Praying – do we really know how to do it?

Praying – do we really know how to do it? What I mean by that is, are we praying from a place of authority or are we begging God to do something?

Many of us haven’t changed the way we pray in years, maybe even decades. Don’t we grow and mature as people, as saints? Don’t we grow in wisdom and revelation as the months and years go by?

If that’s the case (and it should be!) shouldn’t our prayers change, shouldn’t they mature too? Scripture tells us that it’s okay to start out as a child but when we mature, we should put away childish things. “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. “ 1 Cor 13:11

How much power do our prayers have?

Do we pray with expectation and with intent? Are they effective?

When I sit down to pray for the needs of my family or when I am praying for someone who has requested prayer for a specific need – sickness or finances for example. I pray in the spirit first and then when I feel like I know the Father’s heart, I begin to pray in English. When I say I pray, I’m not talking about saying, “God, have mercy, your servant so and so is worthy, please grant this prayer for ____. NO, I start speaking the solution and making declarations for the outcome that is heaven’s desire for this “thing”. I command cancer to go, I don’t ask God to heal them. It’s ME that has been giving all power and all authority to be His hands and feet on the earth.

There is power in praying effective prayers.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective. James 5:16

Effective adj. Having an intended or expected effect.

When we expect God to answer our prayers, He does. Do you know why? Because we know His heart before we even began to pray. Sometimes we already know His heart on a matter and all we have to do is start speaking His heart – like commanding sickness to go. Like declaring wholeness over a person, commanding new cells to grow. His heart is ALWAYS to heal, we just need to align ourselves with that and pray from that place.

Sometimes praying from that place is like “speaking those things that are not (yet) as though they were.

Let me tell you a story about our daughter, Chelsea.

Chelsea was very young when she left for college. At least she was to me – she turned 18 the day she moved into her dorm – that’s young to me. She was enrolled in the very liberal Kansas City Art Institute campus.

Chelsea loved this place and before long she was living the college life to the fullest. Yep, sex, drugs, and rock n roll! We didn’t know what to do other than pray. She was over 500 miles away and anything we could do had to be done in the spirit!

That felt pretty hopeless.

At the time Chelsea was having college fun, we were having house church in our home. One evening after we had all shared with each other and the meeting was about to break up, several people asked for prayer. We began to pray for individual needs around the room and when all those people had been prayed for, someone asked us how Chelsea was doing. Paul reminded everyone about Chelsea and how she was such a prodigal – smoking, drinking, and doing drugs…wanting to be sure everyone knew how hopeless the situation was!

Paul began to pray, mentioning how disappointed we were and how hopeless we felt about Chelsea and that was when God interrupted him. God asked, “When are you going to quit telling Me what the problem is and start telling Me what the solution is?” Paul sputtered to a stop, a little confused and said, “You want me to lie?”

God told him to speak those things that are not, as though they were – to call the future into the now.

I have to be honest, we weren’t comfortable doing that, it did feel like we were speaking untruths! Needless to say, we began to speak the solution over our daughter every day, multiple times a day. When someone would ask how she was doing, we would say, “She’s saved, healed, drug-free and serving the Lord!”

In exactly 2 months our confession is exactly what happened. Chelsea got radically saved, delivered and even rescued. It’s funny how God knew exactly what He was talking about. 🙂

It really is true like the Centurion said, “Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Jesus gave us all power and all authority to do the things He did and more!

12 For now, we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1 Cor 13:12

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