Recently, I have Googled to find information on such mysteries as whether my computer had signs of a Trojan virus (yes, and remedial software was suggested), and why my daughter’s cockatiel instantly shed a batch of feathers when unexpectedly knocked (a reflex action of self defence).
My standard response to any need for information is, ‘Let’s Google it.’ It seems that any knowledge on earth is now literally available at our fingertips.
But there are some problems and decisions in life for which there are no earthly solutions:
- When in need of provision
- At a crossroad facing life-changing decisions
- When a loved one is wandering far from God
- When no medical answers exist for a physical, mental or emotional health issue
These kinds of situations prompt us to turn to our heavenly Father for the intervention that only He can bring.
Understanding God’s Purpose is the Knowledge That Counts
- The key to miraculous breakthrough, according to James, is effective prayer (James 5:16-18).
- The key to effective prayer, according to John, is to pray according to God’s will (1 John 5:14-15).
- In order to pray according to God’s will, we need to know the Father’s heart and intent (Matt 6:10).
When it really comes down to it, and we are faced with the critical issues of life, it is not earthly knowledge that counts—but understanding God’s purposes for our situation.
This is the power of prophetic prayer.
What is Prophetic Prayer?
Prophetic prayer is when we pray using information that has been supernaturally revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.
We call this supernatural knowledge revelation.
Beyond The Curtain
It is as though there is a curtain between the natural realm and the realm of heaven.
And on this side of the curtain—the side we live in—is everything that we can know by natural means, for example, through our six senses. This includes Information Technology.
On the other side, are things that are only known in heaven:
- The eternal realm of past, present and future
- The realm of the Spirit and spiritual reality
- The realm of God—His knowledge, His desire, His plans
Revelation—the Greek New Testament word means uncovering, or disclosure—is when the Holy Spirit parts that curtain.
We catch a glimpse of what God has in store, or receive knowledge that the Father wants to disclose to us at that time.
God Wants to Reveal Mysteries to us
Those things on the other side are a mystery to us. We cannot discern them by natural means. But we can discover them with the help of the Holy Spirit.
This concept of the ‘mysteries’ is a biblical one.
In 1 Cor 13:2-3, Paul says,
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.’
That word mysteries in the NT GREEK is ‘musterion.’ The Vines Concordance has this to say about it:
In the NT [mystery] denotes…that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit .
When Jesus’ disciples asked Him why He spoke to the crowds in parables, His response was:
“Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. Matt 13:11-12
The Power of a Prayer Language.
The gift of a prayer language is a powerful tool that can help us access this realm of revelation.
The Apostle Paul said,
‘Anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.’ 1 Cor 14:2-3
That word translated ‘mysteries’ is—again—the Greek word, ‘musterion.’ It also means ‘secret.’ When we pray in the Spirit using the gift of tongues, we are praying heaven’s secrets—things that haven’t been revealed in the earth realm yet.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. (Rom 8:27)
How to Exercise Prophetic Prayer for Breakthrough
There are many ways that we can use supernatural revelation that the Holy Spirit has revealed to us as we pray. Here are 5 types of prophetic prayer:
1. Receiving: Waiting on God, in prayer, or during prayer, for His insights (Hab 2:1)
2. Interceding: Receiving revelation whilst praying for people or circumstances, or using insights already received to pray for them (e.g. John 17:20-23)
3. Warfaring: Using revelationary knowledge to wage spiritual warfare in a prayer context (A great example of this is David, who prophesied Goliath’s downfall in 1 Sam 17:45-47)
4. Ministering: Using prophetic prayer in the context of ministering to people
5. Proclaiming: Using prophetic insight to make powerful declarations and commands (e.g. Ezekiel 37 valley of dry bones)
I believe that God desires to communicate His plans, purposes and Divine knowledge to us even more than we realise.
The challenge to all of us is, ‘Will we get into the place of intimacy with God where we can receive it?’
. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, (c)1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.
© Helen Calder 2010 Enliven Publishing
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