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July 2019 in Atlanta, GA
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“Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies, but raising holy hands to God.”
1 Timothy 2:8 MSG
It’s no secret that the key to success in the Kingdom is prayer. As Paul told Timothy, “prayer is at the bottom of all of this” (1 Tim. 2:8 MSG).
Through prayer, God enables you to experience heaven’s glory and transformative power right where you are—wherever, whenever, and for whatever you need.
If there was one simple thing you could do in any moment to change any situation, wouldn’t you do it?
You have been given an open line of communication to the Creator Himself; not only the Divine Change Maker, but the Grand Game Changer!
Through prayer, you are empowered by the Holy Spirit to:
1. Communicate directly with God;
2. Ascertain His will;
3. Fulfill His purpose and mandate;
4. Prevail against the enemy;
5. Manifest His gifts;
6. Walk in His grace;
7. Promote His Kingdom.
The Apostle Paul, who understood the power of prayer and its importance to every area of our lives, told us to saturate our days with prayer.
“Pray all the time…This is the way God wants you to live.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 MSG
In principle, we should pray for anything and everything—at any moment, in any mood, or to express any need. Sadly, for many, however, prayer remains a confusing mystery.
We need to be taught how to pray at all times, how to walk in the spirit in every circumstance, and how to practically live in the Kingdom every day of our lives.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.”
Philippians 4:6 NLT
This is why I’ve been teaching these principles and strategies for over thirty years—and developed eight powerful course intensives delivered over one immersive week during Kingdom School of Ministry.
Instead of retreating in fear, you have been given authority to charge ahead in faith, storm the gates of hell, and plunder the kingdom of darkness, while establishing the Kingdom of God in territories previously occupied by the enemy.
“[Until] the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
As you learn the art of prayer and spiritual warfare, you are able to build power hedges, prayer shields, and barriers around your life, marriage, family, and everything that needs to be protected from the destructive forces of the enemy.
As a believer, you are God’s representative and have the entire heavenly host to support you! You are a co-heir with Christ and are positioned with Him “far above all principalities and powers.”
Don’t neglect exercising your authority as a believer when you see a hurting world in need of God’s grace.
Scripture uses two Greek words to describe the power God gives believers engaged in spiritual warfare:
- Exousia: The power to act; authority
- Dunamis: Miraculous power, might, and strength
Jesus made a bold statement when He said, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19 ESV).
In other words, whatever you legislate on earth is legislated in heaven and whatever you annul on earth is annulled in heaven. Simply put, whatever you say “yes” or “no” to is established in the earthly realm.
God has given you His power and His weaponry to exercise authority over the enemy.
You have been instructed to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11-18 ESV).
Why? Because you and I—as the Church—are God’s primary tool in countering the forces of darkness.
“Through the church, the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 3:10 ESV
How? Through prayer!
Prayer is the weapon we use in spiritual battle, but unanswered questions keep many believers from wielding this tool effectively.
This is why I am passionate about training and developing you as a prayer warrior. This is why I have written dozens of books on the topic, and created an in-depth course on ‘Prayer and Spiritual Warfare’ along with seven other courses to empower you to maximize your Kingdom potential.
You must be diligent to study and put into practice what you learn from the Word of God.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.”
Timothy 2:15 KJV
So where do you go when you have questions? Yes, Kingdom School of Ministry…but even here, we always find what we need by looking to the Bible.
Here are some commonly asked questions you will find answered in the Word:
Who should pray?
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV).
Why should we pray?
“Because your adversary the devil…walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8 KJV).
Where should we pray?
“When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6 ESV).
When should we pray?
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV).
How should we pray?
“When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:7-8).
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them” (Mark 11:25).
For what should we pray?
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God” (James 1:5).
“The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up” (James 5:14–15).
“That you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9).
“That your love may abound more and more” (Philippians 1:9–10).
“Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38).
At the bottom of it all is prayer. All of our answers are found in prayer. Our strength is found in prayer, our hope, our peace, our healing, our wisdom, and most importantly, our fellowship with God.
It is said that anything we do consistently for 30 days becomes a habit, for 60 days becomes a discipline, and for 90 days becomes a lifestyle. Apply the strategy of “praying early” to your daily life and watch the supernatural hand of God work in powerful ways!
Stop to thank God now, in this moment, that everything you need is but a prayer away.
“He wakes Me up morning by morning. He wakes up My ear to listen as a follower. The Lord God has opened My ear, and I obeyed Him. I did not turn back.”
Isaiah 50:4-5 NLV