Power in Praying God’s Word- A Devotion For Prayer Warriors- by Laura Townsend
Have you ever realized the power that is available to you? You have access to God’s power when you pray His Word.
Mighty Women of God, You have power when you speak God’s Word out of your mouth!!
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (II Corinthians 10:4, 5 NKJV)
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. (James 5:16 AMP)
For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. (Matthew 17:20 AMP)
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NKJV) We have power when we stand together on the Word in prayer!!
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. (Proverbs 18:21 AMP)
I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live (Deuteronomy 30:19 AMP)
God’s Word says that we have weapons. Our weapons are the Word of God, prayer and worship. When we access those weapons and activate that power, satan is shaking in his ugly pointy boots! The Word says that strongholds shall be broken! A stronghold is anything in life that keeps you bound from the freedom that Jesus died for you to have. It could be alcohol, food, negativity, cigarettes, prescription drugs, caffeine, raging, complaining, emotional pain, battles in your mind and many other things. But the Word says, that those strongholds can be pulled down when we speak the Word of God out of our mouths. It also says that every high thing must come down. A high thing is anything that tries to exalt itself above the name of Jesus. Pride, selfishness, vanity, fear, depression, wrong priorities, greed, also any of the addictions or issues that are strongholds can be a thing that tries to exalt itself above the name of Jesus. We can declare that these strongholds and high things must come down and be broken and fall under the obedience of Christ when we pray and speak the Word with power.
If you are a believer, you can be a prayer warrior. As a sister warrior, I wanted to remind you or maybe some of you have never heard it before, but I want to declare to you that, you are a mighty woman of God, full of the Word of God and you have access to immeasurable power when you speak God’s Word out of your mouth.
Darlene Zschech has recently released a new album, titled Revealing Jesus. I want to share from her song, Victor’s Crown. I watched a youtube video where she is talking about the making of this song and how beautiful and worshipful the song starts out. Then it begins to talk about how Jesus wore the victor’s crown. She says that when a crown of thorns (also called a victor’s crown in some translations) was placed upon Jesus head, that they were claiming victory over Him and making fun of Him for saying that He is the King of Kings. However by wearing the “victor’s crown”, we have the VICTORY because Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave!! He defeated sickness, depression, mental illness, addiction, all strongholds and every high thing!! The very crown that they used to claim victory over Christ, is a symbol of the VICTORY that He achieved through the CROSS! The song begins to build and it becomes almost a war cry for demanding every high thing to come down and every stronghold to be broken.
I encourage you to look up this song on youtube and listen to it. I urge you to step into the boldness that God’s Word empowers you with and worship and declare what His Word says. You can just worship right where you are. Also when you are in a group setting, I know it can be a little awkward to boldly worship amongst others but don’t let that keep you from the power that God wants to impart to you through speaking out His Word over your life and the lives of the ones you are praying for. After you listen to the song I want to talk to you a little bit more specifically about speaking God’s Word in your life.
Listen to “Victor’s Crown” by Darlene Zschech
That was great! If you spoke those words in worship you are confessing that those strongholds will be broken and every high thing must come down! Did you feel the boldness rise up on the inside of you? That is a part of God’s process of development that will strengthen your faith. Hear, Speak and Act! First you have to hear the word. Second you must speak God’s Word out of your mouth. Finally as you step out in faith and act on the Word, your faith is activated.
Let’s talk a little about preparation in the spiritual realm. As women we often have a morning routine where we prepare ourselves for the day. It may involve various steps to get our clothing, hair, and makeup ready to face the world around us. On date night even more so, you may take extra time to make your hair, makeup and out fit look just right. Just as we have a morning routine to prepare our bodies, I want to show you a ministry or spiritual preparation routine that you can do every morning of your life. Your life is after all, your ministry and particularly as you stand in faith and in prayer for those in your life, on your job, as a mom, as a wife, as a friend, as a mentor. I would encourage you to make a spiritual preparation routine for your life, your ministry. This will allow you to zone in, to focus your mind on God, to engage your spirit, to set your heart before you start your day and before you open your mouth to speak or pray God’s Word over others. We want to make sure before we pray over someone or speak and before we start our day, that we are in the right place. When we are praying over another person, we are after all speaking to God on behalf of others and at home to our families, at work to our co-workers. We are a representatives of Christ.
So one thing that I have done for years is to anoint myself with oil and pray the word of God over my life. A year or so ago I saw a teaching by Steven Furtick where he talks about his routine which he calls his pre-game ritual, before he goes out to minister. That is actually where I got a portion of this teaching. But he specifically anoints and prays like this over himself each time before he preaches…
A prayer of anointing over yourself (adapted from an example from Steven Furtick)
Thank you God that my feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Thank you God that you have not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
Thank you God that from my heart flow the issues of life, so purify my heart and give me your motives as I go about my day.
As the rain falls down from the heavens and waters the earth, so shall Your Word be. It will not return to You void but will accomplish what You sent it to do. Lord speak Your words through me today.
Thank you God that you give me eyes to see and that you will enable me to see with Your vision. I don’t want to miss any opportunity that you set before me.
Thank you God for giving me ears to hear your voice today and the voice of a stranger I will not follow.
Thank you God that I have the mind of Christ and I hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of your heart. That your ways are higher than my ways and your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. May I think your thoughts today.
With my hands upraised- I lift my eyes to the hills where my help comes from. My help comes from you Lord, maker of heaven and earth.
Thank you Lord that your anointing rest with me today.
Isn’t that good stuff?
Let’s talk a little about the anointing. The anointing is the power of God available to work in and through us. The Bible tells us that the anointing breaks the yoke. The yoke represents something that holds you captive. We receive the anointing on the inside of us when we receive God’s son, Jesus Christ, we also receive God’s spirit, the Holy Spirit. Christ means anointed one. Oil represents the Holy Spirit or the person of God that lives inside of us.
You can anoint yourself with oil as you pray over yourself. It is a physical act of the spiritual concept of allowing His Spirit to operate in and through you.
It shall come to pass in that day that this burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil. (Isaiah 10:27 NKJV)
By the time you speak those words out of your mouth, you will feel boldness rising up on the inside of you. This is a part of the activation of faith in you. Speaking God’s Word activates something in the spirit realm and now you will be ready and aligned to go and do what God has called you to do.
So just as speaking the Word activates our faith to pray for and minister to those that God brings across our path. Now let’s think about how you could apply this to your everyday life. What if you were this spiritually extreme in your every day life, as you take care of your children, grocery shop, go to work, cook dinner, clean your house, minister to your husband? I encourage you to speak God’s Word over your circumstances. I believe that we need God’s intervention in every area of our lives but focus on the specific areas where you need victory, where you need a miracle, where you need His support, His strength, where you need an extra dose of the favour of God. Begin to speak God’s word over those areas of your life. Get a journal and write your own confessions for your specific circumstances.
As you begin to write out what your confessions will be over these areas in your life, post them on index cards around your house, in your pocket, in your purse. As you go throughout your day, speak the Word of God out loud, throughout your day. Any time you are feeling weak or defeated, burdened or frustrated, remind yourself what God’s Word says. Begin to align your mouth with God’s Word. When you begin to speak what God has said, you begin to see it as truth. Your faith has been activated and you are able to rise up to the level of what God says about your circumstances in His Word.
So begin to preach God’s Word to yourself. I want us to go through these 12 confessions together so that if you haven’t done anything like this before you can begin to see what happens as you speak God’s Word. Say these out loud and with boldness and power. Think about the truth of what you are saying and how powerful and awesome it actually is. I know it is a little awkward but refuse to let that stop you from accessing the power that is available to you when you step out in faith and open your mouth to speak out the Word of God. There are 2 other daily confessions I have included below as well for you to speak over your life, one by Germaine Copeland and the other by Joyce Meyer. Take time this week to write out your own confessions that you will implement into your daily routine.
12 Faith Confessions- Steven Furtick
I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation
I act in audacious faith to change the world in my generation
I have no fear or anxiety; I trust in the Lord with all my heart
I am able to fulfill the calling God has placed on my life
I am fully funded to do everything God has called me to do
I have no insecurity, because I see myself the way God sees me
I am a faithful spouse (if you’re single, you can slip ‘future’ in there) and a godly parent – our family is blessed
I am completely whole – physically, mentally, and emotionally
I am increasing in influence and favor for the kingdom of God
I am enabled to walk in the sacrificial love of Christ
I have the wisdom of the Lord concerning every decision I make
I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus’ name
Personal Confession from the book Prayers the Avail Much- by Germaine Copeland
Jesus is Lord over my spirit, my soul, and my body. (Phil. 2:9-11)
Jesus has been made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification,
and redemption. I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. ( Cor. 1:30, Phil. 4:13)
The Lord is my shepherd. I do not want. My God supplies all my
need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4-19, Ps. 23)
I do not fret or have anxiety about anything. I do not have a care.
(Phil. 4-6, I Peter 5:6-7)
I am the Body of Christ. I am redeemed from the curse because
Jesus bore my sickness and carried my diseases in His own body.
By His stripes I am Healed. I forbid any sickness or disease to
operate in my body. Every organ, every tissue of my body functions
in the perfection in which God created it to function. I honor
God and bring glory to Him in my body. (Gal. 3-13, Matt. 8:17, I Peter 2:24, I Cor. 6:20)
I have the mind of Christ and hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of His heart.
( I Cor. 2:16)
I am a believer and not a doubter. I hold fast to my confession
of faith. I decide to walk by faith and practice faith. My faith
comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Jesus is the author and the developer of my faith.
(Heb. 4:14, Heb. 11:6, Heb 12:2, Rom. 10:17)
The love of God has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit
and His love abides in me richly. I keep myself in the Kingdom
of light, in love, in the Word, and the wicked one touches me not.
(Rom. 5:, I John 4:16, I John 5:18.)
I tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the
enemy. I take my shield of faith and quench his every fiery dart.
Greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world. (Ps. 91:13, Eph. 6:16, I John 4:4.)
I am delivered from this present evil world. I am seated with Christ
in heavenly places. I reside in the Kingdom of Gods dear Son.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free
from the law of sin and death. (Gal. 1:4, Eph. 2:6, Col. 1:13, Rom. 8:2.)
I fear not for God has given me a spirit of power, of love, and
of a sound mind. God is on my side. ( 2 Tim. 1:7, Rom. 8:31.)
I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. I hear my Fathers voice,
and the voice of a stranger I will not follow. I roll my works
upon the Lord. I commit and trust them wholly to Him. He will
cause my thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall
my plans be established and succeed. (John 10:27, Prov. 16:3.)
I am a world overcomer because I am born of God. I represent the
Father and Jesus well. I am a useful member in the Body of Christ.
I am His workmanship recreated in Christ Jesus. My Father God
is all the while effectually at work in me both to will and do His
good pleasure. ( I John 5:4-5, Eph. 2:10, Phil. 2:13.)
Power Thoughts- Joyce Meyer
1. I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ.
2. God loves me unconditionally.
3. I will not live in fear.
4. I am difficult to offend and quick to forgive.
5. I love people and I enjoy helping them.
6. I trust God completely; there is no need to worry.
7. I am content and emotionally stable.
8. God meets all my needs abundantly.
9. I pursue peace with God, myself and others.
10. I live in the present and enjoy each moment.
11. I am disciplined and self-controlled.
12. I put God first in my life.