If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. JOHN 15:7 NKJV
These thrilling words from Jesus reveal the heart of God to us. They also tell us something about prayer that we often fail to understand or remember, particularly in times of trouble. It is this: Prayer is not about us begging God to do something; it is God speaking the solution through us.
I say this a lot – the longer I live, the more I see that prayer is not about asking but about decreeing. I have seen more manifestations by declaring the outcome than by begging God endlessly. In fact, I will be so bold as to say that ASKING has very little to do with real prayer. I mean asking, of course, in the whining, pleading way we have been conditioned to pray. It is like we are trying to cajole or twist God’s arm into doing something He is deeply reluctant to do.
God has given us DOMINION and people who have dominion are people who decree things, not mendicants begging for things.
The Greek word for “ask” has the sense of demanding something that is ours by right, not something we have to beg or plead for. You would think it very strange if your child begged you for his evening meal every night but perfectly natural if that child came in and said “Where’s my dinner?” The reason is: Your child has the right to expect dinner!!
Equally, you have the right to expect whatever God’s Word says is yours. This includes healing, deliverance, protection, family blessing, provision, prosperity and guidance. This is why Jesus said that if we abide in Him and His Word abides in us, we can DEMAND what that Word says and it will be done for us. The King James Version says we can ask what we will. Notice it doesn’t say what God wills. Why? Because if we are full of His Word, we will be full of His will!!
This is the great secret of prayer. Prayer is not about us taking our shopping list to the Lord as if He is Father Christmas. No, it is about Him speaking HIS will through us. Prayer is about co-operating with God to release His Kingdom on the earth. By doing so we unleash His will. Of course, that will includes and involves us being blessed beyond measure in every area of life!
I remember in the greatest trial of my life praying in desperation to the Lord. Those desperate prayers rebounded back on me, much to my frustration and hurt. But the Lord had a better way, even though it seemed a harsh lesson He was teaching me. When I began to decree the outcome rather than cry out desperately for help, the trial was over pretty quickly. It was a “tough love” thing but it showed me that prayer is not really about me and my problem – it is about how big, great and good God is.
Prayer is God releasing the Kingdom through your mouth. Your decree is vital to this. So stop begging and pleading and be the conduit of blessing, miracles and life you are called to be – declare the will of God.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. MATTHEW 6:33 NKJV
We know that releasing the Kingdom and God’s will are inextricably linked: Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
With this in mind, let’s take a fresh look at Matthew 6:33. When we seek i.e. pursue the Kingdom, ALL THE THINGS WE DESIRE AND REQUIRE ARE ADDED TO US!!!
Your answer is in the Kingdom, dear one. And that Kingdom is inside you and released through your mouth in prayer. Prayer is about releasing God’s will upon the earth. Your tongue is God’s instrument of dominion on the earth. As long as, of course, it is speaking HIS Word.
When Scripture speaks of a two-edged sword it means a two-mouthed sword (see Hebrews 4:12). For the Word to be powerful and alive, it requires two mouths: God’s and yours. He has released His Word; your duty and mine is to speak what He has said. Prayer is a big part of this. Prayer is YOU decreeing what God has revealed is His will in His Word.
The secret of prayer is this: It isn’t about you trying to influence God in heaven – it is about God releasing His will upon the earth. You are the conduit, the vessel He uses to accomplish this.