Understanding Prayer (Part 1)
Beloved Daughters of Rachel,
In response to some of your questions, I’d like to take this time to help you understand more of how the ministry of prayer works. In doing this, I believe you will see how you-yes you, can make a difference when you pray. I will use the words “prayer” and “Intercession” interchangeably.
God has chosen the ministry of prayer as the primary means in which He releases His government and His power through Jesus (now and forever) with His people. We need a fresh revelation of the mystery of prayer (Eph. 1:17-19). This is seen in Jesus forever engaging in intercession.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always (forever) lives to make intercession for them (Heb. 7:25).Christ… at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us. (Rom. 8:34).
The primary principle of prayer is simply to tell God what He told us to tell Him, as the means of releasing His power. This is so simple. Prayer is God’s strategy for including the saints in ruling with Him in power. The mystery of prayer is in its weakness, simplicity, humility and accessibility to us all.
Oh Daughters, the highest means of releasing God’s power is intercession. Jesus as the second person of the Holy Trinity operated in this principle of intercession when He created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1). Jesus continues to use prayer to govern the universe in partnership with His people. The governmental center of the world is in the prayer ministry. This includes all the Spirit inspired prayers agreeing on earth and in heaven, coming together and meeting at the Throne of God.
Ladies, God requires us to cooperate with Him. In His grace, this is an expression of His desire for intimate partnership with us. God will not do our part and then again, we cannot do His part. If we do not do our part then God holds back some of the help and blessings that He would
have given us.
In the beginning, Jesus used the principle of intercession when creating the earth. The Father had deep plans burning in His heart. The Father ordained that Jesus would speak out the Father’s thoughts (intercession) as the way to release the Spirit’s power in Genesis 1.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void… and the Spirit of God was hovering over the… waters. God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together…” and it was so… God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass…” and it was so. (Gen.1:1-11)
For He spoke and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:9)By faith we understand
that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Heb. 11:3)
Take note that the “Us” is a plural of God acting in unity within the fellowship of the Holy Trinity.
God said, “Let US make man in OUR image…” (Gen. 1:26)
Come, let US go down there (Babel) and confuse their language… (Gen. 11:7)
Let US break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from US. (Psalm 2:3)
Jesus is identified as the creator who spoke and said, “let there be light” in Genesis 1.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made… (Psalm 33:6)
All things were made through Him (Jesus)… (John 1:3)
For by Him (Jesus) all things were created… in heaven and that are on earth. (Col. 1:16)
God who created all things through Jesus Christ… (Eph. 3:9)
God has… spoken to us by His Son… through whom also He made the worlds. (Heb. 1:2)
Jesus creates, sustains and governs by speaking God’s Word which is a type of intercession to the Father in the present tense.
Who (Jesus)… upholding all things by the word of His power… (Heb. 1:3)
He is before all things, and in Him all things consist (hold together). (Col. 1:17)
God brings us forth in blessings and power as Jesus speaks His Word over our lives.
Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth… (James 1:18)
When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, He used the Word to strike like a sword cutting into Satan’s domain. This is our model of how to release God’s power against darkness. (Matt. 4:3-7)
Speaking God’s Word is what releases the power of the Spirit as a sword against Satan.
Take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Eph. 6:17)
Ladies, Jesus is the Word of God. When Jesus speaks the Father’s thoughts, He functions as the Living Word. One reason that Jesus is called the “Word” is because He brings the Father’s thoughts into existence in the natural.
In the beginning was the Word (Jesus speaking the Father’s thoughts), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (Jesus)… All things were made through Him (Jesus in intercession), and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3)
Jesus’ name is the Word of God in that He acts and rules by speaking the Word of God.
His name is called the Word of God… (Rev. 19:13)
That which was from the beginning… concerning the Word of Life (Jesus)… (1 John 1:1)