How to Pray with Greater Faith (One Master Key)

There are many principles of prayer. However, the underlying secret to faith-filled prayer has never changed.

It is intimacy with God.

Our faith is not in a type of prayer, a principle or a formula; our faith is in a Person.

Faith_Filled_PrayerThe writer to the Hebrews says:

‘And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.’ (Heb 11:11)

Why was Sarah able to have faith and conceive? Because she considered God faithful—true to His Word.

The Greek word translated faith, pistis, means to have a belief and an unshakeable conviction about the truth of something. It means fully confident and trusting. (Strongs G4102)

What wonderful news!

Faith is not about trusting in your own condition, your own ability or works—and that includes your ability to pray.


The Key to Abraham’s Faith

What was the secret of Abraham’s overcoming faith?

Abraham knew God and he had a relationship with Him. Flowing from that relationship came Abraham’s unwavering conviction that:

  • God is a Keeper of His promises, and
  • God has the power to fulfil those promises (regardless of what things look like in the natural realm)

‘Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.’ (Rom 4:20-21)

When you have an unyielding conviction about the nature of God—in particular, His faithfulness—you have the bedrock foundation for faith.


Prayer is not a Formula

Biblical principles of prayer are powerful. They are also diverse. It is almost impossible to use every Scriptural approach to prayer all at once!

We need to remember that our breakthrough comes from intimacy with God, and responding to Him, not from a type of prayer we are using.

Faith-filled prayer is not about using a particular approach to prayer.

Sometimes, God is highlighting one particular truth because it is a ‘now’ word that He wants us to pay attention to. For a season, our faith is heightened by that revelation from God’s Word.

However, we must also continue to honour all Scriptural principles that we have learned about prayer.

Ask, ‘Holy Spirit, how are You leading me to pray?

If the Holy Spirit indicates that you are to use one approach to prayer, or press into a certain principle or Biblical promise concerning prayer, then do that.

Perhaps, persisting in prayer is the highest expression of your faith right now. Or maybe, the Spirit will lead you to stop petitioning and start praising. There may be some transactions He is calling you to make, such as repentance or intercession. He may direct you to stop praying and instead, speak atmosphere-changing words of life.


Faith is not a Commodity; it Flows from Relationship

Matthew 7:11 says: ‘If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’

Faith is not a commodity.

  • Faith arises from intimately knowing your Father, and His nature
  • It comes from having the revelation of His loving intention to give good gifts to you, His son, His daughter

Faith comes from having the conviction that your Father will reward your pursuit of Him.

Hebrews 11, the great chapter of faith in the Bible, highlights this master key:

‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’ (Heb 11:6)


Take Time to Listen

Are you seeking an answer to prayer? Take time to be with God.

Listen to His voice.

A relationship goes two ways. Having an intimate relationship with God means that you are taking time to listen.

‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’ (1 John 5:14-15)

When you have heard what God has to say, you can pray in agreement with His purposes. Knowing that He is a keeper of His promises, you will pray with greater faith.

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32 NKJV)


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17 Signs You May Be a Prophetic Intercessor (The Intercessory Prayer Gift)

Intercessory prayer is simply praying on behalf of others—and when this is teamed up with a prophetic gift it can be powerful.

Prophetic prayer occurs when we pray with insights (prophetic revelation) received from the Holy Spirit. We may receive these insights during prayer, or pray about revelation that has already been received.

We can all pray prophetically. However, a prophetic intercessor is not only equipped with insight from the Spirit—the prophetic intercessor becomes the vessel through whom the Spirit Himself prays.

‘In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.’ (Rom 8:26-27)


The Ministry of Prophetic Intercessory Prayer

Prophetic Intercession“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” (Ezek 22:30)

Anna is a Biblical example of a prophetic intercessor. She poured years into her God-given assignment of praying in the temple, leading up to Jesus the Messiah’s birth. (Luke 2:36-38)

It has often been said, that not all intercessors are prophets; however, all prophets are called to intercede. And in the Bible, we see specific examples of those in a prophetic office who took time to intercede for those people and situations they ministered into. [1]

So if you have a prophetic calling, I encourage you to read and be inspired by the list in this article, even if you do not see yourself as a prophetic intercessor.


Signs of the Intercessory Prayer Gift and Calling:

Following are some of the signs that I have observed (and personally experienced) in those who have a calling to the ministry of prophetic intercession. The first three signs are common to all of those who have a calling to the ministry of prayer:

  1. You believe that God has called you to pray and you love to pray more than most people do
  1. You place a high value on prayer and sometimes wonder why (or get frustrated when) others do not share it
  1. You have seen significant answers to your prayers

Specific Signs Related to a Prophetic Intercessory Prayer Gift

If you are called to the ministry of a prophetic intercessor, you will find that you relate to some or many of the following additional things:

  1. You tend to pray more at times when you feel urged by the Holy Spirit (you may know this as a ‘burden’ of prayer).
  1. Prayer is easy for you when you sense that the Holy Spirit has given you a specific burden or assignment. However, you find it  harder to pray when people assign prayer to you as a task, or give you lists and times to pray (unless you feel drawn by the Spirit to these). In the past, you may have been intimidated by those who are ‘task intercessors’, who happily spend hours praying over lists. [2] However, God is calling you to embrace your particular gift and calling and see it as He does—highly valued and powerful.
  1. You receive revelation from the Holy Spirit concerning what to pray and how to pray. You may receive prophetic insights concerning the situation you are praying about, to pass on or to pray further into.
  1. You may be more spontaneous in the expression of your prayer gift than others who are gifted in prayer.
  1. You have a strong sense of intimacy with the Holy Spirit when you pray—and this fuels your prayer life.
  1. Travail is familiar to you—a sense of birthing the purposes of God—and you may have experienced wordless groans or weeping in your prayer times. In this, you can identify with Hannah (1 Samuel 1:10-13) and Elijah—who prayed for rain in the birthing position (1 Kings 18:41-44).
  1. You do not always need to have specific knowledge about what you are praying for. Sometimes you pray in the realm of ‘mystery’. (1 Cor 14:2) It is enough for you to know that the Spirit has called you to prayer.
  1. When you have a prayer assignment, it may feel as though you are personally involved and invested in the situation. You may have a sense of identification in the Spirit with those you are praying for. You may feel what they are feeling, or sense God’s heart towards them, such as compassion, grief or mercy.
  1. You know the ‘secret place’ of prayer. Your prayer life is often hidden, and sometimes not understood or appreciated by people. However, your reward is found in the Presence of God.
    (As with all prophetic gifts and ministries, the ministry of prophetic intercession flourishes in local church community and benefits from oversight. It is a temptation for those with a prophetic prayer ministry to isolate themselves, especially if they feel misunderstood.)
  1. You experience a deep sense of satisfaction in prayer—especially in being at the right place, at the right time for your God-given assignment to pray on behalf of a person, group, region or situation.
  1. You may be sent by God to be in certain places at particular times to intercede on behalf of a situation, person or region, especially if you are a prophet-intercessor operating in a ‘prophetic office’ ministry.
  1. Your journey has been lonely at times. Even those around you who love prayer do not always understand the dynamics of prophetic intercessory prayer. You may have experienced some unusual manifestations of the Holy Spirit whilst praying (Rom 8:26-27), that others do not understand. (Note: It is very important that we focus on the fruit of the prayer, and the message of the prayer, rather than manifestations, when communicating to others).
  1. One of your challenges has been to learn to fully release the burden of the Spirit in prayer—not to hold onto it. You have also had to learn not to personalise or hold onto the emotion that identification (point 11) can sometimes bring with it.
  1. You prefer prayer meetings that have some room for listening to and being led by the Holy Spirit in prayer.
    (Note: This does not mean that other types of prayer meetings are wrong—we must always honour others who lead prayer meetings, regardless of their culture, methods or emphasis. They are not wrong—just different to us)

The Prophet-Intercessor

The ‘Prophet-Intercessor’ is someone who has a five-fold ministry office of a prophet (Eph 4:11-13), and who also has a primary calling and gifting of intercessory prayer. As mentioned in point 14, above, a prophet-intercessor may be stationed or sent by God to specific places to pray and make prophetic declarations.

A prophet who is an intercessor will have a greater level of authority in prayer and prophetic ministry, than a prophetic intercessor. He or she may be used by God to minister through prophecy and intercessory prayer in significant arenas—these may include nations or regions, governments, education, business and church movements.


Is Intercessory Prayer a Spiritual Gift?

Is prophetic intercession, or intercessory prayer, a spiritual gift? I personally believe so. The prophetic intercessor is graced and anointed to pray. One way of looking at this, is to see prophetic intercessory prayer as an expression of the prophetic gift.

Our God who created the snowflake and fingerprints gifts His people in many unique ways. Those of us who are prophetic intercessors know, when we find others who have a like calling, that we have found one of our own ‘tribe.’

Intercessory prayer is a significant ministry—and eternity will reveal the fruit and power of the hidden work of prophetic intercession.


Notes:

[1] Some examples: Moses intercedes for Israel (Exodus 34:8-9), Daniel for the Jews (Dan 9:33-35), Jeremiah for Jerusalem (Jer 14:20-21) and Elijah prayed for the drought he prophesied to begin and end (James 5:17-18)

[2] For insights about different prayer gifts, I highly recommend Intercessors Discover Your Prayer Power, by FEMRITE, T; ALVES, E; KAUFMAN, K.  2000.  Ventura : Regal.


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Get Ready for Divine Acceleration and Answers to Prayer

Answers to PrayerThe word ‘gobsmacked’ is Australian slang and it means astonished to the point of being speechless. And I have to say that recently, I have been utterly gobsmacked by some answers to prayer.

It is always an awesome thing to see the Holy Spirit at work in the hearts of people to bring about God’s purposes—this is what He loves to do.

I believe Father is saying, ‘Get ready to see sudden answers to some things that you have been praying about for a long time.’ Perhaps there are situations and people that you have sown prayer and tears into over many years that are coming to your mind right now.

It’s time to have a shift of mindset, from waiting for an answer that seems to be a long time coming, to keeping our eyes open to see what Holy Spirit is doing now.


Get Ready for Rhoda Moments

“Son of man, the Israelites are saying, ‘The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.’ “Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.’” (Ezek 12:27-28)

When the angel broke Peter out of prison (Acts 12), Peter turned up at the house where members of the church were praying. He knocked at the door—and the girl Rhoda was the one to answer.

Rhoda was so astonished and overjoyed to see Peter that she couldn’t think or act straight. Instead of letting Peter in the door, she left him on the doorstep and went to tell the praying group that he was there. If she had been thinking coherently, she would have let him in straight away.

  • While they were praying, God was sending His angel and setting events in motion to set Peter free.
  • While they were still praying, the answer—Peter—arrived on their doorstep.

We should never stop being amazed at the way God answers our prayer.

Get ready to see Divine acceleration at work! Prepare to see the Holy Spirit move upon those you love.

Get ready for ‘Rhoda moments’ when you are so amazed at what God has done that you are rendered speechless. God is coming through for you.


The ‘Now’ Quality of Prayer

‘As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed.’ (The angel Gabriel to Daniel, Dan 9:23)

When you pray, believe that something is being released ‘now’. This is the prayer of faith. As soon as Daniel began to pray, the angel Gabriel was released in answer to his prayer.

‘Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.’ (Dan 10:12)

Even though it took time for God’s messenger to show up, Daniel’s prayer was being fruitful and active in real time—‘now’ time.

It took time for Peter to show up at the door, but while they were waiting and praying, the prayers of those gathered at Mary the mother of John Mark’s house were already being answered. (Acts 12:1-19)

Your prayer releases the resources of Heaven.

Catch the revelation of your prayers being answered now, in ‘real time’ and your faith will explode.


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3 Ways You Can Be A Friend Of God

When you consider the question, ‘Do you want to be a friend of God?’ does something stir in your heart?

Being a friend of God, as well as His son or daughter, resonates strongly with those of us who are called to prophetic ministry and prayer.

Friend of GodThis is because friendship speaks of intimacy, mutual exchange and trust.

In the Bible, there are two people whose friendship with God stands out. These are Abraham and Moses:

  • ‘And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.’ (James 2:23)
  • ‘The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.’ (Exodus 33:11a)

How to be a Friend of God

1. Be a Friend of God by Taking Time to Listen to Him

Jesus said, ‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’ (John 15:15)

Amazing—Jesus wants to let you know what He is up to, and what His Father’s plans are!

When you value God as a friend, you place worth on His thoughts, and what is on His heart. When He wants to talk, you are ready and listening.

Abraham took time to listen to God’s intentions—including things that were uncomfortable to talk about. In Genesis 18, God says “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” (Gen 18:17) He is about to pass judgment on two cities, but He gives Abraham the opportunity to discuss it with Him first.

Moses also listened as God shared His thoughts and plans, along with His frustrations. In Exodus 33, God shares with Moses His grievances concerning Israel.

These encounters were valuable to God and He has recorded them in Scripture because He wants you to know about them. Friends spend time together.

As a friend of God, you care for God and love Him as a Person, not just for what He can do for you.

  • You can be someone with whom God can entrust His desires, His grievances and His intentions.
  • You can listen as He shares what causes Him pain and what brings Him joy.

2. Be a Friend of God by Having Courageous Conversations

Friends are open and honest with each other. There is freedom in their relationship; they have open and courageous conversations that strengthen their friendship.

Friends go beneath the surface, beyond exchanging pleasantries, to ‘deep and meaningful’ conversations.

A remarkable thing about Abraham and Moses is that the Bible records lengthy conversations between them and God. Conversations where critical issues are at stake.

When God announces His plans for Abraham’s destiny, Abraham believes, but he also asks God questions. In Genesis 15, we can read this frank and open conversation.

As a friend of God, you esteem Him with your honesty. When He says ‘This is what I want to do with and through you’, take the conversation deeper. Ask questions.

It’s not a sign of unbelief, it’s a part of your friendship with God. You are giving Him an opportunity to disclose more to you.

When God planned to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, the Angel of the Lord paused to explain to Abraham what was going on, and why. (Gen 18) Abraham had the boldness to question God, to challenge His intentions, and to ask for mercy on behalf of the righteous.

Moses also had a courageous conversation, in Exodus 33. God was threatening to withdraw His Presence from Israel. Did Moses change God’s mind? Or—did God need an intercessor right at that time, so that the outcome He intended all along could be fully brought about?

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

God is seeking friends who are willing to have honest conversations with Him and who will be champions for the people and issues that are on His heart.


3. Be a Friend of God Through your Obedience

‘By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.’ (Heb 11:8)

Friendship is costly. Friends make sacrifices for one another.

Jesus said, ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.’ (John 15: 13-14)

What was the context of James’ reference to Abraham’s friendship with God? It was his obedience to God in the matter of sacrificing Isaac. (James 2:21-24) Abraham not only listened to God’s intentions, he demonstrated faith and followed through in obedience.

Listen to God, but don’t stop there. The true test of your friendship with God is what you do when you walk away from that conversation.


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The Tipping Point of Prayer—God’s Answer is on its Way

Today I believe God wants to encourage you in relation to answers to prayer—especially in circumstances where you have prayed for a long time about a situation or person.

Tipping Point of Prayer‘Tipping Point’ is a phrase that is commonly used today—and one that the Holy Spirit has recently been bringing to my attention. The term ‘tipping point’ originated in the science of physics:

Imagine an object that is balanced, but if you were to add a small amount of weight, you will cause it to topple—that is the tipping point.

‘A tipping point may be an addition or increment that in itself might not seem extraordinary but that is unexpectedly, just the amount of additional change that will lead to a big effect.’ [1, 2]

A tipping point is often considered to be a turning point—especially, the time at which a change or an effect cannot be stopped.

The tipping point of prayer is the moment at which God moves in response to persistent prayer, to bring about His answer.


The Tipping Point of Prayer

In Luke 18, Jesus taught a parable about a widow who was seeking justice from an ungodly judge, who couldn’t have cared less about her.

However, because she persisted, and she kept returning to him again and again, there came a moment—a tipping point—when she pestered him for the last time. The unrighteous judge said, ‘that’s it! I’ve had enough! I will give her what she wants!’

And Jesus said how much more will our just God and Father answer the prayers of His people who keep crying out to Him.


Prayer like Incense

The Psalmist says, ‘May my prayer before you be like incense…’ (Psalm 141:2) We read in the book of Revelation of the golden bowls full of incense, being ‘the prayers of the saints.’ (Rev 5:8, 8:3)

God collects our prayers! Our prayers accumulate before the throne! In fact, God not only collects our prayers, He collects our tears.

‘You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?’ (Psalm 56:8, NKJV)

To those of you who have been praying for a long time—you may have been praying for family members to come to God, for a miracle, or for situations to shift:

Hear the Lord is saying:

‘Your prayers are fragrant to Me, they are an offering. Know that your prayers are not being wasted. I have savoured and collected every one. The tipping point is on its way when I pour out the accumulated power of those prayers into the answer and the breakthrough.’

Don’t stop short of the tipping point! This principle is why Jesus said of prayer:

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)

The verb is in the present continuous tense in the Greek: ‘ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking.’

As you continue to persevere in prayer, there is going to come a tipping point, when the answer to your prayers is going to break loose.


Our Father is not Reluctant to Answer Prayer!

Martin Luther said, “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.”

Sometimes, we pray as though God needs to be convinced—as though we must try to persuade Him out of a position of reluctance, when the opposite is the case.

The Holy Spirit is eager to move on our behalf. All of Heaven, including the angelic host, awaits the word of the Father, and our prayer of agreement, to perform God’s will on earth.

Through continuous prayer, you get into alignment with the Father’s desires and what is on His heart. And then, the moment, the tipping point comes. Heaven breaks loose the answer to your prayer.

The tipping point of prayer is the moment at which God moves in response to persistent prayer, to bring about His answer. And that answer is on its way.


Notes:

[1] See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipping_point_(sociology)

[2] See http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/tipping-point

The phrase, ‘tipping point’ is also used in business, to describe the point at which an idea, product, or issue crosses a certain threshold and gains significant momentum. See http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tipping-point


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