If I have learn anything about proper effective prayer it is the fact that we need to know the Word in order to pray correctly.
Psalms 119:130 ESV The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
The Person of the Holy Spirit speaks the mind of God into our spirit man. We have this outer man, the body, which tries to dictate to us to walk in our flesh and be sense-ruled.
The inward man or the soul needs to be re-educated with the Word of God so that we think, feel, and choose according to the will of God for our lives.
The inner-most man is our spirit-man where the Holy Spirit resides. It is here in the spirit-man that the Word screams within us that we don’t need to be sick or broke or defeated. When walking in the PRAYER OF FAITH we are not to seek out personal opinion about our health, our spiritual walk, or our life of faith.
The prayer of faith is not just speaking a lot of words hoping that God hears and moves on our behalf. The prayer of faith is a "homo-logo" (same word) or praying what the Father is saying. The prayer of faith doesn't start with us. The prayer of faith is echoing what we hear from the Father.
Romans 8:11-13 ESV If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (12) So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. (13) For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
I PRAY THE BLESSING AND PROMISE OF GOD'S HEALING ON YOU: THE PRAYER OF FAITH.
I declare the Word of God that says in Psalms 41:3 LORD, You will uphold us even on our sickbed; You will transform our bed of illness into health.
I declare this over everyone reading this.
Father, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I turn to You in all times, in sickness and in health, in good and in bad. But today I turn to You for help in my physical weakness. I declare Your Word Father that says in Psalm 107:20 that You issued, You released, Your command and have healed us; You have delivered us from our destruction.
Father, You have sent Your healing Word to Your servant by the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the Person of the Holy Spirit and I believe it and I receive it. In the Name of Jesus, I proclaim all infirmity and sickness be driven from my body.
Dear Lord, You are the Just judge, Holy and True. You are the Most High God. It is You gives me life. You hold all power in your hands and I stand upon this truth. You are the Mighty One who carries the world, and is ruler over all the universe and the earth. I declare that it is You, Oh Most Blessed One, who is the giver of life. In You are only good things and I am in You. In You is mercy and love. In You is healing of every sickness. In you is freedom from all pain.
Precious Lord, You love me so much. You were sent from the Father, sent to save me from destruction and present me as a spotless, pure body before the Father as His inheritance. You carry all knowledge and all power over my body, soul and spirit. I may know the symptoms Lord, but You see my inner most and know the root of my need. You Lord are my medicine. Your Words Lord are Truth and Life.
Lord, by faith, I declare that You have turned my weakness into strength, my suffering into compassion, my sorrow into joy, and my pain into comfort for others. As Your servant I place all my trust in your goodness and in your faithfulness. I declare that I have been restored to full health, dear Father, for Your Name's sake and for Your glory. I confess all fear and doubt from this heart and declare it under the authority of Your Word, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, and may You, Lord, be glorified through his life. AMEN
In June I published two books on hearing God's voice.
"Preparing Ourselves to Hear God's Voice" and 15 Ways to Hear the Voice of God".
Hearing God's voice and communicating with Him is not natural, but supernatural, like our new spiritual birth. There are some practical applications I have learn from the Word of God that taught me how to do what the Word said I should be doing, "My sheep hear my voice and follow me."
1. Find a quiet undisturbed place. Our Lord Jesus called it a closet of prayer. That means you are to be alone. "Shut the door" refers to locking out every distraction and interruption! This includes the cell phone. Unless we are a first responder, none of us are so important to be held captive by our phones. Don't take your phones into your prayer time.
2. Kneel in the Lord's presence. Kneeling or laying are worship positions. You need not be uncomfortable but neither should you be lazy in prayer. Read Philippians 2:10-11
3. Focus: Make your mind stop its commotion and noise! Stop listening to the confused voices reminding you of duties, tasks and obligations. Silence them! Make a willful choice that your mind is not a noisy playground, but a sanctuary. Your mind is yours. Make it obey you. See it as an altar built to bring your acceptable sacrifice to the Lord. I'm not speaking about yoga. I am speaking about us practicing the Word of God.
2 Corinthians 10:5 "Bring it into subjection to Christ."
Prov. 25:28 "He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city with out walls."
1 Peter 1:13 "Gird up the loins of your mind."
Take control of your thoughts!
4. Slow down! Relax! Refuse to be rushed in the presence of God. It won't come naturally because we don't like stillness. So work at learning to BE QUIET! Remember that if you cannot control your body, you cannot expect to control your spirit either.
1Th 4:11 KJV And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
1 Corinthians 9:27 ."..I keep my body under, and bring it into subjection..."
5. Refuse to go on to the next step until the body and mind have obeyed you. If they are not subject to your will, neither will the rest of your thoughts in prayer. If you cannot exercise authority over your own body and mind how will you exercise spiritual authority in prayer. If you cannot bring your own body and mind into subjection how will you wrestle with spiritual forces and win?
1 Thessalonians 4:4 ESV that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,
These steps are difficult! That is because it is contradictory to our natural worldly driven lifestyles. Is it any wonder we do not hear the voice of God as we would like to? Though it is difficult, once mastered, this will bring great spiritual, emotional and mental satisfaction. Keep at it. A few minutes may not seem like, much but it seems an eternity when your are quiet and still before the Lord.
Have you ever said things that you wish you hadn't?
Have your words ever hurt someone?
Have you been hurt by words that cut deep into your soul?
First, a few Scriptures about the tongue.
1 Peter 3:10 ESV For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
Colossians 4:6 ESV Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Proverbs 15:28 ESV The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
Matthew 15:11 ESV it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
Proverbs 26:20 ESV For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
Proverbs 18:21 ESV Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Proverbs 15:1-2 ESV A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (2) The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
James 1:19-20 ESV Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; (20) for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
If you have ever been on the cutting side of someone's critical, accusing, or condemning words you know that it hurts emotionally, mentality, and relationally. These words are seeds planted that if left alone to grow could cause a lifetime of pain. If we know how it feels to receive these types of words then we should be careful that we don't become a part of the problem and sow the same destruction which we have had the misfortune to receive.
Therefore, we need to make a daily willful choice to pray about our words. Out of our mouth comes blessings or curses, life or death, and we speak from the abundance of the heart.
PRAYER OF DECISION:
Father, in the name of Jesus, I make the quality decision to take control over my words.
I renounce every bad seed planted by the words of my mouth. I end the process of failure, sickness, lack, and fear. I choose to forgive those who seeded those things in my life and I renounce them now and place them and the power they have had over me under the blood of my Lord Jesus Christ. In the Name of Jesus I refuse to be held captive and be a victim by the words of others. I forgive and declare freedom. I speak the same freedom over those whom I hurt by my words.
Lord, put a watch over my lips. I am determined to speak the Father's covenant promises; Words of love, words of joy, words of faith, words of peace, and words of grace, from this time on.
I will fill my mouth with God's Word throughout the day, and He will have total control of my life.
Amen---So Be It!
Gen 19:27(ESV) And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD.
We all have testimonies of that special place were we met with the Father in a special way. Abraham had that place. In that special place the Lord told Abraham about His plans of destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, His plans for blessings Abraham, and His plans of giving Abraham a son of blessings from Sarah. All of these are described in chapter 18 when Abraham first went to the special place.
It was in that special place that Abraham conferred with God and asked Him a hard question, "Lord, will You destroy the righteous with the wicked?" When we stand before the Lord in the special place and it becomes natural and normal to do so, the way we converse with the Father will change. Compare Abraham's intercession in Genesis 18 with our Lord's prayer time in the Garden in Matt.26:36-44.
In the special place our prayers are deeper in intensity, longing to understand God's plan. We become more aware of not just God's love but God's hatred and judgment upon sin and the cost of it.
In Gen.19:27 when Abraham went back to that special place where He had stood before the Lord, he lifted his eyes and his heart was weighted with sorrow and pain at what he saw. He witnessed the fulfillment of God's Word to him in the judgment of sin upon two cities.
Gen 19:28(ESV) And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.
Some ask me to come in agreement with them without my knowing what they are praying for. Now listen, it is no use asking me to come in agreement for something that might be unscriptural.
The prayers I hear from some believers are either unscriptural or the Bible has already given the answer.
I don’t have to ask God in prayer for something that the Word has already told me to do. I don’t have to pray if I should be a part of the local assembly of saints for training, fellowship, and accountability. God has already commanded me in Scriptures not to forsake the gathering of the saints.
When I was a young single Christian I did not have to pray about marrying a lost person. The Scriptures already command us to not be unequally yoked. We don’t need to pray about something that is already in the Word, we just need to hear, trust, and obey. Don’t try to believe God for something that is unscriptural or something which goes against the Character of God.
Prayer should not be a religious activity just so we can say that we did it. Prayer needs to be an activity of faith and not just a religious tradition. To do so we need to hear the “Rhema” Word or uttered Word. We can’t have faith for something beyond knowledge. We can’t have faith for something beyond the Word of God.
Ephesians 6:18 ESV praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
“All prayer” means all manner of prayer or all different kinds of prayer. We should pray how often? Always! We are always on call by the Holy Spirit.
We don’t need to see how long we can pray but how fast we can enter into prayer. Many stress how long they can be in prayer, that is two hours, four hours. But the key is how fast do we call on the name of the Lord in prayer? To pray is not the key! A small, short prayer in faith according to the Word is far more successful then thousands of hours of prayer that is prayer for prayers sake.
I have an assignment for you. Effective prayer is prayer in the Spirit. If you are not doing it, learn how to pray in the Spirit. Walking down the street or wherever you are or whatever you are doing and the Lord happens to lay someone on your heart, than pray for them. Get a day timer, or small book, or use your iPhone to keep dates and people you are praying for. Chart your prayer ministry.
If we are not living a life in the Spirit then we are a dull blade. I don't like trying to cut meat or tomatoes with a dull knife. A dull blade causes us to work harder.
It is not just important that we pray, but that we learn to pray correctly in agreement with the activity of God. Prayer is not an end in itself.
ABRAHAM'S PROMISE FROM GOD:
Abraham had received a promise from the Father of a seed that would bless the nations, ( Read Gen.12:1-3) but up to this point, no son.
Abraham prayed, Lord what wilt thou give me"?
Genesis 15:1-2 ESV After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” (2) But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
Abraham has been waiting and waiting for years for the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord. How long have you been waiting?
Abraham thought that he would help God along by offering his servant Eliezer to God as the fulfillment of the promise of a son. (Read Gen.15:2-3). How many times have we asked God for something, felt like we had received a Word from the Lord and waited and waited, until waiting was not longer an option and we decided on a "plan-B" that would assist the Lord in the fulfillment of His promises?
Of course true prayer is the Father speaking and our listening. He informed Abraham that "plan-B" was unacceptable and that the seed was coming from the bowels of Abraham and it will out-number the stars in the sky. Has God ever reaffirmed a promise to you that in doing so it was overwhelming? Think about how Abraham felt. He was asking God "What will You give me?" concerning the fulfillment of ONE promise of ONE son and God assured Him that he would get his son and his seed would be greater than the stars. Okay God, I have having problems with just one. (Read Gen.15:3-5).
Here is where faith entered the picture of the prayer. Abraham believed God and it was COUNTED BY GOD.
Genesis 15:6 ESV And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
By the way... The answer to Abraham's prayer is found in Gen.21:1-8.
The next time you want to start a prayer "God, what will You give me?" make sure you have heard from Him first about what He wants to bless you with and then in faith...P.U.S.H. (Pray until something happens).
Step 5... Arm Yourself For Spiritual Warfare
I. BE CLOTHED: Clothes is something either you put on or acknowledge that you already have on. This is true with the whole armor of God. Some we have to put on each day, and some we just have to acknowledge that we already have on. Take the Helmet of Salvation for an example. We do not need to be saved each day. However we do need to renew our thoughts each day and all day that we are saved, a child of the King, and gloriously forgiven and redeemed.
There is one thing we need to do which we might forget in clothing ourselves with the whole armor of God. When I awaken in the morning and prepare to dress myself for the day I must realize and act upon the fact that I need to put off my sleep clothes before I can put on my daily wear. So it is each day with the believer. We need to put off our old self before putting on the new self. The putting on of the new self is a change of soulish and spiritual clothes that always includes the armor of God. We cannot robe ourselves with the new man without robing ourselves with the armor of God.
Notice that when we put on the whole armor of God there is no provision for the flesh. We see the armor of soldiers in pictures likened unto the picture above we limit our thinking that the armor is to protect our flesh, our body, our outer man. Even in the sermons we hear from the pulpit we get the idea that it is to protect the flesh or body. However, the armor is for the mind, emotion, and the will or choices we make. It is to protect the soulish man. We will find that in walking in the Spirit and trusting the Holy Spirit and God's Word in our inner most man or spirit man, we are being conformed in the image of our Lord Jesus Christ and bring God's protecting our soulish (thoughts, emotions, and will) and physical man.
A. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD:
Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, (23) and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, (24) and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 6:11 ESV Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
Romans 13:14 ESV But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Colossians 3:10 ESV and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
1. FULL ARMOR OF GOD: Recognizing that the battle belongs to the Lord
Zechariah 4:6 ESV Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
2 Chronicles 20:15 ESV And he said, "Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the LORD to you, 'Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God's.
2. STAND IN THE ARMOR:
Isaiah 54:16-17 ESV Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy; (17) no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD."
Step 5... Arm Yourself For Spiritual Warfare
Ephesians 6:10-18 / Isaiah 59:16-17
Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. (11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (14) Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (15) and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. (16) In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; (17) and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, (18) praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
I. BE STRONG!...In the Lord and power of His might! (verse.10)
A. Know Your Position in Christ:
1. Eph. 1:18-22 He is seated in heavenly places
Ephesians 1:18-22 ESV having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (19) and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might (20) that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, (21) far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (22) And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
2. Eph. 2:5-6 We are seated with him in heavenlies
Ephesians 2:5-6 ESV even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— (6) and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
3. Eph. 3:10-12 To the intent to show princes & powers in heavenly places what His purpose for the church
Ephesians 3:10-12 ESV so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (11) This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, (12) in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
B. Use the Name of Jesus: Luke 10:17-20 / Acts 16:18
Luke 10:17-20 ESV The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" (18) And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (19) Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. (20) Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
Acts 16:16-18 ESV As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. (17) She followed Paul and us, crying out, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation." (18) And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour.
C. Stand on the Blood of Christ - Rev. 12:11
Revelation 12:11 ESV And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
D. Rod of Christ - Matthew 28:18 / Luke 9:1-2/ Luke 10:19-20
Matthew 28:18 ESV And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Luke 9:1-2 ESV And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, (2) and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.
Luke 10:19-20 ESV Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. (20) Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.