“The life of a Christian is all about passion… Nothing is more powerful than when the Holy Spirit reveals the Son of God through the words of Scripture. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, every heart began to burn when God revealed Himself. When He unveils Himself and we have understanding of what He is saying, passion is the result. Seeing the face of God, and then gazing at it, has to begin sometime and someplace. It begins by bringing our whole person before the consuming fire who is God, reciting His words—the Bible—out loud to Him and then letting the Holy Spirit reveal Christ to us. That is why we pray the Bible.”
Jesus was passionate about the Word of God. He used it when He prayed. He knew the power of the Word of God in intercession. When He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He quoted the Word of God. The devil left because of the power of the Word of God. Jesus knew that speaking the Word of God would bring spiritual breakthrough in the most difficult times of spiritual attack.
Praying God’s Word fights the fleshly battles of life using His spiritual weapons. This gives us authority in the supernatural realm to pull down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). We no longer are in agreement with darkness but agree with the light of God’s Word.
Praying the Word of God brings freedom, discernment, and protection. God’s Word can bring life in a most amazing way! In Baghdad, Iraq, a 22-year-old Army Private First Class soldier named Brendan Schweigart was on a critical mission wearing a bullet proof shield for protection. You can only imagine the tension in that situation. Before going out to battle, he carefully tucked his Bible in his pocket beneath his bulletproof shield. While on a dangerous mission, he was shot with a high-powered rifle. The Bible saved his life when it shielded the bullet from his heart. He told his mother that he always carried his Bible into battle. Brendan received a Purple Heart and was soon released from the hospital. The bullet was still in the pages of his Bible, a miraculous reminder of the amazing power and protection of the Word of God.
God’s Word will protect our lives when in spiritual battle. It can bring forth life in the darkest of situations. It can save us from those fiery darts from the enemy. I wonder how many of us carry our Bibles into battle like Army Private Brendan?
The mystery of intercession is actually profoundly simple. We tell God what he says in His Word. Everyone can pray like this—young and old, beginners and the experienced. God knows everything. We don’t have to come up with some intelligent method of praying, but He is deeply touched when we pray the truths in His heart back to Him. God loves it when we agree with Him through His Word. We read His Word and let the Holy Spirit speaks to us through it. Then we pray it back to Him as the Holy Spirit leads us. His Words are Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24; 6:63). When we pray God’s Word, it marks us on the inside, changes us, and builds us up. We unite with God’s heart in a most amazing way.
Our own hearts are transformed as we pray God’s Word. He will actually withhold His blessing until we stand in faith, agree with His heart, and pray it back to Him (James 4:2). Praying God’s Word gives us sustaining power. The revelation we get from Him through His Word strengthens our emotions. We can change whole cities when we agree with God’s heart in prayer. Power and revival are released when we pray His Word over a city. God runs the universe through prayer.
Haven’t you noticed when you’re discouraged, how different you feel after God speaks to your heart through His Word? It’s as if a light goes on that dispels the darkness. God upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrew 1:3). When we read and pray His Word we can have a living, active dialogue with Him in our heart (Hebrews 4:12). But we must receive it with obedience, faith, and devotion. When we abide in it (John 15:7), everything else seems to falls into place.
Bible prayers are easy to find. There are many types of prayers in the Bible. For example, there are the Psalms, the prayers of wisdom such as the book of Proverbs, the Song of Songs, the prayers of the Prophets, the prayers of Jesus, the apostolic prayers, and the hymns of Revelation.
Praying the Bible can and will have a dramatic effect in our prayer lives and prayer meetings. It is definitely a key to the success of day and night prayer and worship. It’s advantageous in our walk with God. It takes us to such a higher level in our relationship with Him. Our faith increases and rises to a new place in authoritative strength. We pray the will of God and see answers to our prayers (1 John 5:14-15). We become fixed on God with a greater determination to please Jesus in all that we do and say. Praying Scripture helps us to grow in Biblical knowledge. God is able to bring our prayer lives into an entirely new focus.
We are in a serious battle throughout the world over the authority of the Bible. There is a great decline in the belief that you can know absolute truth and right from wrong. This is one reason why we must uphold it as absolute, authoritative truth in our prayers. Jesus prayed from the foundation of absolute truth. We must also. As we pray God’s Word out loud, our faith grows and we are equipped for every good work.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” – (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We must emphasize the Bible in our prayer meetings and everywhere we go. As we do this, we combat the lies of the enemy and spiritually strengthen our ability to abide in God’s Word. We choose to obey God’s Word as we pray it. We feed our hearts on it. We learn to talk to God about His Word and then we listen. We internalize it, and we say it back to Him.
Praying God’s Word refreshes us internally and enables us to live radically for Him long-term. Let’s learn to cultivate a spirit of radical devotion to God’s Word as our everyday lifestyle. David wrote many of the Psalms in the Bible. He saw himself and others through the eyes of God as he prayed. He understood the love of God even when facing difficulty because His attitude was right. Praying God’s Word is a positive way to live.
“When you pray the Bible, you will understand how God views you and how He views others. In a culture distorted by negative media images, we all need to be founded on what God thinks of us. David’s self-image came through prayer. He saw himself as God’s anointed, as the apple of God’s eye. David knew that God loved him, and that he was favored when the wicked were not. Therefore, we need to pray the Bible until we receive the same attitude that David did.”
Together in the Harvest,
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer (IHOP) KC Staff
Daily prayer for January 11. The word of God to us is a word of promise. We must wait on Him because He will surely fulfil His words of promise.
Bible Verse for Today
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
The word of God is ever true, God doesn’t go against His words so whatever He promised He will surely fulfil because He is faithful. We should hold onto the word because He honors His word more than His name and that’s the only thing He honors more than His powerful name. Psalm 138:2 “…for you have exalted above all things your name and your word”. This shows that he doesn’t joke with his word, the more reason we should hold onto his word.
Each of his promises shall not go unfulfilled Isaiah 55:11 “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it”. Holding onto the word of God also preserve our soul and help us not to go into sin. Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you”. Temptations will come today, it is the same word of God you can use to overcome them. Jesus used it and he overcame. Hold onto the word of God today because his word is ever sure.
Word of God Daily Prayer for Today
The word of God is evident and manifest in my life. As I hold onto the word of God today, I’m blessed and highly favored in all things. The word of the Lord shall be my strength all through today. When trouble comes, when a storm blows, or when challenges show, Lord, help me to hold onto your word alone.
Your word is full of promise, I claim them today. As I hold onto the word, let success follow me, let prosperity follow me too. I hold onto your word because your word is ever true and can never go unfulfilled, let all your promises come to pass in my life. Amen.
Also read: DAILY PRAYER: All things work together for God – Love God. January 10
Regarding to the connection between prayer and our private devotion, Professor Louis Finkelstein, a 20th-century Jewish scholar, said, “When I pray, I speak to God; when I study (read the Bible), God speaks to me.” There is a Bible passage which bears out this idea to perfection, Numbers 7:89 which says ” And when Moses had gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with Him, then he heard the voice of One speaking to him from the mercy-seat on the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubs. And He spoke to him.”
When Moses went to pray, whether for himself or for his nation of Israel, and prepared to wait for God’s instruction, inevitably he found God waiting for him. We can and should learn from this.
Jesus had words for us too on the matter of Prayer and the Word of God. Matthew 6:5-6 makes prayer an imperative for all born-again Christians, for as Jesus Himself said “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. But you, when you pray, enter into your room. And shutting your door, pray to your Father in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.” Notice it says “when you pray.” Prayer then, is not an option for Christians, but the means, the normal means and normal method of communication, between us and God.
Notice also how Moses went into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with God; compared to us, who can pray anywhere, but are recommended to use a private, closed and quiet room. When we go to pray, God will be there to meet us. For Christians, it is not about show, it is not about the public and outward manifestation of prayer ritual, but it is all about the private words given and heard, in secret.
A PRAYERFUL SPIRIT
For us to approach God, we need to develop a prayerful spirit, for it is when we are in that spirit, that God will speak. This is a listening, humble, quiet and expectant spirit, not a self-focussed, brash, impatient spirit. A prayerful spirit is a spirit full of desire to hear the Word of God and desperate to communicate with God, for in true communication with God, the presence of God is as real and as tangible as our own presence. Scripture can help is in this, such that both reading and praying, become true fellowship with God.
A RIGHT PLACE
As we saw in Numbers 7:89, Moses went into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with God. We also saw in Matthew 6:6, that we need to go into our own private room or cupboard or quiet place, to practice communication with the Living God. We are called to enter our quite place and pray to the Father who is in secret and He will meet us, but any private place where we can be alone and concentrate on God and God alone, will suffice. But there we must be separated from all else, to achieve that which God wants us to achieve – focus on Him and on Him and His Word, alone.
Yet we need more than this – we need a heart set with intent on communication with God and of meeting Him personally. When we have this, and when we go to speak with God, He will hear.
A RIGHT POSTION
Throughout the Bible, and especially in the Old Testament, there is only one position of supplication before a higher authority, let alone before God. In Genesis 23:13 “Abraham bowed before the people of the land” and in Exodus 34:8 “Moses made haste and bowed toward the earth, and worshiped.” Thus we can well understand how Moses positioned himself in the tabernacle of the congregation before the Mercy Seat, from where God talked to him. Moses and all others bowed before the Living God. This is the right position for us in prayer – bowed in reverence, before the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Living God. When we are in that position before the Mercy Seat, we can know with certainty that an upward look, will find God’s eyes. As Psalm 51:17 tells us “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”
A RIGHT MIND
To come to pray to God with expectancy that He will listen, we first need to come with, as mentioned earlier, a listening attitude. It is, after all, not about us. It is, and always will be, all about Him.
Typically we come to God in either of two conditions, first with blank minds – not knowing what to say. Or second, conversely, with a “shopping-list” of prayer requests, as though God works for us and is our servant, doing our bidding. With these attitudes, we will be always talking, but never listening, thinking He has nothing to say to us. Isaiah 66:1-2 gives advice on the correct mind for entering before God in prayer saying “So says Jehovah, Heaven is My throne, and earth My footstool. Where, then, is the house that you build for Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those My hand has made, and all those exist, says Jehovah. But to this one I will look, to the afflicted and contrite spirit, and the one who trembles at My Word.”
A right mind is the result of a humble heart; a heart humbly waiting for God to speak – no matter how long it takes. The Word confirms for us that when we enter into prayer with the right attitude and mind, not only will God hear, but God will answer, for ours is relational God. He so much wants to have a relationship with us, and a relationship devoid of hollow ritual, but filled with authenticity. To this end, God has given us not just His Word, but also the Holy Spirit, the paraclete – the one who comes alongside, to help us.
A RIGHT WORD
Reading the Bible, reveals one simple message from God to us – that Prayer and His Word are not just intrinsically and inseparably linked, the Word gives matter and substance to prayer. The Word not only tells us what God will do for us, but also what and how we should do things for God. God has set His protocols in the Word and they are very important to Him. To be in God’s will, does not only mean understanding God’s will, it means understanding God’s will at that time. For God requires of us His Will, at His time, and His way and in compliance with His protocols. The Bible, the living Word of God, provided this for us in clear and simple language.
Yes, the words to God come from our lips, but when we ask, as in Psalm 19:14 to “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Jehovah, my Rock and my Redeemer” we are bringing God’s will into our hearts and in doing this, we pray His will.
The Word of God gives us the path of prayer, the power of prayer and the answers to prayer. All we need to do is give up our will and let the Lord have free reign over our lives. To understand why this is so, we need only to look at Prayer and the Word. Prayer and the Word have the same single centre – God. We can see that Prayer seeks God and quite clearly, the Word reveals God. They are two faces, as it were, of the same coin. Thus, as Finkelstein (and many others) and Numbers 7:89 say, in Prayer mans asks God, and in the Word, God answers man. As Andrew Murray wrote in his book “Daily Experience with God”, “In prayer, man rises to heaven to dwell with God; in the Word, God comes to dwell with man. In prayer, man gives himself to God, in the Word, God gives Himself to man.”
God, as we have seen, is at the centre of the Word and at the centre of Prayer. In the Word and in Prayer, God is all there is, and all there needs to be. To pray as God wants us to pray, we need to understand this and make God the centre of our lives, the centre of our hearts, the centre of our minds, the centre of our marriages, the centre of our families. There is no other position for God, other than at the centre of all we do, all we think and all we say. When we achieve this, both Prayer and the Word take on a new meaning and a new an unimaginable blessed fellowship with the Living God Himself. For as Second Corinthians 6:16 says “For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
Amen and Amen and Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come before you as a confessed sinner and with only one thing on my mind. I pray that You will change me and teach me to Pray to you. I long for a true relationship with you. I long to hear your voice. As I bow before you Lord, please change me from the inside out. I give my will freely to you and ask You Lord, to have Your way and only Your way, in my life. Lead me Lord, such that Your destiny for me will be fulfilled in Your way and at Your time.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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The Bible tells us that the enemy (#Satan), which is describe as a thief comes to steal and to kill and to destroy, but Christ has come to give us an abundant life (John 10:10).
Satan wants us to live in defeat, and one way he does this is through #spiritual strongholds, or simply put, #strongholds.
#What are strongholds?
A #stronghold is a fortified city. Therefore spiritual strongholds are incorrect or wrong thinking pattern that has molded itself into our way of thinking, and therefore controls an aspect or our entire life. These strongholds can affect our moods, feelings, how we respond to various situations in life, and they play a large role in our spiritual freedom.
Where do strongholds come from?
One of the primary weapons the enemy uses is deception; deception is a lie appearing to be truth. (The other two primary weapons are accusations and temptations). Strongholds are built upon deception. These deceptions which form strongholds can come from a wide variety of sources, including our environment, those around us, our parents or even demon spirits. Many people are #living a defeated life because of what they chooses to believe or hold on to, for example, they are insignificant and so they live their lives believing they are not important.
For us to live in victory it is very important for us to have the right thinking. Our thoughts are very powerful as they govern our behavior. Our behavior governs our lives.
Can strongholds be as a result of a demon?
The simple answer to this question is yes. A person who has a demon behind their stronghold(s) may find it nearly impossible to tear them down and keep down unless the demon is cast out and then the person must learn to think right. This is because the demon will be working hard at rebuilding and holding those strongholds in place. The demon in the person will be working very hard to prevent the person from being free from its clutches and so will be countering that person’s efforts to tear them down.
At times it will feel as if they are hitting a brick wall, and even if they seem to make progress, it seems like their efforts are in vain because it keeps coming back.
#How do you tear down strongholds?
We tear down strongholds through truth or the #Word of God. It is very clear that strongholds are built upon falsehood or deception; it is therefore through the truth that you tear down such faulty thinking patterns. Strongholds are built when we accept and receive error and begin to meditate on them. Whatever you meditate on, that is what will take root in your spirit. Whatever takes root in your spirit that is what will control your life.
Strongholds are form in our minds what is known as an imagination, that is, a false concept that we believe to be true, but in reality is not. The Bible speaks about these imaginations clearly, and shows us how they can be torn down:
2 Corinthians 10:4, “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through #God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
If we are going to tear down strongholds through the Word of God, the Word of God is truth (John 17:17), then we need to know what God is saying about you and how he sees you. The Bible tells us that God does not see or think about us like our parents, friends, and others see or think about us (1 Samuel 16:7). Since this is the case, we therefore should not see ourselves through the subjective thoughts of man (how are parents see and truth us, our friends, co-workers, and people we come in contact with.
Many people are living their lives base on how people see them or who people say they are. People will not always know your worth; you need to know your worth. The only person whose words should dictate to you how you think and live your life is God. Your parents may be the one who gave birth to you and brought you up, but you did not come from your parents, you came from God, your parents are just vessels God used to bring you into the world.
For you to live your life according to the Word of God, you first need to know how God sees you and what he is saying about you. I strongly believe that if you were the only one in the world #Jesus would still have died for your sins. That’s how important you are to God.
Similarly, many people live their lives by accepting wrong concepts or believe, while many believe they are not able to live free from whatever have them in bondage, for example gambling. That is a lie and the sooner you stop believing these lies you will continue to live in bondage.
A stronghold is any lie that you holds to be true, for example,
You will never get out of debt;
You will never be free from this addiction;
You are worthless;
You do not deserves to be love
And the list goes on…….
All these are lies and to tear them down you must first identify them and acknowledge that these are all lies then each day replace them with the truth. For example:
Instead of accepting the thought that you will never get out of debt, start telling yourself that ‘I will get out of debt. Not only that but I am getting out of debt.’ Then start working towards getting out of debt.
Many times Satan builds strongholds by reminding us of our past failures and sins. We have to remember that all our sins are covered under the blood of Jesus when we repent of our sins and all our failures are in the past. Whoever you were two years ago, you are no longer that person. Start walking in newness of life.
Do not listen or start reasoning with the things that the enemy puts in your #mind. The Bible tells us “…..Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” What that means is that whenever the enemy puts a thought in your mind you immediately holds it captive through the Word of God. In other words, censor your thoughts before they take root in your spirit.
Since God associates Himself with His Word (John 1:1), if anything comes into our minds that is contrary to God’s Word, throw it out! Do not waste your time thinking about it or trying to reason with it. If Satan is trying to tell you that God is not wanting to forgive you, then don’t listen to it. Why? Because His Word says otherwise:
Isaiah 30:18, “Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.” (NASB)
We tear down strongholds through #prayer. The Bible tells us that “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”- 2 Corinthians 10:4. One of these weapons God has given us is prayer. In fact, prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us so much that all the armors of our warfare hangs on, or activated by, prayer (Ephesians 6:18).
We should never forget the awesome power of the Word of God in destroying spiritual strongholds. When Jesus was upon earth he used the Word of God as a weapon to defeat the “schemes, devices, reasoning’s” of the devil in the wilderness. With each suggestion the devil made to Jesus, he included reasons why Jesus should act upon his suggestions. He was attempting to use human reasoning to build strongholds in Jesus’ mind that would influence his own thoughts and direct his actions.
Therefore when we pray we should never forget to pray God’s Words, and believe them for “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” -Mark 11:24
God has given us resources to defeat the enemy. We no longer have to live in defeat by allowing strongholds to control our lives. Through the Word of God and prayer we can start tearing (or destroying) spiritual strongholds.
Strongholds in a believer’s life will hinder that person from growing in that area, for example if that person is fearful. This is why it is very important for each believer to destroy any stronghold in his or her life before it destroys that individual. Many Christians have killed their purpose or #ministry because of strongholds.
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