We are to imitate our Heavenly Father. In the beginning God saw darkness cover the earth, He then said, “let there be light.” God spoke of what He wanted not what he saw. God did not talk about the darkness, of how bad it was nor how dark it was, He only declared what He wanted, light to be. We must learn how to say what God say’s about us, our world and others. We must line our words up with God’s Word or we will start speaking what we see negatively and give power and energy to the negative things around us.
Man’s authority is in earth because in the beginning man was given dominion over the earth. This dominion was stolen at the fall but Christ returned dominion back to those who are in the kingdom of God. When we are in fellowship with our Heavenly Father we can change things on earth and in the spirit realm through prayer. We are told, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” That is to say if we want to stop spiritual wickedness in high places or stop the enemy in the earth, we must declare it in the earth and use our God given authority.
This is a principle God gave us to use to bind and stop the enemy that are seeking dominion over our space and in the spirit realm even though we may not see it in the natural. We should pray as God has directed us, to take our authority to bind the attacks of the enemy and to loose bondages, whether it is in mind, in body or in spirit. Jesus has given us the authority and the ability to loose blessings. We are to decree and declare the blessing of God in the earth.
We must trust God to be faithful to His word this is the spiritual principle, believing and not doubting in our hearts God’s word is true. This is how we walk by faith and not by sight, we are not to let our experiences dictate our belief or what we see going on in the natural. Just because we may not see it manifested in that that moment we trust God to be faithful to His word.
Daniel prayed to God and God answered at the very time of Daniel’s prayer but the angel with the answer was hindered by the enemy 21 days. Sometimes there may be a battle and the enemy wants to see if he prolongs and hinders the answer to our prayers if we would give up and say God’s word does not work. Let God be true and every man and demon be a liar, because in the end you will see the blessing of the Lord if you faint not.
God is in control of heaven and in the beginning God gave man authority in the earth to make earth like heaven. When we pray we are to take the authority God has given us to have dominion over our situation and circumstances. When we operate in the power of the Living God, the Holy Spirit living in us we are drawing on His power and our authority to change our circumstances and we give Him thanks for the power and authority to change our situation. Through faith in Jesus we are given the Power of the Holy Spirit and He lives in us. Through prayer we are connected to our Source, we are strengthened when we are in communion with God and He reveals to us how we are to intervene in our lives, families, circumstances and situations.
Matthews 18:18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
This is a powerful spiritual principle that we who are in the kingdom of God have access to. Just as gravity is a powerful natural principle in the earth, the principle of binding and loosing is a spiritual law and it will not falter. God say’s whatever you bind and loose on earth will be bound and loosed in heaven though it may tarry or be prolonged it will come to pass if you just believe.
Another spiritual law is the principle of unity when two or more come together on one accord. There is power in unity and when we pray in agreement with someone, Jesus said it shall be done by my Father in heaven. We all understand doubling or tripling a string or rope will make it much stronger than the one string. It is the same in the spirit, “one can chase a thousand and two can chase ten thousand” because God is with us. God has given us family, friends, and the Holy Spirit so that we may have unity with someone who understands our situations and will earnestly pray in agreement with us for our petition.
Matthews 18: 1-20 Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Deuteronomy 32:30 How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up?
Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
The prayer of faith is simple. Faith simply believes what God has said. Jesus said we can move mountains with this faith but we must believe and not doubt. It does not take much faith to move a mountain. Faith as small as a mustard seed, which is one of the smallest seeds, but it is the doubt that the enemy tries to have us focus on to void our faith.
The enemy would have us focus on, our doubt and our past experiences and our family history rather than believe God’s word and have faith in His truth. The whole fallen world is filled with doubt and unbelief because they have no relationship with God, no history with God’s performing His word and this can lead to people’s failing faith because of such negative doubt and unbelief.
God has provided a way for us to grow in our faith, through listening to His word and continuing to listen to what God says. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Hearing is a present ongoing process not a past action. Our faith grows as we continue to stay and listen to His Word until it is so engrained in our spirit that it is rooted in our every day, every moment life style.
Our faith grows as we hear the word of God, because our mind is being renewed to God’s ways and our belief is strengthened. Our doubt withers and shrinks because it is not being feed by the naysayers of the world or the lies we believe from life experiences. It is then we say let God be true and every man, situation and experience be a liar.
Mark 11:22-24 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Anointing with oil is a process God has given for us to use when praying for the sick. We are to offer to pray in faith; this is the same process of believing God in your heart and not doubting. Jesus has purchased all we need and all authority was given to Him and He has given it to us who believe in Him and the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are to pray believing what God has said about the matter is true. God says if anyone is sick, let them call the elders, a mature person in the Body of Christ, and let that person anoint them with oil and pray the prayer of faith. Believing they received what they have prayed for in the spirit realm and waiting for it to manifest itself in the natural, because of God’s word.
The prayer of faith is the same process of prayer we prayed to be born again. God said if we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, then we were saved. Praying the prayer of faith for healing the sick is the same principle, we must believe in our hearts God has healed and then we speak it with our mouths. This is an act of obedience to the word of God. When we were saved our faith was in the completed work of Jesus on the cross.
We knew we could not save ourselves so our faith rested in Jesus payment for our eternal salvation. The same is for any manifestation of God’s supernatural gifts we receive in the earth, be it healing, peace, joy or prosperity it is all received on the completed work of Jesus Christ and our faith in what He has purchased for us.
When we anoint with oil in the name of Jesus, signifying our belief in His completed work and pray the prayer of faith, not doubting in our hearts, believing this person is well, the Lord will raise him up. God is true to His word; God forgives and heals because of our belief in what Jesus has already done at the cross.
Faith is trusting God with the outcome and the result of our prayer. He may heal instantly, it may be a process of healing but God is faithful if we do not doubt. We may never know how God will answer our prayer but we can be confident that He will and He will work everything out for the good of His people and for His glory.
James 5:14-15 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Effectual prayer believes and says what God says concerning a matter.
2 Corinthians 4: 13 It is written: “I believed; therefore, I have spoken. Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.