Prayer has been so diminished within the Body of Christ that it has become the last thing we do after all else has failed. Even if you recommend that someone pray, it sounds frivolous and worthless. Prayer, as God intends, is an act of war against Satan and his army! You need to begin to pick up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and pray right from the Word according to your situation.
For example: let’s say that you have a spouse or child that is not walking with God. You can pray Psalm 1 over them: “Father, I claim in the name of Jesus that (whoever) no longer walks in the way of the wicked, or stands in the way of the sinner, nor sits in the seat of the mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by the streams of waters and in due season bears good fruit. His leaf does not wither, and everything he touches prospers.”
For someone who is making really bad decisions, you can pray Ephesians 1:17-18: “Father, in the name of Jesus, I claim that you are giving (whomever) the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they may know You better. I decree that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened in order that they may know the hope to which they have been called and the riches of Your glorious inheritance.”
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12, NAS).”
I’ll be speaking tonight on my book, Understanding Kingdom Prayer from 8pm-9:30pm, EST if you’d like to tune in: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kdmadvancematt2414
We’ll pick up here next time as we continue with, Know Your Authority, from my first book, What was God Thinking? Why Adam had to Die. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books!
Alexys V. Wolf