Much of the time I am tempted to pray for things that I actually already have;
‘Father please bless me today’… God says He HAS blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph 1:3)
‘Holy Spirit come…’ … Jesus said that God would give us the Holy Spirit, who would be with us forever. (John 14:16, 1 Cor 6:19, Titus 3:4-6)
‘Jesus please heal this person’… God says, by His stripes we ARE healed. (Isa 53:5)
So a lot of my journey with prayer recently has been learning to receive and believe what God has already given me for every situation that I face. This often looks like starting prayer from a posture of gratitude, re aligning my heart and mind to all that God has made available through Jesus. So for example, this is how I pray:
‘Father thank you for today, thank you that I have all sufficiency in You for everything that I have to do today (Phil 4:13) Thank you that You will give me wisdom about the things that I have asked You about, where I don’t know what to do (James 1:5). Thank you that You are faithful, thank you that You are trustworthy, thank you that You never leave me, thank you that You love me. Thank you that You are singing over me. Thank you that You are pleased with me, not disappointed (Zeph 3:17). Thank you that you know everything about me, every thought, worry and dream (Psalm 139). Thank you that You know my needs way better than I do and you are a really good Father, taking good care of me. (Phil 4:19) Thank you that I have nothing to fear.
Thank you that you are interceding for me (Rom 8:34). I am not alone, you know and see the things I face and you are not worried or afraid. Give me your perspective.
Thank you Jesus that I am powerful in the kingdom. Thank you that I have keys to unlock healing, salvation, deliverance and freedom for those around me (Isa 61) Thank you that I can be full of joy and hope all the time, because You - hope and joy himself - live in me (Rom 15:13).
What I find is that, by declaring God’s truth over all these areas, worries, concerns and little lies are nipped in the bud, before they grow bigger and rob my time and thought space. I come away stronger in the Lord and ever more convinced of His goodness and presence in my life. On average we have 30,000 thoughts a day. I find that if I don’t intentionally fill that thought space with truth, I can be buffeted by the cares and distractions of the world. Hence the need to constantly remind myself who God is and how He sees me in every situation.
Thea Muir (nee Gormley) has grown up going to Stewards’ Trust events with her family, and last year joined the youth team on a mission at Westonbirt School. She is married to Dom, and they have a son, Redemption. Thea runs www.iamsomanythings.com which started from the daily declarations of truth she spoke over herself.