Wow what a prayer…
Life carries challenges and words create trouble… the kind of trouble that hinders our ability to walk in peace on a variety of levels. When judgement or criticism is spoken (either by us or about us) we must make a choice to walk in the favor of God. Words can become arrows that harm or maintain our peace… and the “acceptable” place in God’s sight. When words are spoken that shake our identity or cause us to feel offended, we must recognize the spirit that “rules” over those words.
Every word is an arrow designed to carry power and influence… blessing or curse!
We must guard the heart at all cost, because that is where our thoughts and motives arise and bear fruit… “words”! The Bible says that out of the heart flow the issues of life. Guarding our hearts takes enormous training. I would like to suggest that the Psalmist is showing us what is at the center of that training… the spiritual principle of “agreement”. The Psalmist is saying “I want my words and my meditations to be in agreement with Your mind and acceptable to Your heart, Oh Lord!” Agreement is like spiritual glue that ties us to the Father’s power! Jesus said, “if you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, then you can ask whatever you want and it will be done for you” (Jn. 15:7). That is an agreement that offers connection to the power of God.
Agreement with evil thoughts happens by speaking evil words! To speak evil is to rehearse emotions that carry the weight of curses… an intent to harm. Situations that effect us the most emotionally are opportunities for the devil who wants to rule our thoughts, motives and actions. Don’t give the devil your agreement and he will have nothing to rule over you.
These simple things called words have the potential to become our life or death… literally!
Jesus stated that His words were spirit and life to those who believe and agree with them (Jn 6:63). The sad thing is that most of us are unable to govern our mouth, because we have weak emotions. We become easily offended and then fail to discern or control our words. Remember that self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. All the Holy Spirit needs is our agreement to release this fruit into our lives.
Listen: We can… and must agree with God!
We must look to God in faith and recognize the power of our words! We can use our words as arrows that strengthen and connect us to the power of God! Jesus has given us the ability to triumph over all the works of the enemy and rule over our soul (Col 2:13-15)(2 Cor 10:3-6). As New Creatures in Christ, new identities and thought patterns enable us to overcome the activities of Satan. Evil words are designed and spoken to make us feel we have no right to our inheritance among the righteous, but agreement offers us freedom (Col 2:4-8) and an acceptable place to rest. The Truth sets us free!
The shield of faith… agreement has the ability to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph 6:16).
Crisp, clear and to the point, Jesus tells us exactly how to have an effective fervent prayer life. We can create all kinds of theories and teach about the five ways to approach God or three hindrances to our answers; but the key is “FAITH”. Believe in God’s ability to do what He has said He will do! And can I suggest something here… get over the issue of sounding religious! Faith is most easily found in relationship; because it works by love, not by rituals or perfect theology (Gal 5:6).
Faith Hears in the Spirit:
Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” (1 Kings 18:41)
This verse illustrates the confidence of the Prophet Elijah who believed God for what He had promised. I will repeat that “…for what God had promised”. The story of Elijah’s prayers holding back the rain in Israel is only climaxed by his bold confidence in proclaiming Ahab’s demise if he didn’t make haste for Jezreel. Rain is coming, because God said so… and I can hear it!
What exactly was it that Elijah heard? Nobody else seemed to hear the rain nor did they see it. The fact is, there was no indication that even one drop of rain was going to fall on any part of Israel! But faith comes out of a spiritual kind of hearing (Rom 10:17). Faith operates from a platform of putting hope in the promise of God (Heb 11:1).
Elijah heard the rain before it was manifest, much like we might trust our friend to send us a package in the mail. If the promise is good, then our confidence dictates our hearing. I will be looking for that package in the mailbox and praying in faith for its arrival. I’m speaking to God in prayer and speaking to others with testimony from a confident stance. “The Promise is on the way!” Its not to be hindered, not to be delayed, not to be distracted or crushed or stolen or intruded upon in any way… God has promised and I’ve heard it in my spirit.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.” (2 Cor. 1:3-5)
Take a deep breath. Release it slowly, telling yourself quietly: I let go. I let God fill my mind with His thoughts, fill my heart with His love and fill my life with His power… My God meets all my need according to His riches in Glory in Christ (Phil. 4:19). I can simply accept the reality that God’s wisdom is present and available, ready to fill me with new understanding, light and strength. It is my spiritual discipline in faith, to let God fill every void, every emptiness that seems to separate me from the peace of God in my heart. I step into faith, believing that as I let go… God fills every need!
God’s substance is supernatural and when I step into His Presence, a divine activity moves through my life. God’s creative process is awaiting me and all I have to do is receive. This is life in the Glory Realm… its effective, productive and healing; and it is activated as quickly as I let go of my “self”. I feel my life being lifted up to where He is. The Presence of God dissolves all fear and doubts and removes every hint of frailty. I can feel His pleasure, His acceptance of me and His wealth of kindness… which washes all uncertainty away. This is love at its best, comforting and meeting me right where I am. God’s love is worth beholding, unlocking and experiencing!
3 Spheres of Supernatural Stability offered by the Father’s Love:
- He Strengthens My Inner-Man: (Eph. 3:16) My Spirit is revitalized with supernatural energy!
- I become Rooted and Grounded in Love: (Eph. 3:17) My faith creates a dwelling for Christ!
- I am filled with all the Fullness of God: (Eph. 3:18-19) My knowledge is established by experience – Holy Spirit rushes in!
Downloading Spiritual Love:
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Eph. 3:20)
Begin now to relax from the strain and effort of questioning, planning, and reasoning. Take a few moments to calm your thinking and place all your attention upon the words: “I let go. I let God fill my need according to His riches… found in the Glory Realms as received by faith in Christ”. As you breath out, allow the Holy Spirit to breathe into you… strength, stability and spiritual substance that meets all of your needs. Immediately, you will experience visible and tangible benefits, inside and out. You will feel renewed strength and faith, boldness and courage will well-up within you. Your prayers will be more effective, and your understanding of the Presence of God within you will be clearer. You will find that God’s love takes care of what you cannot accomplish. As you let go, God will freely and abundantly fill every need.
God is Jehovah Jireh – Our Provider:
God always provides! As the Apostle Paul has so well proclaimed, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). No indeed, if God be for us – tell me who can be against us! God gives strength, guidance, understanding, faith, healing, and supernatural supply. So be the “conqueror”, step into all that you need by faith. He loves us! Whatever life throws at you, you have; at this very moment. Make the most of every opportunity… let go of your personal striving and let God move in you and meet your every need!
“…casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:7)
We have all watched loving adults bend low or kneel down, making themselves small so they can be face-to-face with a child. Parents do this instinctively out of a desire to connect and be present with the child. Out of loving desire to relate to small ones, big people make themselves temporarily small. This is how God reasons with us…
Face-to-Face: (Exod. 33:11) “…as a man speaks to his friend”
Our God loves us – and likes us! He desires to be face-to-face with us, longing to express love directly… seeking close relationship with us. God became small, taking the form of a man and becoming a servant (Phil. 2:6-8)… offering us forgiveness for all of our sin. This is the Christian story. God, coming to us as a baby, a child, a humble man. God coming to us in Jesus. The astonishing claim Jesus made was that if we have encountered Him… we have seen the Father. To encounter Jesus is to discover the Father’s heart… the One who made us, and loves us more than we could wrap our mind around. Jesus was our face-to-face encounter… and it begins with compassion, mercy and forgiveness!
Encountering Love that Forgives:
Jesus came to show us the love of the Father. But Jesus was not well received. People did not expect to see such love. Instead, they expected to see what we often expect to see in God… rigidity, harshness and stern enforcement of the rules… judgement, distance, rejection and exclusion. Instead, in Jesus, they encountered radical love… love that revealed the answer to a sin problem – forgiveness!
…in Jesus, we encounter radical love…
Jesus embodied God’s incredible love… love that included the outcast, that honored women, that respected and blessed children, that embraced enemies, that touched the contagious and healed the diseased, that extended hope to the rejected and confronted abusive religious hypocrisy. He revealed a love that valued relationship over rigid rule keeping and lived among the sinner, rather than a castle or mansion. Jesus told stories of God “the-waiting-Father” who runs like a servant to welcome us home and who sweeps like a woman to unearth her lost treasure. What was He searching for? Gold? No – someone to receive His love!
Jesus had encounters with people in all sorts of odd places… like beaches or rivers, hill sides or gardens, in grave yards or vineyards, at wells or pools of Bethesda. Meeting was for encountering something bigger than belief systems… it was for transforming the heart. Imagine the impact of Jesus, time and time again… His love reflected the heart of the Father in ways that deeply moved the poor, weak and broken. Forgiving Love is revolutionary, it heals the heart, delivers the soul and changes the way a person thinks about themselves and others. Its uniquely God’s heart, because it is so… counter-culture, other worldly… and supernatural.
The Apostle John said it best in this statement: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on (or given to) us, that we should be called the Children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 Jn. 3:1). Incredibly… in the encounter of beholding love… we come to know Him! We come to see His mercy and unyielding passion toward us. We experience love, by feeling the lifting of a burden we could never have been free of on our own. This is forgiveness… and it is truly the encounter of a lifetime.
- Forgiveness is an encounter of love… by the only One worthy to be called – “Savior”!
…Can I introduce you to My Savior?
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Jn. 3:17)
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father!” (Gal. 4:6)
Introducing God as “Our Father”: “Abba” – Papa or Daddy
Do you realize that God was never known as “Father” until Jesus came to earth and revealed Him as such? In prayer Jesus said, “And I have declared to them Your Name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (Jn. 17:26). What name was Jesus referring to? It was the name “Father” (Jn. 14:6). There was nothing more natural to Jesus than introducing us to God as “Father”.
- “Therefore, do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear?… For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Mt. 6:31–32)
- “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Mt. 7:11)
What seems natural to Jesus is supernatural to us. The revelation of “sonship” that the Apostle Paul speaks about, goes beyond just mental assent, it is a Spirit of Sonship. And it wells up within us to confirm the depth of love the Father has for us. Jesus wants us to always have this image of God stirring in our mind… that He is our Abba, our faithful Father. Why? Because it will shape every motivation of the heart.
You are Loved by the Father!
There is something about this knowledge that is more than just practical. No matter how old you are; you are still God’s child, so don’t think that your problem is too small for God. If it is important to you, it is important to your Father as well.