There is power in praying God’s Word. God’s Word brings life, light and the Holy Spirit into every life and situation. God’s Word is the sword of the Spirit and it cuts to the heart of things (Ephesians 6:17 and Hebrews 4:12). God views His Word as being holy and He exalts His Word over His name (Psalms 138:2). We can frame the very world around us by praying and decreeing His Word over people and situations (Hebrews 11:3 and Job 22:28).
We all face mountains, battles and struggles in this world. The best and most powerful way to get through them is by praying the Word of God over them. Jesus said if we had faith we could even speak to moutains to be removed out of our way and cast into the sea (Matthew 21:20-22). God’s Word has mountain moving power inherent within it. It also strengthens and builds our faith as well (Romans 10:17). When we pray the Word, faith is not only generated within us but released into the spiritual realm with the Word of God.
“Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:22-24).
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.
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, the United States 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
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 1:4-23 – “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 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 toward 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.”
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.”
Romans 9:15-26 – “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 had 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.”
- Releasing Faith into the Lives of Those He’s Chosen
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.
1 Corinthians 12:9 – “To another faith by the same Spirit.”
One of the nine manifestations of the Spirit is faith. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to release supernatural faith into people’s lives.
- 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 effective fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes 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 has 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 – “You will again have compassion on us; You will tread/subdue our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities 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 – “He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of His righteousness.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “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, 31-32 – “Neither give place to the devil. 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.
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.”
Let’s bare 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 – “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth (In earthen vessels) as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 11:12 – “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”
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 of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
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.”
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.”
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.”
- Federal Headship
In Adam, the federal head of the human race, we have all sinned and inherited an Adamic (sinful) nature. Even so, in Christ, we all inherit Jesus’ divine nature and righteousness. 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.”
- The Prayer of Jabez
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 – “Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain.’ And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.”
- The Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 – “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. 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 forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies (compassion), Who satisfies your mouth (years) with good things, So that your 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. “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one who hangs 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.
Having said that, 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 28:2-13 – “All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you… All peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. The Lord will grant you plenty of goods. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. The Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath.”
Deuteronomy 30:1-9; 30:11-15; 19 – “Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing… I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will turn your captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.
If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. Also the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. And you will again obey the voice of the Lord and do all His commandments which I command you today.
The Lord your God will make you abound (prosper) in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good. This commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”
- Divine Healing
Healing is provided for in the atonement. This has to do with complete and total healing – physical, emotional, mental, relational, natural and spiritual healing.
Exodus 15:26 – “I will put none of the diseases on you…For I am the Lord (Jehovah Rapha) who heals you.”
Isaiah 53:3-5 – “He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
Divine Healing is a touch of future resurrection power.
Romans 8:23 – “Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
Romans 8:11 – “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to (quicken) your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
- Restoration of All the Enemy has Stolen
Joel 2:17-27 – “Let the priests, the ministers to the Lord, Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, ‘Spare Your people, O Lord, And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?’ Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations. But I will remove far from you the northern army, And will drive him away into a barren and desolate land, With his face toward the eastern sea And his back toward the western sea; His stench will come up, And his foul odor will rise, Because he has done monstrous things.
Fear not, O land; Be glad and rejoice, For the Lord has done marvelous things! Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; For the open pastures are springing up, And the tree bears its fruit; The fig tree and the vine yield their strength. Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you—The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.”
- 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!
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.”
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, 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.”
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.”
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 – faithfully, 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.”
- The Goodness of God
Psalm 84:11 – “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
It should be noted, that though we are called to live uprightly, that any uprightness we have is of Him (2 Corinthian 5:21 and Isaiah 61:10).
Romans 11:22 – “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness.”
James 1:17 – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
Hebrews 9:11 – “Christ is come an high priest of good things to come.”
Psalm 34:7-10 – “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. O fear the Lord, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”
- Financial Blessings
Philippians 4:19 – “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
2 Corinthians 9:8 – “God is able to (will) make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
Isaiah 60:5 – “The wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”
Proverbs 13:22 – “The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”
Deuteronomy 8:18 – “It is He (God) that giveth thee power to get wealth.”
- The Outpouring of the Holy Ghost
Let’s earnestly seek the face of God for an outpouring and filling of His Spirit upon/in our lives personally, our loved ones, children, extended family, our churches, fellowships, leaders, our nation and the world in which we live. We know this to be the will of God, therefore, we can pray with faith and confidence that God will do exactly what we are petitioning Him for (1 John 5:14-15).
Again, the most effective way to pray is by praying the Word of God over those for whom we are praying. This assures us that we are praying in accord with God’s perfect will (Matthew 6:10). Let’s be careful not to interpret the following scripture according to our particular denominational and doctrinal slant or bias, but allow the Word to speak for itself as we speak it out to God and decree in prayer (Job 22:28).
After all, the Holy Spirit, the author or scripture, knows how to apply and interpret God’s Word better than the best theologians among us. We are desiring God to have His way through our prayer time. The whole purpose of prayer is the implementation of the will of God in the affairs of men on earth. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Scripture to pray for a visitation of God’s Spirit:
Joel 2:28-32 – “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.”
Isaiah 12:3 – “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
Isaiah 55:1 – “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yea, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.”
Matthew 3:11-12 – “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but He that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Luke 24:49 – “Behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
John 4:14 – “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 7:37-39 – “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. This spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”
John 20:22 – “When He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.”
Acts 1:4-5 – “Being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith He, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
Acts 1:8 – “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me.”
Acts 2:1-4 – “When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Acts 4:31 – “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with boldness.”
Ephesians 5:18-21 – “Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
Notice the parallel verse in Colossians:
Colossians 3:16 – “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
In Ephesians says we are to “be filled with the Spirit” and in Colossians we are told to “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” The context is nearly identical – Food for thought!
Isaiah 10:27 – “And 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.”
Releasing all the power and manifestations of the Holy Ghost
1 Corinthians 12:7-11 – “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will.”
Mark 16:15-20 – “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”
- Abiding in the Secret Place of the Most High
Psalm 91 – “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
- Enlightenment as to God’s Power at Our Disposal
Ephesians 1:15-23 – “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 hath 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 who fills all in all.”
- Strengthening of the Inner Man and Enlightenment of God’s Love and Power
Ephesians 3:14-21 – “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to His power that works in us, Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all generations, world without end, forever and ever. Amen.”
- Protection, Deliverance and Victory
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 – “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.”
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.”
Luke 10:18-19 – “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Romans 16:20 – “The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.”
Exodus 14:13-14 – “Do not be afraid! Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
Deuteronomy 20:4 – “The Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”
Psalms 68:1-3 – “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered: let them also that hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them rejoice exceedingly.”
Micah 5:9 – “Thine hand shall be lifted up upon/against thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.”
Isaiah 10:27 – “It shall come to pass in that day (this 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 43:2 – “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Isaiah 54:17 – “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me, declares the Lord.”
Isaiah 59:19 – “When the enemy comes in, like a flood The Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him.”
2 Kings 6:16 – “Fear not, those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
1 Peter 1:5 – “Who are protected by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Psalm 34:7 – “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.”
It’s significant to note “The angel of the Lord” is singular. This no doubt refers to the Lord Jesus Himself. He is the “captain of the host of the Lord” (Joshua 5:13-15). He is head and commander over all the angelic host of heaven (Hebrews 1:14).
- Placing Everything Under Our Feet
This has to do with placing every promise of God under our feet, the fulness of all He has for us, every enemy, every resistant spirit and all the forces of darkness.
Joshua 1:3 and 5 – “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Psalm 91:13 – “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.”
Matthew 16:18-19 – “Upon this rock (The confession of Christ) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Luke 10:18-19 – “And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power (authority) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Ephesians 1:19-23 – “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 hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.”
Ephesians 2:6 – “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 4:8-10 – “Wherefore He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.”
1 John 4:17 – “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.”
Revelation 1:18 – “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Romans 16:20 – “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.”
In Jesus Name
John 14:13-14 – “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
John 16:23-24 – “In that day you will ask Me nothing. Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” See also Mark 11:22-24.
This is the summation of my prayer time for myself and all those on my prayer lists. The brief passage below sums up everything and is praise for all God has done, is doing and will yet do on our behalf.
1 Chronicles 29:11-13 – “Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name.”
For further reading see: My Personal Prayer Time