The Previous lesson was about spending time with God. How to spend time with God by seeking Him and being disciplined. Read lesson 1 first here.
By now we have established that you are earnest about seeking God and that you have started giving Him your time. The problem is that now you are sitting there and you are giving God an hour every morning but it feels like you don’t know what to do, your mind keeps running away with you and you sit there staring at the Bible but you are not getting anything from it. We are going to look at how to pray. How to spend time with God. Once again I am sharing with you our own personal experience.
How to Pray
I usually start with Communion. I get a cracker and a little juice. Then I start by imagining. Using your imagination is very important. We are to take every thought captive. Seeing in your imagination while you pray is the best way of keeping your thoughts captivated.
Sometimes I imagine the crucifixion as we saw it in the movie The Passion, sometimes I see how Jesus served communion to his disciples on the last evening before he was crucified.
I see how I lay my life down with Jesus. As I eat his flesh, I lay down my sin, problems, heart aches and sickness. I see how my flesh is consumed by his flesh. Then I drink the blood of Jesus and I start to think about all the scriptures I have on the blood of Jesus.
I pray this: Thank you Lord for your blood that you shed for me. Your blood is for the forgiveness of my sin, it is for my salvation. You saved me, washed me with your blood. You also healed me, you redeemed my life and made me righteous. Your blood brings peace! The Spirit of Christ is within me and the peace of God which fills my heart and mind and soul is within me.
I see how I am now clothed with the risen Christ Jesus. I am seated with him in heavenly places, my mind is the Kingdom of God, I am the temple of God and I am righteous before God. Righteousness means I am in right standing with God and I get to stand in the presence of God without feeling ashamed or guilty.
I believe that I am now a new creation and that I am completely saved. Now I must also believe that I am like Christ.
1 John 4:17: “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”
So what should my prayers sound like if I am like Christ?
‘O dear God thank you for clothes and food and please give me a job…?’
No that is not the kind of prayer Jesus would pray. There is no mention that Jesus ever asked God for food or clothes. In facet Jesus said that we are not to worry about what we should eat or wear as our heavenly Father knows what we need. (Matt 6:25) There is also no mention that Jesus ever Asked God to heal any of the people Jesus healed. Jesus simply spoke to the sickness or the evil spirit and commanded it to leave. He never once prayed and asked God to heal the people. He is the Son of God, He did not need permission from his Father to heal and he did not need God to do it for him. He was God in the flesh and the Holy Spirit was upon him. As Jesus was in the earth so ARE WE!
We also have the Holy Spirit and the Power of God is also in us! We can just speak to our problems and command them to leave. That is how we should pray.
My prayer is: Thank you Lord that I have all the power over the enemy. Thank you that your Word is true and thank you that you accomplish every Word You have ever spoken. So now by the Power of the Spirit of Christ in me I command sickness to go! I command my body to receive healing!
So I continue. I keep on telling every one of my problems to leave and I call every good thing and every blessing of God into my life. I also pray out loud and I pray in tongues while I concentrate or imagine how the problem leaves and how the blessings of God arrive. This is how you pray with power and in the Spirit.
The Spirit of God in us can only accomplish the things of God when we move and when we speak. We must break through being ashamed of the things of God and we should start to accomplish the things of God.
Yes we should read the Bible and we should study the scriptures but we should also worship God in Spirit and in Truth.
I also recommend that you listen to some of the training supplied by John G Lake Ministries. They are based in the USA and the chair person is Curry Blake. He teaches people how to minister healing to others. I found a website who lists all his seminars for free. You can click here to go to that website.
Let’s Recap – Why pray like this?
So I started with Communion. Why?
Because I am a fleshly person who needs to get my mind into the spirit. I use communion because it reminds me of who I am supposed to be in Christ and it helps me to ‘Enter in’ to the presence of God. The Blood of Jesus washes me and it helps me to KNOW that I am righteous. No I did not loose my righteousness in the night and the Holy Spirit did not leave me every time I sin, but committing sin causes me to feel removed from God. Another way to say it is that your conscience is not clear towards God and you feel condemned. By using the communion daily helps me to move into my righteous position where I can not be condemned because I am in Christ. I actually need to convince my fleshly mind that I am no longer a person after the flesh but that I am in Christ and I am after the Spirit!
If your mind has not been renewed to this way of thinking you might need to spend more time reminding yourself that God is on your side! You can do that by praying the Word. For example I would pray Psalm 23 like this:
Thank you Lord that you are my Shepherd and I shall not want! You lay me down beside quiet waters where you give me rest. You restore my soul and you guide me in paths of righteousness for Your name sake! Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will not fear evil, For You are with me! Your rod and Your staff comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies and you anoint my head with oil and my cup overflows! Surely goodness and mercy shall folow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!
You can also pray Psalm 103 and Psalm 91 like this and keep on reciting and praying the Word until you believe it. It can only come to pass if you believe! Unbelief and doubt are the only things that can keep prayers from being answered. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God! Romans 10:17
Then once you believe we go over into action and then we start commanding and saying how things should be. We speak in tongues because it builds us up in our most holy faith! (Jude 1:20)
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