Prayer is not meant to be used like a fisherman’s net to trawl for the will of God. Instead, we use prayer to pray the will of God, and that brings us into a place of faith and proclamation. We grow in confidence in the will of God, as our prayers change us to be more like Him. We have decided to follow the process that God has ordained in the circumstances He has allowed to unfold.
“For whom he foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,” Paul wrote in Romans 8:29. In every situation, there is a pathway that enables you to become more like Jesus. A part of your prayer initiative is to find what it is that God wants you to do to become more like Him. There is always an area of our life where we need to become more like Christ, and the Lord is saying to us: “If you will follow the way that I want to pray, you will not only have the answer to that prayer, but you will grow in Me. There is a predestined, predetermined thing I want to become in every situation. I want to give you more of Myself.”
Every obstacle, every problem, every attack is allowed and designed to teach you to become more like Jesus. That’s why every problem comes with a provision attached to it. As Christians, we must stand in the midst of the problem, knowing God’s promise, and expect a provision. All things work together for good in the economy of God. There are no Great Depressions or stock market crashes. “Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ?” Paul asked in Romans 8:35. Nothing, he answers a few verses later: “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I am convinced, in fact, that all of the things Paul mentioned are actually designed to reveal God’s love for us.
When we craft a prayer, our crisis becomes an opportunity for God to work. Everything is useful to our growth in the spirit because God is for us in every situation. Look at the list of what cannot separate us from the love of God: accusation, condemnation, tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, exposure, peril, the sword, death, life, angels, principalities, things present, things to come, height, and depth. It doesn’t matter how big and powerful the thing against us is — God has made us more than conquerors. Prayer is about certainty. There should be boldness in our hearts when we pray. Heaven is listening to our prayers. Everything in God’s heart wants to tell you, “This is what I want to do. Pray like this.”
Jesus said in Mark 11:24,
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them.”
When we pray in the will of God, whatever we ask will be given. There is no difference between an anointed prayer and an unanointed prayer. Prayer is prayer to God. Sometimes our emotions are present with our faith; other times, they’re not. Fortunately, God is so good that He will look at us, even when we’re so lost we cannot put a prayer into words, and say, “Just groan, I’ll understand what you mean. I promise.” God can and does interpret our groans.
Crafted prayer is a wonderful tool. We can look at our situation, take time to study the Word, take time for thanksgiving, and bring our heart into line with what God wants to do. Then we craft a prayer that covers the whole issue. Write your prayers out, over and over, until you feel it seep into your heart. Write them with your friends, helping one another, learning from one another, and inspiring one another. Then commit yourself to praying the crafted prayer.
–An excerpt from Crafted Prayer
An Exercise in Crafting a Prayer:
- Practice writing a crafted prayer for a circumstance in your life.
- To do that, ask the Lord what He wants you to accomplish in the situation you’re in and what He wants to accomplish through you. Write down any thoughts or words that God gives you.
- Eventually take these initial words and thoughts back to the Lord and pray for further clarification and write down any insight you receive.
- With those thoughts in mind, take your crafted prayer back to the Lord and ask for confirmation or alternation, if necessary.
- From here move into a time of proclamation of what God will do based on your faith in Who God is and your understanding of His will. Accept that God will do things in His own time and way. As God leads you, continue to pray and proclaim with confidence about what God has shown you until a resolution comes.
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