“For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit…” Hebrews 4:12
This week, senior pastor Jimmy Seibert continued our series, The Power of Prayer, with a message on praying the Word of God. Whether praying for breakthrough in our personal lives or on behalf of other people, we can all get to a point where we aren’t sure what to pray. This is where we need the Word of God. When we pray the Words of God, it paves the way for Him to move.
THE WORD OF GOD IS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE WORDS OF MAN.
We need the Words and promises of God at the center of our prayers. Otherwise, we’ll run out of what to pray. When we declare Scripture over our lives and the lives of those we are believing for, we never have to worry about whether or not we’re praying accurately. The Word of God is always applicable and will never return void.
DECLARING SCRIPTURE IN OUR DEVOTIONAL LIVES //
- From the moment we wake up, we can use Scripture as our framework to lead us into worship and prayer. Jimmy gave the example of breaking down Psalm 103.
- “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name” // Start by worshipping and declaring the character of God.
- “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits” // Verse two calls us to declare who God is and recount the places where we have seen His goodness.
- This week take time to go through the next few verses of Psalm 103, and start your day by declaring the very Words of God.
- We also want to intentionally pray into the lives of those around us. It isn’t enough to just ask God to bless our family, friends, co-workers and others we’re believing for. Ask God for Scriptures and promises you can pray and declare. The Word of God can never be shaken, and if we are standing on His promises, we can pray with confidence for those around us.
ABIDING IN PRAYER //
- Scripture says to, “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) meaning we are continually invited to pray. Whether you are driving to drop the kids off at school, heading to work or walking to class, pray for the businesses and other places you pass. Ask God to bless the various places, and for Him to be glorified in every area of our city.
- If we’re honest, we forget to actually pray after we tell someone we’ll pray for them. If you are able, pause and pray for someone the moment they ask for prayer.
BREAKTHROUGH PRAYERS //
- We can be confident both in the character of God, and in the truth that His promises and Words will never return void. Whether you’re believing for breakthrough in your personal life, for your family or your city, ask God for a promise that you can declare in the midst of the waiting. The promises of God are not contingent on our circumstances. We need the promises of God to be our solid foundation that we can stand on.
We are invited to pray, and God gives us the very words to pray through His Word. As the people of God, we are the number one activators of the presence of God. It’s through our prayers that we see the presence and power of God unleashed in our lives.
IN RESPONSE //
- Ask God for a Scripture to daily declare over yourself. Write the verse on your mirror, a sticky note in your car or any other place that you’ll see every day. Continually declare the identity and promise God has for you.
- Corporate prayer ministry // If you are interested in getting plugged into all we have going on with our corporate prayer ministry, visit their website.