Prayer is not meant to be used like a fisherman’s net to trawl for the will of God. Instead, we use prayer to pray the will of God, and that brings us into a place of faith and proclamation. We grow in confidence in the will of God, as our prayers change us to be more like Him. We have decided to follow the process that God has ordained in the circumstances He has allowed to unfold.
“For whom he foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,”
Paul wrote in Romans 8:29.
In every situation, there is a pathway that enables you to become more like Jesus. A part of your prayer initiative is to find what it is that God wants you to do to become more like Him. There is always an area of our life where we need to become more like Christ, and the Lord is saying to us: “If you will follow the way that I want to pray, you will not only have the answer to that prayer, but you will grow in Me. There is a predestined, predetermined thing I want to become in every situation. I want to give you more of Myself.”
Every obstacle, every problem, every attack is allowed and designed to teach you to become more like Jesus. That’s why every problem comes with a provision attached to it. As Christians, we must stand in the midst of the problem, knowing God’s promise, and expect a provision. All things work together for good in the economy of God. There are no Great Depressions or stock market crashes.
“Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ?”
Paul asked in Romans 8:35.
Nothing, he answers a few verses later: “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I am convinced, in fact, that all of the things Paul mentioned are actually designed to reveal God’s love for us.
When we craft a prayer, our crisis becomes an opportunity for God to work. Everything is useful to our growth in the spirit because God is for us in every situation. Look at the list of what cannot separate us from the love of God: accusation, condemnation, tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, exposure, peril, the sword, death, life, angels, principalities, things present, things to come, height, and depth. It doesn’t matter how big and powerful the thing against us is — God has made us more than conquerors. Prayer is about certainty. There should be boldness in our hearts when we pray. Heaven is listening to our prayers. Everything in God’s heart wants to tell you, “This is what I want to do. Pray like this.”
Jesus said in Mark 11:24,
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them.”
When we pray in the will of God, whatever we ask will be given. There is no difference between an anointed prayer and an unanointed prayer. Prayer is prayer to God.
(This excerpt is taken directly from my book Crafted Prayer)
MY INVITATION TO YOU..
Over the next few months, I want to challenge you to sit down with a group of friends and seek God for crafted prayers for your life. Go through every area of your life and ask Him, “What is it I am supposed to be praying in this situation?” Find out what the Lord is doing in each area. If there is a stronghold of sin in your life, pray “This thing has always beaten me, so how do I beat it? What is the prayer I can to release the power and presence of God in my life?
Write a prayer about your relationship with God, asking Him for what you want in your life.
Radical transformation awaits you.
A NOTE FROM TEAM BRILLIANT
WHERE TO START
You can explore more on the subject of what it means to craft a prayer in Graham’s book, Crafted Prayer.
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We have also brought together a collection of teaching materials on this subject in Graham’s new resource bundle Praying With God. With this bundle you will receive and audio reaching, Praying with God which comes with its own guidebook, and Graham’s book Crafted Prayer and the MP3 downloads The Kind Intentions of God and Inheritance & Glory.