There has been something that has been stirring in my soul for some time now. Part of me hesitates to share it because I know that not everyone will agree with what I am saying. Then on the other hand I have felt like I am going to burst with what I feel God has put in my heart and what has been confirmed various times in recent weeks.
I mention the Spanish church that we attend quite often. When we first began attending there, one thing I noticed right away is powerful way they pray. They do a lot of declaring during those prayers. In the past I guess I kind of had the feeling that declaring one thing or another was something to be skeptical of. Growing up, I think we may have referred to it as “name it and claim it.” Heresy even. So I didn’t put much stock or faith into that kind of thing. Maybe I even tuned prayers like that out. But you know something? The more I listened and understood, the more my thoughts and beliefs changed. They were declaring the Word of God. There is power in His Word. His Word is alive and it is life and truth. So then how can declaring His Word and what we know about Him to be true be wrong ?
As Christians I do know that we will go through trials and times of suffering. The Bible talks about that a lot, so I don’t think declaring will keep those times from coming. I also don’t believe this to be a “formula” to make God do something…or grant me my wishes. Not at all. I do however see it as life giving and in a way taking back what the enemy has stolen and countering lies I have believed in my life. It’s believing with all that I am that He is who he says. I know that God’s ways are higher and we may not understand why some prayers turn out different than we hope or believe. ( Isaiah 55:8,9) But He is always faithful and always good. His character never changes. He has the final word.
A couple of weeks ago the little girl with leukemia that we prayed over at the end of January passed away. She was only 11 years old. It was devastating and I couldn’t stop crying when I heard the news. I was heartbroken because I truly believed she was going to be healed and her health restored. I cried for her family who lost a daughter and sister. And yes, I did ask God “why?” Some things we will never know that answer to. Ultimately she was healed because she is with the Lord now and free from all the pain she suffered on earth.
Words have power. Life and death are in the tongue..( Proverbs 18:21) I have started speaking out loud during my quiet times the truth…scripture verses for healing, my children on who they are in Christ; chosen and beloved, and that He who began a good work in them will be faithful to complete it. They are God’s masterpiece and no weapon formed against them will prosper. Also verses on fear/anxiety. It’s only the beginnning but I can honestly say it has been life -changing and faith activating. It was a bit weird for me at first to be saying Bible verses out loud rather than just reading them silently, but over time it has become easier. Especially since I am alone and Dale is sleeping at that early hour and the only audience I have is the Lord. I also went online and found declarations that line up with His Word in regards to healing and also looked up declarations you can pray over your children. I have been speaking them out loud. I posted a few scriptures on the board above my desk along with the declarations as a constant reminder. I guess you could say it is my prayer board.
I was working on my homework for the Bible study I am a part of, and read something that totally confirmed what I have been feeling..
2 Corinthians 4:13 We have the same spirit of faith that is described in the scriptures when it says, first I believed, then I spoke in faith. So we also believe, then speak in faith.
When you read the Scriptures, believing them with that same spirit of faith Paul talked about, think of the process as inhaling. Then when you speak them, think of the process as exhaling. Get the idea? Nothing suplies more divine oxyden on your quest than breathing in the Scripture by faith. Subsequently, nothing applies power to your feet like breathing in Scripture out through speech.
Practice the approach with 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. (We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; 9. we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.)
Read it, believing and receving it by faith, and then 2) speak it out loud with boldness. Countless segments await you in scripture that can give you spiritual CPR when life is nearly killing you….Beth Moore..
Daniel 9:4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed you are a great and awesome God. You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two edged sowrd, cutting between the soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our inner most thoughts and desires.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
I want to challenge you to try reading the Word out loud. Look up verses for whatever you are going through….loneliness, depression, anxiety, health issues. Write them down. Believe them. And say them out loud and declare them to be true. I really do believe it will make a difference.
Psalm 18:30 God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises are true. He is a shiled to all who look to him for protection.