My Personal Prayer Time
This is a description or outline of my personal prayer time each morning. Hopefully, this will give many a place to begin in their own personal journey with God in prayer. My personal time with God didn’t begin here. It has been evolving for over forty years.
My time with the Lord in prayer is the most important thing I do. It should also become the most important thing in your life. Let our hearts constantly cry out to God, for we “have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
This is just an outline of my time with God each morning. As I go over many passages of scripture in my time with the Lord, I of course, elaborate on each aspect, as I speak them out to the Lord. Make your prayer time personal and your own. The Word of God is applicable to us all and every situation of life.
Psalm 141:1-2 – “Lord, I cry unto Thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto Thee. Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
Psalm 34:10 – “They that seek the Lord shall not want/lack any good thing.”
It should be noted that none of us will ever seek God on our own. “There is none who seeks after God” (Romans 3:11). We cannot nor will we ever seek the Lord out of our own volition. Prayer is a work of God’s grace upon our life. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
We must also understand that any faith we have does not come from us either. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing” (Romans 7:18). This also is a work of grace in our life, “according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).
Anything and everything of any value or worth in us comes from Him and from Him alone. “It is God who is at work in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Even in our seeking God – it all comes from Him, yet He promises that when we seek Him, we “shall not want any good thing” (Psalm 34:10), “and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Wow, what unfathomable grace He bestows upon us (John 1:16)!
Let me make a few points by way of introduction that may help:
Begin by building your faith as to God’s power and ability:
SEE: God is Able
Genesis 18:14 – “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?”
Job 42:2 – “I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.”
Jeremiah 32:17 – “Ah Lord God! behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.”
Jeremiah 32:27 – “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?”
Luke 1:35 and 37 – “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee… For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
Matthew 19:26 – “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Entering the Presence of God
- Praise and Worship
Psalms 100:4 – “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.”
Psalms 22:3 – “Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabits the praises of Israel” – Your people.
Acts 13:2 – “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said.”
How better to worship Him than with those in the heavenly scene:
Revelation 4:8-11 – “They rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And give glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Revelation 5:9-14 – “They sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever.”
Revelation 7:9-12, 15-17 – “I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Revelation 19:1-7, 11-16 – “After these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are His judgments: For He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.
I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon Him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.
And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.”
It’s interesting to note that they praise Him even for His judgments – Amen, Praise His matchless name!
- The Blood of Christ
Hebrews 10:19 – “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.”
- Grace and Mercy
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Notice, He says to “obtain mercy.”
Mercy is not giving us what we deserve – judgment! We come to Him with boldness to obtain mercy. In other words, there must be some reason or something we have done whereby we are in need of mercy.
We are often stand offish when coming to God after that we have experienced failure. This verse says, we should come the more boldly into His presence when we have failed because we are in need of mercy.
Psalm 32:10 – “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.”
Psalm 86:15 – “But Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”
Lamentations 3:23-24 – “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”
John 1:16 – “Of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
Ephesians 4:7 – “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”
- Right of Entry
Romans 5:2 – “By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Ephesians 2:18 – “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
“Access” is right of entry through the merits of another. We have the right of entry into the very presence of God through the merit of Jesus on our behalf. It is by faith in His finished work on our behalf.
Let’s exercise our right of entry into His presence on a daily and constant basis. Our right of entry has nothing to do with us or any merit of our own. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Our right of entry is based on the merit of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
Ask the Holy Spirit to Direct You
We do not have the ability, wisdom or knowledge to pray as we should. In fact, we would not even pray if the Holy Spirit didn’t place it in our heart to do so. “There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God” (Romans 3:11).
Let’s seek the Spirit’s divine aid in our prayer time.
Ephesians 6:18 – “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Jude 20 – “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”
Romans 8:26-27 – “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
As the Holy Spirit directs you and you elaborate on the scriptures you use in your conversation with God, it could possibly go on for an extended period of time. I believe that is at least one of the reasons Jesus had His prayer time early in the morning. It was said of Him, “In the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35).
I do pray in the Spirit intermittently which takes up a little more time, but praying in the Spirit is very powerful. “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” (1 Corinthians 14:2).
Pray the Word
I’ve found that praying the Word of God is the best way to pray. God’s Word is so much more powerful than anything we could ever think to say to Him (Hebrews 4:12). I have memorized a considerable amount of scripture over the years, so as the Holy Spirit brings other Bible verses to my memory (John 14:26), I throw them into the mix as well.
Joel 2:11 – “The Lord shall utter his voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth His Word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?”
Hebrews 1:13-14 – “But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
Job 37:5 – “God thundereth marvellously with His voice; great things doeth He, which we cannot comprehend.”
- God’s Word doesn’t return to Him empty or void. “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
- Coming into agreement with God’s Word. “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19). What better source of agreement is there than the Word of God!
- Decreeing His Word. “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways” (Job 22:28). Let’s decree the Word of God into the spiritual realm and watch the Holy Spirit bring it into the realm of reality.
- Framing our world. “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” (Hebrews 11:3). The world in which we live was formed by the Word of God. As we pray or decree the Word of God over the lives of those for whom we are praying, we are actually framing their lives and the world around them. We are molding or reforming our world when speaking and praying the Word over it.
- God watches over and hastens His Word to perform it. “Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten My Word to perform it” (Jeremiah 1:12).
- God honors His Word above His name. The Psalmist cried, “I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth: for Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy name” (Psalm 138:2).
- We are to remind God of His Word. “Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together; State your cause, that you may be proved right” (Isaiah 43:26). This is in essence wrestling with God in prayer as Jacob did (Genesis 32). We can also view it this way. We are reminding God of His Word, that we may prove that He is right.
- God’s Word is sent out through us in prayer to bring healing and deliverance. “He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Psalms 107:20). His Word is sent out through our declaration, decree (Job 22:28) and prayers to bring healing and deliverance to those for whom we are praying.
- God anoints His Word. God always anoints His Word! As we pray the Word over people, places, situations and the church, the anointing of God goes forth and releases people from their bondage, burdens and the yoke of the enemy from off their lives. “It shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” (Isaiah 10:27 KJV).
- The Word of the Lord speaks life into that which is dead. “Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:4-6).
When we prophecy the Word of the Lord, under the anointing of the Holy Ghost into that which is dead, whether it be those who are spiritually dead or dead things, situations and circumstances, God will breathe life into that which is dead. “He – Jesus breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” ~ John 20:22 (Study Ezekiel 37 in its entirety.)
Scripture to Pray
Do not simply read these scriptures, but use them as a starting point in your conversation with God. Take each aspect, elaborate on it as you converse with the Lord. Put your entire heart and soul into it.
As you speak the Word out in prayer, the Holy Spirit will begin to give you more and more revelation into God’s Word and as to how it may apply to you and those for whom you are praying. With revelation comes increased power and authority (Matthew 16:16-19). As a result, the power and authority you have in prayer will increase exponentially.
It is important to pray out loud. The Word must go forth audibly, spoken into the spiritual realm, releasing its power and authority and causing the powers of darkness to shutter. “They went to their own company, and lifted up their voice to God with one accord” (Acts 4:23-24).
I usually begin by naming off all those I am bringing before the Lord in prayer. This includes any and all prayer lists, our pastors, our ministries, Israel, my country and its leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3), our family, children, extended family members and myself. Don’t forget yourself!
A pastor I know, whom I have always held in high regard, once said he spent most of his prayer time praying for himself that God would encourage him. If he wasn’t encouraged he could hardly be an encouragement to others. Great Word!
- God’s Choosing and Positioning of Us
John 6:44 – “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:37 – “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”
James 1:18 – “Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”
John 1:13 – “Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
John 15:16 – “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.”
Ephesians 1:3-23 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
In whom we have redemption (deliverance) through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; Wherein He has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:
In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will: That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.”
Romans 9:15-29 – “For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew My power in thee, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth.
Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why hast Thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor? What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He hath afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As He saith also in Hosea, I will call them My people, which were not My people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, You are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
Isaiah also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. And as Isaiah said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.”
Ephesians 2:1-10 – “And you has He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;) And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come He might shew the surpassing riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.”
1 Peter 1:3-5 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Titus 3:5 – “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
2 Timothy 1:9 – “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
1 Peter 2:9 – “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.”
Revelation 1:6 – “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
- Releasing Faith into the Lives of Those He’s Chosen
The Measure of Faith: Romans 12:3 – “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
God has given to every person enough faith to believe and to see great things take place for His glory. Let’s release into people’s lives that which God has already promised – FAITH.
The Faith of the Holy Spirit – Manifestation of Faith: 1 Corinthians 12:7 and 9 – “The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal… To another faith by the same Spirit.” One of the nine manifestations of the Spirit is faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to release supernatural faith into people’s lives.
The Faith of God: Mark 11:22 – “Jesus answering saith unto them, have faith in God – have the faith of God, have God’s faith.” The Lord would not have told them, even commanded them, to have God’s faith if it was not possible. Be audacious enough to expect the faith of God to be released in your life and the lives of those for whom we are praying.
The Faith of Jesus: Romans 3:22 – “The righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.” The righteousness of God is originated or imparted by the “FAITH OF JESUS” unto all who will but believe. It is the “FAITH OF JESUS” and not our faith but is imparted to us who believe.
Peter, after the healing of the lame man at the gate of the temple, accredited the man’s healing to faith in or the “FAITH OF JESUS” (Acts 3:16). When the people began looking to them, as if the healing came from them, they were quick to point them to Jesus.
Release the “FAITH OF JESUS” into the lives of those for whom we are praying. “The righteousness of God” is imparted to us “by (the) faith of Jesus” as well as the power to transform people’s lives, situations and circumstances.
John 5:17 and 19 – “My Father works hitherto, and I work. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father doing.”
It is God’s will that we have all the aforementioned aspects of faith. Like Jesus, we must see the things we are praying and believing God for being translated from the spiritual realm into the earthly realm. “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
2 Corinthians 4:18 – “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
It was said of Abraham:
Romans 4:18-21 – “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
Let’s release faith into the lives of those for whom we are praying!
- Forgiveness and His Righteousness
It’s always best to begin with asking for forgiveness and declaring His righteousness over yourself and those for whom you are praying. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Psalm 103:12 – “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.”
1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:7 – “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Micah 7:19 – “He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
Romans 3:24-26 – “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.”
Isaiah 61:10 – “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of His righteousness.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
- Forgiveness of Others
If God has forgiven us such an insurmountable debt, what right do we have to withhold forgiveness to those who have offended and trespassed against us. Bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness will greatly hinder the grace and favor of God from our lives. We must release those for whom we are praying from all bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness and loose the love and forgiveness of God. Decree His Word of forgiveness over their lives.
Hebrews 12:15 – “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”
Colossians 3:13 – “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
Ephesians 4:27, 29-32 – “Neither give place to the devil. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Romans 5:5 – “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Forgiveness brings reconciliation. Jesus came to pay the penalty for our sins that we might be reconciled to God. Pray the Word of reconciliation over your people and the world in which we live. God’s Word is powerful and this world and every earthen vessel must heed His Word.
Let’s bear to weight all the power and authority of His eternal kingdom into the affairs of this earthly realm and every earthen vessel. Decree His Word over those for whom you are praying.
Matthew 6:10 – “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth (in earthen vessels and situations), as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 11:12 – “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”
Revelation 3:20 – “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”
Luke 12:32 – “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Luke 17:20-21 – “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here it is! or, lo there it is! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you – in your midst.”
Declaring Reconciliation with God Over Those for Whom You Pray
1 Peter 3:18 – “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
1 John 1:1-3 – “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:9-11 – “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
- The Joy of Reconciliation
Each of the following verses are in the context of us being reconciled to God. Walking in and living in fellowship with God has an inherent joy that comes with it. Let’s release the joy of fellowship with God into the lives of those for whom we are praying.
Now may “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion – fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Romans 14:17 – “The kingdom of God is… righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
1 John 1:4 – “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
Romans 5:11 – “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the reconciliation.”
1 Peter 1:8 – “Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
Psalm 16:11 – “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Psalm 32:11 – “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”
Isaiah 35:10 – “The ransomed of the Lord will return, they will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
Isaiah 52:9 – “Break forth into joy, sing together – shout for joy togther, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted His people, He hath redeemed Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 60:5a NIV – “Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy.”
- Federal Headship
Colossians 1:12-13 – “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet – qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power – domain of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – “For the love of Christ constraineth – compels us; because we thus judge, that if One died for all, then were all dead: And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.”
In Adam, the federal head of the human race, we have all sinned and inherited his Adamic (sinful) nature. Even so, in Christ, we all inherit Jesus’ divine nature and righteousness (2 Peter 1:3-4). In your prayer time, decree (Job 22:28) the federal headship of Jesus, His righteousness and obedience, over those for whom you are praying.
Romans 5:12-21 – “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- Put on the Armor of God
It’s amazing how few believers put on the armor of God everyday. We are in a real battle with a real enemy. It is incumbent on us to cover ourselves and those for whom we are praying with the needed protections for the day’s warfare. Let’s dress ourselves with His armor before beginning each day, while speaking and decreeing it over those for whom we are praying.
Ephesians 6:10-18a – “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”
- The Prayer of Jabez
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 – “Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”
- The Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 – “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth (in earthen vessels and situations), as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
- Our Benefits in Christ
Psalms 103:1-5 – “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
- The Blessing of Israel
There is a cursing that follows these two passages of scripture for disobedience. However, the curse itself does not apply to those who are in Christ. “For Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one who hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13).
That doesn’t mean there isn’t some differentiation between those who obey and those who do not. Jesus did say that, “to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Matthew 25:29). Therefore, more is given to those who are obedient, if for no other reason than a natural by-product of their obedience and the disobedient miss out on much of what they could have experienced.
There is also additional light given to those who respond in faith and obedience – “to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Matthew 25:29). “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the doctrine, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself” (John 7:17). If we obey God and His Word, additional light is given. If we fail to obey, the light given only goes so far down the road before it is cut off.
However, let’s be encouraged that God has given to everyone “the measure of faith,” spiritual light and substance. Therefore, let’s pray that according to even the little we may have that God will add to it an abundance – “to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance” (Matthew 25:29).
Remember, the curse itself does not apply to those who are in Christ. Jesus became a curse for us, He took our place and paid the penalty for us. Even when we fail, though there is inevitably a consequence to sin and a reaping of what we sow (Galatians 6:7), the curse itself was placed on Jesus as our substitutionary sacrifice (1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2; Romans 3:25). “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13).
The blessing of Israel is as follows:
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 – “”The Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And All these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and He shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee… All people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods – abound in prosperity. The Lord shall open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath: And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.”
Deuteronomy 30:1-9; 30:11-15; 19 – “It shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing… which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey His voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.
If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will He fetch thee: And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land… and thou shalt possess it; and He will do thee good, and multiply thee. And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all His commandments which I command thee this day. And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous – prosper you abundantly in every work of thine hand…, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good.
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good (life and prosperity), and death and evil (death and adversity); I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
- Divine Health and Healing
Divine health and healing is provided for in the atonement. This has to do with physical, emotional, mental, relational, natural and spiritual healing. Plead the blood of Jesus and God’s promises of divine health over those for whom you are praying!
Exodus 15:26 – “I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians – the world: For I am the Lord (Jehovah Rapha) that healeth thee.”
Psalm 103:3b – “Who healeth all thy diseases.”
Isaiah 53:3-6 – “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
1 Peter 2:24-25 – “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”
Divine Healing is a touch of future resurrection power.
Romans 8:23 – “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
Romans 8:11 – “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
- Restoration of All the Enemy has Stolen
The Bible says, “Do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore seven-fold” (Proverbs 6:30-31).
The devil is the thief who has come to steal kill and destroy (John 10:10a). Whether what we have lost in life is from the original fall of Adam and Eve, through direct attacks of the devil and his emissaries against us, or through our own sin, faults and poor choices, Satan is still the thief and source of our losses.
Let’s demand all that has been taken from us be restored seven-fold.
Joel 2:11, 17-27 – “The Lord shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth His Word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people, O Lord, and give not Thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Then will the Lord be jealous for His land, and pity His people. Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto His people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done monstrous things.
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and My people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and My people shall never be ashamed.”
- The Favor of God
Jesus was anointed to release the favor of God to His people. We are to do no less in our prayer time over those for whom we are praying. This is the year of God’s favor!
Exodus 33:14 – “And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.”
John 3:27 – “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.”
Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”
Isaiah 44:3 – “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My Spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring.”
Isaiah 66:2 – “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being, declares the Lord. But to this one will I look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My Word.”
Luke 4:18-19 – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”
Numbers 6:24-26 – “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Deuteronomy 15:6 – “For the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as He promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.”
1 Chronicles 4:10 – “Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 – “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil (not of calamity), to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.”
Isaiah 14:24 and 27 – “The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? And His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty – A victorious warrior; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will quiet you in His love, He will joy over thee with singing – with shouts of joy.”
Joel 2:20, 23 and 25 – “I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done monstrous things.
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He has given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you.”
Romans 15:13 – “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 – “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him – completely His.”
Decreeing open doors and opportunites
Revelation 3:8 – “Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it!”
Isaiah 43:19 – “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
- The Goodness of God
Psalm 27:13-14 – “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
Exodus 33:19 – “And He said, I Myself will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”
Deuteronomy 30:5 – “The Lord thy God… He will do thee good, and multiply thee.”
Deuteronomy 30:9 – “The Lord thy God will make thee plenteous – prosper you abundantly in every work of thine hand, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good.”