Where Do You Pray From?
“I will give you the keys of heaven’s kingdom realm to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in heaven, and to release on earth that which is released in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 TPT
When you look at the map of the world, what do you think? What do you pray for? How do you feel? When you imagine the billions of faces–hungry faces, angry faces, kind faces–what pulses through your mind?
Or maybe it’s just opening Facebook. The news of murder, riots, and hateful comments spill across our screens and it becomes difficult to think. Over the last few days, the knot in my stomach hasn’t seemed to fully leave. Sometimes the mountains just look too big.
Do we need to start praying louder? Will our volume convince the sea to part? Or do we just need to pray longer? Maybe if we increase the amount of words that come out of our mouths, the storm will calm down. Are we supposed to just stop praying? Do we sit in silence and hope the mountain will throw itself into the sea?
I think I’ve done all of those things over the last week, to be honest. And I’ve begun to realize that while almost every way of praying is legitimate, how I respond to specific issues is incredibly important. How I pray over them reveals my revelation of God’s power and his will. Doubtful prayers don’t move mountains. Friends, when you look at the different countries on the map or even requests on a scrap of paper, you must choose to step into a wonderful realm of prayer that is driven by simple and childlike faith. And it won’t happen accidentally.
Though there are different ways to enter that realm, there is one thing that the Holy Spirit consistently brings up. What will change your prayers from vague, overwhelmed petitions to strong, confident declarations of the will of God is your location. It’s where you are praying from.
Ephesians 2:6 says, “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”
Do you pray to heaven or from heaven? It makes a big difference! When you read about the vast numbers of people who haven’t heard the name of Jesus much less developed a personal relationship with Him, it can become so overwhelming to pray with faith. When you hear of another tragedy in the news, it can be hard to speak out what the Lord wants you to even though you know it intellectually. In those moments of heaviness, start praying by worshiping the Lord.
Worship lifts you from frantically scrambling to find crumbs to sitting at the table of the King that is overflowing with abundance. Worship changes your location and worship can change your prayer life.
As you gaze on His powerful throne and fiery eyes, you will find yourself seated next to Him. And as impossible as it seems, when you realize that you’ve changed locations, suddenly the mountains–that seemed so big from down below–look very small. Hope floods your veins and your entire prayer time is changed.
You can pray something like this:
“Father, I thank You for Your holy and great name. You are so powerful and good and loving! Your glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. By the authority of Your Son, Jesus, I release the government of heaven over every single nation. I call them to turn and be healed! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
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