Devotional: Praying God’s Word
There is no limit that we can set with our minds or our understanding as to what God can do in answer to our prayer. But the effectiveness of prayer is according to the power that works within us. Therefore, we have to learn how to cultivate the Holy Spirit, how to understand the Holy Spirit, how to yield to the Holy Spirit, how to let Him guide us and empower us in our prayers.
Therefore, I want to give you some examples of different kinds of prayers that the Holy Spirit can give.
The first is prayer based directly on God’s Word. You take a promise of God, turn it back to God and say, “God, do what you’ve promised to do.” David prayed like that in 1 Chronicles 17:23. God had told him that he was going to build him a family line, a house, that was much greater than anything David had conceived. But when David received this prophetic word from the Lord, he said this:
“And now, O Lord, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, let it be established forever, and do as You have said.
That’s the key, “Do as You have said.” When the angel Gabriel came to the virgin Mary to announce that she would be the mother of the Son of God, the Messiah, that was far above anything she had ever contemplated in her whole life but her reply was this:
“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38 )
That’s the key. You can never pray a more powerful prayer than when the Holy Spirit gives you release to claim a word of God in your experience.
Is praying God’s Word part of your current prayer life? What would help you to pray this way?
Lord Jesus, thank You for sending the Spirit of truth. He will guide me into all truth; and tell me things to come. Help me to pray in the Spirit and glorify you. Amen.