“It is our responsibility to exercise the authority that is ours through His name, and in the face of all the forces of evil to demonstrate that Christ is already ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.” – Derek Prince
How many of us realize that we are royalty? In light of the recent airport bombings and the steady increase of evil around the world, how easy it is for us to lose sight of our royal status and the authority that God has given us.
When we were in Asia several years ago, we were able to host the princess of Thailand on our ship. It was a grand occasion. We had to carefully learn the proper way to entertain such a royal guest. As she walked passed us, we had to bow and curtsy at just the right moment. Our fingers were held together in a prayer position at just the right location on our face. Too high or too low would be offensive. Her visit was important, and we didn’t want to make any mistakes with such royalty in the room.
The reality is that Christians are the true royalty on the earth.
Often we walk downtrodden and discouraged, letting the devil defeat us as we listen to his lies. At the moment, enemy lies are shouting at us from every direction – the media, magazines, newspapers, and television – the world system is everywhere. Who are we going to listen to? Let us not get disheartened at the trials that we face as God’s people. They are only to develop us in spirit and in truth, bringing forth the character of Christ.
We are sons and daughters of the King of kings, called to co-labor with Him. We are to help establish God’s Kingdom on earth through prayer. If we want to see breakthroughs, we must understand the authority that we have in Christ. It is so vital for us as God’s people to know that we can see heaven touch earth through our prayers.
We need to learn how to cultivate a Kingdom prayer life because we rule with Christ in our prayers.
Imagine if you had never driven a car in your entire life. You would have to walk everywhere. One day someone tells you that you are going to receive something that will take you everywhere you need to go. You are given a brand new car but you don’t know the features on the car. You get in and begin to drive, but you have the emergency break on! Since nobody tells you to take the break off, you drive no faster than 20 miles per hour. Nonetheless, you are excited. At least you don’t have to walk everywhere. But you don’t realize that you have lights or any other features on the car. You just know that for the rest of your life you can drive anywhere at 20 mph during the day.
Jesus came to earth in order to penetrate the kingdom of darkness with healing, joy, and purpose. He wants us to pray that things on earth would be like they are in heaven. He didn’t just come to give us a ticket to heaven like a car that only drives 20 mph during the daytime. He came to bring the Kingdom of God on earth.
We are on earth so that we can bring the Kingdom of God into our neighborhoods, workplaces, and nations. There is so much more than we have experienced. God wants His will done on earth as it is in heaven. We must find out the features that our King has provided and learn to drive this heavenly car with speed and expertise. Many of us are living in the mentality of driving a car that only goes 20 mph, but there is so much more that God has for us! Look at our royal status in 1 Peter 2:9:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Realizing that we are in God’s family and that He is preparing us to rule and reign eternally with Him, should make our lives different from those in the world around us. All who want to enter into a Kingdom prayer life of spiritual breakthrough need to comprehend the unlimited power that is in Christ and available to us. We have authority in intercession! We are seated in heavenly places in Jesus Christ, who is the King of kings and Lord of lords, before Whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess His Lordship over all.
– Debbie Przybylski
In Amos 3:7, the Lord said that He would not do anything without first revealing His “secret counsel” to His servants, the prophets. We also see in Psalm 25:14 that “The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.” It is those who fear Him that He can trust with divine knowledge.
We may wonder how we can really be friends with Him if we fear Him, but it is the understanding of these divine paradoxes that the path of life is found on. The Hebrew word that is translated “fear” in Psalm 25:14 is yare’ (yaw-ray’), which is literally translated fear. Some translations have rendered this word “respect,” which of course it is, but it is respect to the tenth power. Even if we are His best friends, He is still God and we are still men.
John was the intimate friend of Jesus. Judas was familiar. There is an unholy familiarity with God that can be the foundation of the most tragic falls from grace. John, on the other hand, when he was old and the only one of the original apostles left, was caught up into the vision that is recorded as the Book of Revelation. He would still repeatedly fall prostrate in the presence of the Lord. The one who was arguably the man with the greatest revelation of Christ, and the most intimate friend of God, never lost his fear of the Lord. This is probably the main reason why he was trusted with such revelations.
In one of Paul’s first epistles, he claims that he is not inferior to even the most eminent apostles. Later he writes that he is “the least of the apostles” ( I Corinthians 15:9). Then a few years later he writes that he is “the very least of all saints” (Ephesians 3:8). In one of his last letters he writes that he is the greatest of sinners (I Timothy 1:15). Do you see a progression in this? The greater the spiritual maturity, the greater the humility.
What king or president would allow someone who was not discreet to get near their throne, or anywhere close to where sensitive discussions were taking place? If we want to be those friends the Lord shares His “secret counsel” with, we must understand both the honour and responsibility that it is. If we are going to be trusted with prophetic revelation, we need to have as much wisdom to know when not to share something as when to share. This wisdom is rooted in the fear of the Lord. We can be His best friends, but we must never forget who He is. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and it is the foundation of all true prophetic ministry.
(Rick Joyner’s daily devotional)
“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
2 Timothy 2:4
You and I have been called to live the high life in Christ Jesus, not to be tied down to this natural realm. But all too often, instead, we allow ourselves to become tangled in the temporary affairs of this world. We allow those entanglements to drag us into defeat. Don’t let that happen to you. Simplify your life. If you don’t have time for God, make time. Don’t let your career, your family or anything else keep you from going on with God. One thing I can promise you is that every part of your life will be more blessed if you take time to listen to God. Nothing you can do is better than hearing from heaven. Before I consider taking on any new activity, I always ask myself, Can I afford this? Not can I afford it financially, but can I afford it spiritually? Can I give time to this activity and still keep my priority time with God? If not, I can’t afford it. There’s only one thing you absolutely can’t afford to do without—and that’s your time spent in prayer and in the Word of God. It is your very life. It is where your victory lies. You may forget that, but Satan never does. He’ll constantly be sending time-stealers your way. So be alert and don’t become entangled in them. Remember to ask yourself, “Can I afford this?” Then simplify your life. Make the time you spend with God your first priority every day.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those form whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
●” The greatest thing anyone can do for God or man is pray.” – S. D. Gordon ‘
● “Prayer is where the action is.” – John Wesley
● “Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.”
– Paul E.Billheimer
● “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.”
– Corrie Ten Boom
● “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.”
– William Cowper
● “I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.”
– Charles Spurgeon
● “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.”
– Andrew Murray
● “We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”
– Oswald Chambers
● “There is no other activity in life so important as that of prayer. Every other activity depends upon prayer for its best efficiency.”
– M.E. Andross
● “He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.” – John Bunyan
● “I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.”
– James Hudson Taylor
● “Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.” – E. M. Bounds
● “We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring it’s power down to earth.”
– Andrew Murray
● “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
– Mother Theresa
● “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”
– C. S. Lewis
● “The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.”
– Rick Warren
● “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
– Martin Luther
● “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”
– Oswald Chambers
● “He who kneels the most, stands the best.”
– D.L. Moody
● “I’ll always say my prayers. And if God doesn’t answer them at once I shall know it’s because He’s planning something better for me.”
– Johanna Spyri / Heidi