal Trans)

A more ‘confident knowing’ comes through in the literal translation.  Paul is prophesying God’s will into his future.  Here are more examples of clear emphatic declaration type utterances (which I believe are the more appropriate prayers for Kingdom saints).

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” – I Thess 5:28
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” – Phil 4:23

We even have an instance of declarative truth/prayer by an angel:

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”” – Jude 1:9

As we said, Jesus was shifting the spiritual atmosphere between people’s ears – giving them a ‘new mind’.  So let’s look at some of the imperative/declarative prayers of Jesus

Be healed!” – Matt 8:3
Stretch out your hand.” – Matt 12:13
Peace, be still.” – Mk 4:39
Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” – Lk 5:34
“Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” – Lk 7:11-15
“Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” – Lk 8:50
Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” – Lk 10:52
Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” – Lk 18:42
Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” – Lk 17:14-19
Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.” – John 5:7
Lazarus, come forth” – John 11:43

We don’t hear a wimpy, “If it be Thy will, O Lord” type prayer here.  Jesus was confident and assertive with His prayers.  And He teaches us to do the same thing.

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed….” – Mk 11:23

Praying for the sick is certainly scriptural (James 5: 14-15), especially for those in the church, but why don’t the Gospels and Acts give us precedent for petition prayers for healing?  What does this tell us?  I think that Jesus thinks we have more authority than we think we do.  This is made clear when He confers upon the 72, “all authority over the enemy”.

“I give to you the authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and on all the power of the enemy, and nothing by any means shall hurt you;” – Lk 10:19

Then Jesus commands us to carry an authoritative posture as we “go”:

“And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” – Lk 9:1-2

“As you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons.  Freely you have received, freely give – Matt 10:7-8

The assumed subject in each of these commands is “You”(You) heal, (You) cleanse, (You) raise, (You) cast out….   He freely gave us this authority, now we are to freely administer it.

“(You) Heal the sick who are there and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you'” – Lk 10:9

In these instances we don’t hear Jesus say, “Petition Heaven until Father has a favorable mindset to heal.”  Rather, Jesus sees us as being duly deputized to carry and freely disseminate the Kingdom everywhere we go.

The disciples ‘got it’ and were ecstatic to find that what Jesus said, was really true.  They could hardly believe it!

“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.”  So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” – Lk 10:17-18

I believe that the “falling of Satan” was mostly ‘between the ears’ of the 72.  They were “renewed in the spirit of their minds” (Eph 4:23).  They’re unbelief was demolished and their faith was established.  God’s word and His intentions were now rightfully enthroned upon their minds.  Satan’s throne of rulership in their minds had crumbled.  The 72 had dared to believe Jesus and found His words to be true.

Further, most people erroneously believe that Jesus wants us to assume the Luke 18:1-6 widowly posture of desperate imploring.  But Jesus contrasts that faithless posture with verse 8, “Will I find faith when I return?”  He hopes we see ourselves for who we really are.

The disciples got it.  And it didn’t stop with the Gospels… Peter is still practicing this kingly prayer/declaration posture in the Early Church.

“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” – Acts 3:6
“Tabitha, arise.” – Acts 9:40

Now, let’s take a look at Isa 61 for a moment.  Everyone, including Jesus, believes that this passage refers to His coming to earth and administering each of these powerful proclamations in His life and ministry here on earth.

“Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.  He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” – Lk 4:16-30

Of course, these powerful proclamations seem fitting for the Son of God.  It’s easy to believe that the Son of God can do these things.  Let’s list some of them:

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to:

1.    proclaim good news to the poor
2.   bind up the brokenhearted,
3.   proclaim freedom for the captives
4.   release from darkness for the prisoners,
5.    proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
6.    comfort all who mourn,
7.    provide for those who grieve in Zion—
8.   bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
9.    the oil of joy instead of mourning,
10.  a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” – Isa 61:1-3

Wow, that is power-packed!!  Did you notice that we don’t read of the necessity of preliminary petitioning of Father God to see if this is the right thing to do?  So that’s exactly what Jesus did… release the Kingdom of God everywhere He went.  The spoken Word of God is the permission and empowerment to fulfill each proclamation.  That’s what rhema does… “empowerment accompanies revelation”.  But it doesn’t stop there, Jesus said,

“Greater works than these shall you do” – John 14:12

And John said that we qualify to do the Jesus-stuff,

“…as He is, so also are we in this world.” – I John 4:17

And that’s just the start of substantiating the next level of this stunning reality.  Through Jesus, this powerful authority and influence now applies to us.  Now, all these powerful proclamations are ours to embrace and activate in!!!

As I said earlier, never once is there an instruction to petition the Father to see if HE would do this ‘heavy-lifting’ for us.  No!  He admonishes US to believe that this is the normal daily fare of Kingdom saints.

I believe that discovering the richness of what it means to truly be a son (versus a “wretch like me”) and discovering the magnitude of Father’s awesome intention “toward us who believe” (Eph 1:19), will affect a radical change in our inner reality and self-talk… and will necessitate a dramatic change in our conversation and prayer posture.  We will begin to think, speak, pray and prophesy more like this:

From the finished work of the Cross
From Heaven into earthly situations versus from earth supplicating Heaven
From victory versus for victory

If we are to enter a more Kingdom minded era equipped for the times, I believe these golden revelations will be required in order to empower us to fulfill Kingdom realities (Dan 7:27; Rms 5:17; etc).  Instead of a consciousness of our sin dominating our personal ‘universe’, we will be more conscious of our righteousness (II Cor 5:21; Rms 5:1) and live by it, be set free by it and be empowered by it!

In closing, here’s a follow up on Isa 61.  This is what happens to those who embrace and practice these Isa 61 proclamations:

3 They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations
5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
10 I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Man-O-man!!!  That truly sounds like Good News!  So if this is available for me, then I set myself to do violence (Matt 11:12) against unbelief and lesser mindsets until I “apprehend that for which I was apprehended” (Phil 3:12)… and possess the Kingdom of God as fully mine… and give it away.

All in favor say, “Aye”!

— MLH

 

Reigning declarative prayer… What’s the big deal?

11 May

“Isn’t that declarative prayer stuff just a fad?  Maybe it’s just a trendy passing fancy?” 

I believe that declarative prayer has more important ramifications than we can realize right now.  And it is not trendy, but it most certainly will become the trend… even the norm.

Big picture…

Here’s the ‘big picture’.  We, the body of Christ, are leaving an old age behind and are entering a new one.  Each age has it’s unique modus operandi.  Simply put, in the passing age we were trying to get to heaven someday after we die… but in the age coming upon us, we’re already in heaven now and we reign from heaven over earthly conditions.

In order to enter the coming age we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds… which will include our mindsets, prayer and worship patterns and the overall way we view life.

In reality, many of our prayers in the passing age have reflected an Old Testament paradigm.  In the OT God was afar off.  We didn’t know Him as Father… certainly not as loving Father.  We were fearful of God (not the Biblical Godly fear of the Lord).  We chose to stay at a distance because of our fear.  We didn’t see ourselves as having favor, clout or authority with God.  In our communications with God we related best with plaintiffs, beggars, orphans and widows… and referenced ourselves as such in our preaching and prayer. 

In the age we’re currently entering we must discard the OT mental perceptions that plagued our minds.  Those OT mindsets will short circuit what God wants to do with us NT saints, because literally, our words create our reality (Prov 18:21; Matt 9:29).

Actually the NT realities have been true since Jesus’ day, but now there is an increasing grace to more deeply righteous-to-reignunderstand and experience what’s been made available.  If we can see it and embrace it, that grace will transport us into the Kingdom Age… the Age where we ‘come of age’ in our minds, hearts, and experience. 

So what are some NT mindsets that we must embrace?

1. We are as He in this world – I Jn 4:11  (this is for real, OMG!!!)
2. If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father – Jn 14:9  (Jesus invites us to believe the same about us… if they see you they see the Father)
3. That you would be filled with all the fullness of God  Eph 1  (Staggering!!!)
4. It’s the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom – Lk 12:32  (My value to Him is so great that He gives me everything)

5. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – Jn 17:22  (Jesus’ glory is our glory… we have one-ness with God!!)
6. Be perfect even as your heavenly Father is perfect – Matt 5:48  (a wonderful declaration of Father’s empowerment to us)
7. If any man speak let him speak as the oracle of God. – I Pet 4:11  (Yes! Speak as the voice/heart of God!)
8. Till Christ be formed in you – Gal 4:19 (Paul can see it, so it is possible!)
9. On that day the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them. – Zech 12:8  (Stunning! Look at God’s plans for us)
10. I in them and you in me-so that they may be brought to complete unity (with us–author). – Jn 17:23  (Remember – Jesus always gets the answers to His prayers)
11. He that’s dead is freed from sin and made alive to Him – Rms 6:7, 11  (Not just dry theology… a revolutionary reality)

12. And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority – Col 2:10  (Yes!  We are complete in Him!!)

And that’s just for starters!  But you see, none of this is new.  It has always been in our Bible… we just largely didn’t believe that we could experience it in our lifetimes. 

From these passages we see that re-presenting Jesus on the earth is not only admonished, but promised to the saints of God.  Now, if we’re honest we don’t look a whole lot like Jesus right now.  We wrestle with condemnation of ourselves, bickering between each other, unbelief, orphan-hood spirit, beggar and widow mentalities, insecurity in the love of God, and we’re confused about our own identity.  And in reality, all these mindsets propagate their continued existence through our faulty words, self-talk, conversation… and even in our prayer vocabulary.

But, all of that is changing.  As we place ourselves in an environment of believing believers, something is beginning to awaken in the souls of all true sons.  Father is speaking truths over us that are shattering the aforementioned bondages.  These fresh truths resound through our soul as our spirit bears witness with His Spirit that it is our Father’s voice calling forth our true identity.  You see…

Man can’t live by bread alone but by every word from the mouth of God. – Matt 4:4

This Voice calls forth life which has been dormant… or has been buried beneath compromising mindsets of men and religious traditions.

Coming of age…

Jewish culture celebrates Bar Mitzvah when a 13 year old boy can begin to practice religious law.  But another celebration – the completed son – was observed at about 30 years old.  The famous 12th century Rabbi Rashbam explains that at age 30, one is “worthy of leadership.”  In other words, the son has matured to the level that whatever the son speaks is exactly what the father would say.  This is what Father God did for Jesus twice.  Once at Jesus’ baptism and then again on the Mt of Transfiguration.  Father was telling the world that whatever Jesus says, is what He(the Father) has said (Jn 12:50). 

                This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased. – Matt 3:17 (baptism)
                This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased, hear ye him. – Lk 9:35 (Mt of Transfiguration)

Did you notice the extra endorsement on the mount?  You see Jesus had completed his sonship training… now Father endorsed Jesus as ready to be the re-presentation of Himself. s-l300

Training for reigning…

I believe that we, the church, have been in a training-for-reigning-sonship-program.  We’re being trained to be mature sons.  (Eph 4:12-15; Gal 4:19, Rms 8:14, etc)  

My current view is that we have just begun to enter the ‘millenial’ age… the Kingdom Age.  I espouse almost no specific tenets about this age, except that you and I are invited… and are being empowered… to reign (Rms 5:17) and re-present Father as mature sons on the earth.

There is a growing belief that Jesus’ body is growing up in all things… even “unto the Head”, which is Christ Jesus (Eph 4:15).  When His Headship can flow freely through His body, then we will see a one-ness of Jesus and His body to the point that you won’t be able to tell the difference.  We will have grown up “unto the Head”.  The Head and the body become one.  We’re able to re-present Jesus because we are in Him and He is in us (Jn 17:23).  That means that whatever we say and do is what the Father has said and is doing.  The functional outworking is that there is no difference between us and Jesus.  Our one-ness with Jesus will qualify us to speak as the oracles of God” (I Pet 4:11).

If any of this is true, then we must shed the ‘by rote’ default religious thinking and prayer colloquialisms that dominate our prayer times and compromise our Kingdom age reality.  We must adopt vocabulary that reflects the age we’re entering.  I’m sure you agree with me; I don’t intend to be one who escaped out of ‘Egypt’, but couldn’t get ‘Egypt’ out of me… thus was prevented from ‘crossing Jordan’… and entering the next age.

But don’t worry, Father is a good Papa.  If we’re willing, He is so very patient… even when we find it difficult to make the changes.  In our transition, the body of Christ will still pray many asking prayers that reflect the poor-perspective-remnants of the passing age… beggar, default and ‘by rote’, but Father will help us. 

The first step to making the journey is 1) realizing the significance of the transition ahead of us.  The second step is to 2) desire to go on that journey.  The third step is to 3) get into an environment that will encourage and equip us for the journey.

And that is the big deal!  Bon voyage, friends!!

–MLH

For more related articles posted on my blog: Beyond the Map

Time For an Upgrade: Authoritative Prayer
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)

 

 

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)

Quote: Prayers That Proclaim

18 Apr

But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” – Lk 13:12

When you have a need, do you pray or do you plead?  Do you begin your prayers with words like, “Please God, please! God, I beg You to have mercy!”

Prayers that plead and beg imply that your heavenly Father is not willing to do it.  Yet, He is far more gracious and willing to give to you than you are willing to ask, think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)  He desires above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)

In fact, long before you have a need, God has already met that need.  Long before you knew you needed a Savior, He sent His Son to be your Savior.  This is your God! He is a good God.  So when you beg Him for something, you are actually saying that He is reluctant to give and needs to be persuaded strongly before He will move.  Yet, He is not like that.

Jesus knew the heart of the Father.  When He saw the woman bound with a spirit of infirmity, He did not pray, “Oh Father!  She has been suffering for 18 long years!  I beseech You, Father, have mercy on her. Please, please heal her!”  No, when Jesus saw her, He immediately proclaimed, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity,” because He knew the heart of the Father.  He knew that the Father wanted her delivered from her crippling condition.

At the end of a church service, I don’t stand and pray, “Oh God, please bless Your people.  Oh God, do keep them.  Oh God, be ever so gracious to them!”  Instead, I proclaim, “The Lord bless you.  The Lord keep you.  The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you!”

Beloved, when you pray, proclaim your healing, protection and provision because your Father’s heart overflows with love for you.  And when you declare it, He sanctions it.  When you declare it, He establishes it!

 

From Joseph Prince Daily Grace Inspirations – 4/17/2014

Our New Prayer Posture: Declare / Prophesy

29 Jan

Question: Why is it appropriate to declare / prophesy as my new prayer posture?

There are many possible heart postures in prayer.  Begging, plaintiff, supplication, intercession, declaration, prophesying, devotion, warfare/battle, etc.  Although I don’t think begging and plaintiff are ever a good posture with God, all the rest can be a valid posture to take when engaging Heaven and/or earth in prayer. (See: Three Eras of Prayer Posture)

Now-a-days, I am more convinced than ever that we are not to pray from earth toward Heaven… as in a begging/plaintiff stance.  But rather we are to pray from our position of sitting with Jesus on the Throne.  “We are seated with Christ in heavenly places” (Eph 2:6).  This is our new residence.  Anything other than that is below what Jesus accomplished for us when He ascended on high. (Rms 6:4; Col 2:12)  If we were buried with Christ then we were also raised with Christ… we are seated with Him now… where He is seated at the right hand of the Father.  So this must become our new residence and center of our world… living from the Throne. (See: Where Do Christians Go When They Die? (Can we live in Heaven now?))

We’re not talking about grasping for or presuming more than God intends… rather we’re determined to not let our old sin ravaged mindset (See: Grace For the Sin Issue… and So Much More) terrorize us and keep us tethered to earthly places when we’ve been afforded the palatial environs of Heaven as our new home to live in NOW.

Before we knew the riches of what Jesus accomplished for us and gave to us, we thought we were just plaintiffs and beggars, hoping for a few morsels of provision to get us by till Friday.  This is misery Christianity… and so unnecessary.  It’s a mindset and resulting experience that is quite demeaning, even disrespectful, to the rich inheritance that Jesus offers us.  But thanks to Grace, we’re transitioning from worthless beggar sin-conscious posture to one of a confident and beloved son seated beside our Daddy and Jesus.  In fact, we’re on our way to learning how to be ‘kings’ unto our God… learning to rule and reign with Him.

No, we’re not trying to say that we replace God… or don’t need God… or are equal to God… but we are trying to effectively “put off” our extinct inferior identity (Eph 4:22; Col 3:9) and “put on Christ”. (Rms 13:14; Gal 3:27).

This “putting on” will likely take some time as our minds need to be renewed to see ourselves as God sees us.  You see, we usually practice whatever we believe… and we believe whatever we’ve heard because “faith comes by hearing”.  Unfortunately we’ve heard wrong for far too long.  But that’s all changing now.

Jesus said, “As you go preach that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt 10:7).  I believe that the Kingdom came during Jesus’ time on earth.  It was fully available then… and always has been, since then.  But we’ve not had very good teaching about what the Kingdom of God is and what it affords to us.  Mostly we thought that the Kingdom of God would be enjoyed AFTER we die (when our ‘ticker’ stops).  But that’s only part of the story!  The Kingdom of God is also available NOW!

Well, we’re retraining/renewing/upgrading our minds by the washing of the Word so that we might conform into the image of His dear Son.  This might sound lofty and elitist to you, but it is right there in the Holy Writ.  And no! It isn’t accomplished by grunting harder… indeed it is unattainable in our own strength… or by taking thought… or by grasping for it.  It is entered by “entering into rest”.

Now back to prayer posture: I’m very sure that Jesus never begged His Father for anything as if He was wondering if Father would ever ‘come through’ for Him.  Yes, Jesus did fervently supplicate in the Garden… but mostly His prayers were in the posture of thanks and commands.  Thanking the Father and commanding the issues.  In fact, look at the occasion at Lazarus tomb.  Jesus begins the prayer thanking the Father that the Father hears Him (and He interestingly interjects that He didn’t really need to pray this way.  He’s only praying this way because of the people).  Then Jesus loudly cries out, “Lazarus, come out!” (notice the command).  This I believe becomes the essence of our new model in prayer… give thanks, then declare and prophesy.

Thus, I believe that if we’re going to walk commensurate with our true identity and position in Christ we must begin to put off the begging and pre-programmed, mindless, no-need-to-grow-up, asking posture… we must learn how to confidently rule with Jesus from our Heavenly residence toward our earthly situations.  In answer to the original question: this is why I use the words declare and prophesy to describe our new prayer posture.

Personal testimony:  Since about 2010 I have very rarely asked Heaven for anything.  I’ve instructed my mind to notify me if I mindlessly assume the rote posture of asking.  You see, most everything that I would ask for has already been accomplished in Heaven and I’ve been duly informed that it is Heaven’s good pleasure to give it to me.  So for me to turn to my left and look into Daddy’s face (remember: I’m seated with Jesus in Heavenly places at the Father’s right hand) and start to beg for something that He has clearly communicated is already mine, is fairly inappropriate.  As my mind is being renewed with my new position and favor, asking is becoming a thing of the past… it’s only acceptable if I don’t know Father’s mind and heart on the matter.  Begging is obsolete.  So, no more begging for me!!  I really believe I can see Jesus smile at me when He watches me begin to think, speak, act and walk worthy of my true identity and position.  And where does it go from here…. O that’s a topic for another day!

So, learn to prophesy what you know to be true, my friends… it’s the M.O. of our future.

For further clarification on my positions on this subject see my posts entitled:

(Intercession: From faithless beggar petitions to confident kingly prophetic declarations)
(Grace Unto Co-Reigning!)

–MLH

Prayer Audio: Power Of Your Word

30 Aug

Many revelations occur in the time of earnest prayer.  It seems like Holy Spirit hears us reaching with all our hearts and so He opens a new door of understanding… Thank you, Holy Spirit.  Enjoy this more conversational, prophetic and free praying style.

In this prayer I’m celebrating the delight and impact of hearing God’s voice… knowing that it comes from an incomprehensibly loving heart and carries the power to ‘make it happen’.  We might as well go ahead and get happy right now.  About 9 mins.

— MLH

Quote: Pray Perfect Prayers in the Spirit

7 Aug

“Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” – Roms 8:27

Wouldn’t you like to pray effective prayers that are always in line with the will of God and which always hit the mark?  Well, when you pray in the Spirit, you can.

You see, when we pray in English or our known language, and according to our limited understanding, we can pray amiss.  Sometimes, our heads get in the way and we find ourselves asking, “Isn’t it selfish of me to pray like this?” or “Am I praying in line with God’s will?”

My friend, that is why God gives us the gift of praying in tongues.  When we pray in tongues or in the Holy Spirit, we can never pray out of God’s will because the Holy Spirit “makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God”.

In other words, we pray perfect prayers in line with God’s will when we pray in tongues.  And the Bible goes on to tell us that “if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him”. (1 John 5:14–15)

Isn’t it wonderful that God has put in you the Holy Spirit who prays perfectly?  He knows the heart of God and precisely what you need.  And He makes intercession for you because He loves you very much.

The Holy Spirit is like your lawyer or legal counselor.  He knows what belongs to you legally.  He knows what your blood-bought rights are in Christ.  Best of all, He knows exactly how to enforce them in your life!

Beloved, when you pray in tongues, you allow the Holy Spirit to pray perfect prayers through you.  He pleads your case before God.  He knows where you have gone wrong and what the root of the problem is.  He also has the wisdom, solution and power to win your case.  With the Holy Spirit on your side, you cannot but come out victorious!

From Joseph Prince – Daily Grace Inspirations  (8/6/13)


The Spirit’s Rest And Refreshing

“For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, to whom He said, “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing”…” — Isa 28:11-12

To counter stress, many people resort to tobacco, alcohol or tranquilizers. These things, besides having harmful side effects, are costly and often lead to addictions.

God has something better for us. It is powerful, costs us nothing and has no harmful side effects. He calls it “the rest” and “the refreshing”. What is He referring to? Speaking in tongues—“For with stammering lips and another tongue…”

My friend, this is the rest and the refreshing which God has promised us. So start praying in tongues regularly, and let His rest and peace saturate your entire being!

From Joseph Prince – Daily Grace Inspirations  (8/25/13)


Pray Up Your Immune System!

“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself…”  I Cor 14:4

Many Charismatics believe that when you speak in tongues, you edify or build up your spirit man.  Well, that is only one-third true.  The Bible does not say that the speaker edifies his spirit. No, it says that the speaker “edifies himself”.  This means his entire self—spirit, soul and body.  So he who speaks in tongues builds up his spirit, soul and body.

Does this include building up your immune system?  Yes, it does!  Brain specialists at Oral Roberts University’s hospital found out through research and testing that when a person prays in tongues, his brain releases two chemicals that are directed to his immune system, giving it a 35 to 40 per cent boost.  Interestingly, these secretions are triggered by a part of our brain that has no other apparent activity and which is activated only when we pray in tongues.

Now, your immune system is your first line of defense against diseases.  During the SARS outbreak in Singapore in 2003, not everyone who had the disease died.  Only those whose immune systems were weak succumbed to the disease and died.  Therefore, many people resorted to vitamins and herbs to boost their immune systems.

A 74-year-old church member decided to build up his immune system against more heart problems.  Two of his arteries were 70 per cent blocked and five smaller vessels were 80 per cent blocked.  So during a church service, when I asked those who wanted to be healed of heart problems to stand up, he stood up, placed his hand over his heart and prayed in tongues.

He shared that at that moment, he believed that the Holy Spirit touched him and he became a different person.  When he went for his medical check-up, his surgeon found that all the blockages in his blood vessels were gone!  Even a scheduled heart-related operation was cancelled as there was no longer any necessity for it.  Indeed, he was a different person. He literally had a change of heart, a new heart from God!

Beloved, you may not have a heart condition, but you can still pray in tongues and pray up your immune system!

From Joseph Prince – Daily Grace Inspirations  (12/13/13)

Pray Perfect In The Spirit

Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. – Romans 8:27

Wouldn’t you like to pray effective prayers that are always in line with the will of God and which always hit the mark?  Well, when you pray in the Spirit, you can.

You see, when we pray in English or our known language, and according to our limited understanding, we can pray amiss. Sometimes, our heads get in the way and we find ourselves asking, “Isn’t it selfish of me to pray like this?” or “Am I praying in line with God’s will?

My friend, that is why God gives us the gift of praying in tongues.  When we pray in tongues or in the Holy Spirit, we can never pray out of God’s will because the Holy Spirit “makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God”.

In other words, we pray perfect prayers in line with God’s will when we pray in tongues.  And the Bible goes on to tell us that “if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him”. (1 John 5:14–15)

Isn’t it wonderful that God has put in you the Holy Spirit who prays perfectly?  He knows the heart of God and precisely what you need.  And He makes intercession for you because He loves you very much.

The Holy Spirit is like your lawyer or legal counselor.  He knows what belongs to you legally.  He knows what your blood-bought rights are in Christ.  Best of all, He knows exactly how to enforce them in your life!

Beloved, when you pray in tongues, you allow the Holy Spirit to pray perfect prayers through you.  He pleads your case before God.  He knows where you have gone wrong and what the root of the problem is. He also has the wisdom, solution and power to win your case. With the Holy Spirit on your side, you cannot but come out victorious.

From Joseph Prince – Daily Grace Inspirations  (8/7/14)

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The Three Eras of Prayer

5 May

In John 16:23-28 we find that Jesus describes three eras of prayer… all in the same context.  Each one of these eras requires a distinctly different posture based upon our spiritual position with our Father.  Recognizing these three eras gives us yet another confirmation of the Kingdom era dawning upon us.  With new ‘lens’, we find that Scripture is full of these insights about our unique transition into this new era.  Let’s take a look at where we have been and where we are transitioning to by reading this passage from the NIV: (I’ve highlighted the portions to focus on)

22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. 25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.

26 In that day you will ask in my name.  I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

Defining the three eras and the different prayer postures

 1. Prayer without Jesus (before Jesus)

a. Under the law, we were always a failure, deserving of judgment.
b. Our limited understanding of God caused our hearts to be afraid of Him.
c. Pre-Jesus we had no “Advocate”.

2. Prayer through Jesus (from Jesus till present day)

a. As ‘sinners-barely-saved-by-grace’ we knew we were undeserving and hugely sin-prone
b. Our only hope was to stay close to Jesus who was our ‘ticket’ into Heaven.
c. Jesus was our “Advocate” and we could pray to the Father through Him.
d. We knew that Jesus would intercede for us and protect us from Father God who we misperceived as a fearsome God.
e. Even with Jesus, we were still beggars and plaintiffs hoping to ‘get by’.

3. Prayer directly to Father (in Kingdom era… when Jesus “sees us again”)

a. Now, through the revelation of Grace, we’re becoming confident in Father’s love and favor.
b. We realize that He has elevated us to being seated with Jesus.
c. We realize that we are co-heirs, co-inheritors and co-rulers with Jesus.
d. Humbly, but with great confidence, we go straight to the Father, just like our elder brother, Jesus.

Let’s read the same passage in the Amplified Version now:

22 So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed); but I will see you again and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight).  23 And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am].  

24 Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I Am]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.  25 I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve).

26 At that time you will ask (pray) in My Name; and I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf [for it will be unnecessary].  27 For the Father, Himself [tenderly] loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father.  28 I came out from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.

And just for fun, let’s try the MEV (Mark’s Expanded Version)

Vs 22-23 – When I appear to you again, you will become so permanently happy that you will forget any sadness and grief… you will forget your ache of longing for the ‘more’ that you knew was available. When I appear to you in my glory, you will also appear with me in that same glory (Col 3:4) and never again will you feel the need to ask me anything, for your heart will have unspeakable joy and unshakable confidence in the favor of my Father who will delight to answer you every time you pray in my name.  Of course, you will never question that it was my love for you and my work on the cross that afforded you this exalted place of favor… that will always be the foundation for your beloved position with Father.  But in that time, you will no longer even think of coming through me to the Father, for you will see yourself as also having all of my position of favor with Father… you will approach Him even as I approach Him.

Vs 24-25 – Up to now (33 AD) you were under the Law and you didn’t have me as your Advocate to present you and your petitions to the Father.  But at this time (33 AD and beyond) I say, please ask of me that your joy may be made full… that the heaviness of the Law would be superseded by the delight of having access through me to the Father.  Right now, I am using veiled language because you don’t have sufficient ability to handle the full understanding and favor that will be revealed to you someday.  But I am eager for the day when I will speak to you plainly, unveiled and face to face.  Then I will tell you every detail of my Father’s thoughts, perspectives and affections for you.

Vs 26-28 – In the day when I see you again, you will come to the Father with exactly the same confidence as I come to the Father. In fact, as you realize that I am in you (Christ in you, the hope of glory – Col 1:27) you will come even AS ME to the Father.  With this higher revelation of who you are in my Father’s eyes, I will not even attempt to be your ‘go-between’, for you will need no ‘go-between’.  In that day you will be shocked to understand who you really are and how incredibly good your favored position is with my Father.  You will realize how much He loves you… all because you believed me and have learned to love me as your closest friend and brother.  I came from our wonderful Father and have walked among you now for 33 years, but for this next interim (the Church age) you will ask the Father through me that your joy may be made full.   I leave you now and go back to my Father.

The message of Grace and it’s inherent impact on us elevates us from beggarly plaintiffs to confident sons and kings.  Here we understand and have experiential reality in the rich favor of our Father.  Obviously, we do nothing apart from Him, but our secure position in His love launches us into unimaginable experience and exploits of rulership with Jesus over the kingdoms of this earth and beyond.  And lest we think this is too grandiose and lofty, consider this:

Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the saints of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him. This is the end of the matter. – Dan 7:27-28

Obviously, we have much to learn about our amazing favored status with Father God.  Yes, pride is a possibility on this journey into God’s favor, but even more of a possibility is false humility (which is just another form of pride).  You see if we don’t allow God’s Word to wash and free us from our sin consciousness, we will always be tethered to beggar type praying.

So I offer this ‘homework’:  For one week, try praying only confident, kingly prayers of declaration and proclamation of God’s will and heart into your life situations.  First, ask Father what His heart is on the matter, then begin to prophesy and release His life into the matter… like kings do.20170317_120621394

(Just for fun, here’s one of my ‘napkin notes’ made over coffee.)

To view me sharing this topic, click here.

— MLH

Quote: Prayers That Proclaim

24 Apr

But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” – Luke 13:12

When you have a need, do you pray or do you plead? Do you begin your prayers with words like, “Please God, please! God, I beg You to have mercy!”

Prayers that plead and beg imply that your heavenly Father is not willing to do it. Yet, He is far more gracious and willing to give to you than you are willing to ask, think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) He desires above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)

In fact, long before you have a need, God has already met that need. Long before you knew you needed a Savior, He sent His Son to be your Savior. This is your God! He is a good God. So when you beg Him for something, you are actually saying that He is reluctant to give and needs to be persuaded strongly before He will move. Yet, He is not like that.

Jesus knew the heart of the Father. When He saw the woman bound with a spirit of infirmity, He did not pray, “Oh Father! She has been suffering for 18 long years! I beseech You, Father, have mercy on her. Please, please heal her!” No, when Jesus saw her, He immediately proclaimed, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity,” because He knew the heart of the Father. He knew that the Father wanted her delivered from her crippling condition.

At the end of a church service, I don’t stand and pray, “Oh God, please bless Your people. Oh God, do keep them. Oh God, be ever so gracious to them!” Instead, I proclaim, “The Lord bless you. The Lord keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you!”

Beloved, when you pray, proclaim your healing, protection and provision because your Father’s heart overflows with love for you. And when you declare it, He sanctions it. When you declare it, He establishes it! 

From Joseph Prince – Daily Grace Inspirations  (4/18/13)

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Links to related postings on Mark’s blog:

Intercession: From faithless beggar petitions to confident kingly prophetic declarations
The Believer’s Dual Realities – (No More Pickle Juice)
Where Do Christians Go When They Die? (Can we live in Heaven now?)
Grace Unto Co-Reigning!