Pearl 11: Stop Pleading and Start Decreeing

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the
heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 2:6

I pose a simple almost obvious question today that could radically shift your spiritual life.....
Do you know how to pray?

It may seem like an odd question...Of course, I know how to pray. I will be the first to admit that I didn't know how to pray powerful effective prayer, and often it led me to questioning ...Where are you God? Don't you see our need? Obviously, need doesn't move God otherwise Africa would be the wealthiest country in the world. So what moves God? We will unwrap a few pearls along the way that speak to what moves the hand of God, but today we focus on effective prayer.

My prayers for most of my life sounded something like ...

Dear Heavenly Father, 
Oh how we need You to show up for us now. Father, we need healing and we need provision. Be with so and so who has cancer and if it is your will, please heal them...yada yada.....we need...please heal.....we need....please save...

You get the idea, right? I was on my knees PLEADING for my life to change, yet I wasn't seeing the change.

But then I saw that God raised me up, us up, and seated us in Heavenly places and I didn't have to plead, but rather use my authority to decree. Now, this is not a "name it and claim it "mentality, but rather standing on my positioning and the power of the Word of God knowing the word of God unleashed moves God!

RECALIBRATING....

The Word of God is not returned void.....Isaiah 55:11

The Sword of Spirit is the Word...Ephesians 6:17

So if we know we are seated in Heavenly places with the Word that is not returned void and the Word is also our weapon, it makes sense that we stop pleading and start decreeing according to the Word.

I saw fruit of my prayer life when I shifted my prayers to align to His Word....

When I need Wisdom, I search for what His Word says about wisdom and I declare it.
(Ephesians 1:17, James 1:5, Proverbs 3:13)

Thank you Father for the generous and abundant supply of wisdom that you have so freely given me without finding fault, because I believe. I cast down any doubt that may hinder my supply of wisdom and I stand on Your Word that wisdom is mine. Thank You for the spirit of wisdom and revelation that You impart so that I may know You better. My eyes are enlightened and I am assured of the hope to which You have called me. Happy am I because I have found wisdom and her proceeds are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies and nothing compares with her. She is a tree of life to those who hold her. Thank you Father that I am abounding in wisdom this day and every day forward.

Praying over my children
(Ephesians 3:17-19, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Psalm 91:11, Isaiah 54:17)

Father, I declare that my children know the love of God that goes beyond understanding and that they are rooted in that love. I declare that they are a new creation that the old is gone and they are made new in Christ. I declare that they take every thought captive and live from the mind of Christ confident of their identity because they are Yours. Thank you for the angels that you have sent concerning them in all their ways. No weapon formed against them shall prosper for they are the children of the most High God.

I challenge you to spend time over the weekend to find what the Word of God says about the circumstances of your life....do you need provision? Do you feel discouraged? Do you feel unworthy? Do you feel weary? Do you need help?

Then write out your prayers believing you have received the promises according to the Word, and stand on the Word of God regardless of how you feel in that moment.

I wonder how different my life may have been if I had not stood on His Word nine years ago when a diagnosis said Rochelle is out!

I SHALL NOT DIE, BUT I WILL LIVE AND SPREAD YOUR WORD.
Psalm 118:17

And here I am .......:)

Love Your Life,
Ro