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Are you tired of being your own worst enemy? Does negative self-talk sabotage your happiness? Would you like a positive, consistent victory mind-set?
It’s yours for the taking!
Declaratory prayer is powerful and effective. I speak from experience. My mind is renewed, I am happier and more positive, and I have more of the energy that hope brings. My friends have seen the difference, and my ministry is more intentional and effective than ever.
I first experienced the power of declaratory prayer during a long drive some time ago. I was listening to a sermon that referenced an online resource of compiled Scriptures on our identity in Christ. As the preacher proclaimed them in succession and with authority, I was deeply moved. (More specifically, the air in my car became heavy with the presence of the Spirit, a deep and comforting warmth overtook me, and I began weeping sweet and joyous tears. But for those inclined to poo-poo such things, let’s just say I was moved, and leave it at that).
A few weeks later, I obtained these Scriptures and preached them with authority in a homily to my college congregation. The response was tremendous. That homily got some of the most positive and excited feedback I have ever received. This told me I must be onto something. Ever since, declaratory prayer has entered more and more into my life and ministry, bearing much fruit.
Declaratory prayer strategically uses the Word of God in Scripture to destroy thought strongholds for the renewal of the mind, resulting in greater confidence in God, deeper hope, and a happier, more positive life. In declaratory prayer, one stands firmly on the authority of God’s Word. She speaks it aloud, aligning herself with its affirmations by “declaring” aloud its truths, and welcoming its power.
2 Cor 10:4-7 says that our weapons are not of the flesh, but rather, as God’s authoritative Word, have divine power to destroy strongholds, defined as arguments, pretensions, and proud thoughts that insolently come against the knowledge of salvation in Christ. Declaratory prayer releases the power of God’s word into our thought realm for the destruction of these strongholds.
Thought strongholds are the lies of negativity which the devil and the world tell us, and which we tell ourselves. Thought strongholds make us think like orphans, not sons; like we are slaves, not free. Thought strongholds set themselves against the knowledge of Christ revealed in Scripture. Thought strongholds are proud arguments and pretensions of the evil one, which we give power to by believing.
God’s word demolishes thought strongholds. We need to release God’s word into our thought realm so it can do its work. Disobedient thoughts will be punished once we renounce them and drive them out of our mind in the name of Jesus. God wants to punish the thoughts – not us. But he can only do this when we have renounced the thoughts, separated ourselves from them, and banished them utterly. Then our thought realm will be purified and we will think rightly, as beloved sons and daughters of God.
In his old classic “As a Man Thinketh,” James Allen likens the mind to a field. We can let it grow wild, or intentionally cultivate it. But one way or another, it’s going to “put forth.” So why not sow God’s Word? This can be done through general Bible study. But what if we got more intentional? What if we carefully selected those Word seeds most potent for producing abundant harvests of victory, and sowed them with great diligence and care?
St Paul admonishes to "be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom 12:2). In my experience, few methods are as effective toward this end than declaratory prayer. Declaratory prayer works.
I will be offering a workshop on declaratory prayer to help others experience its amazing fruits. It will be held on Saturday, February 22, from 10 am - noon at the Newman Center. Come experience the transforming power of God’s word as I have!
I welcome comments on this post afterwards about experiences of declaratory prayer. Pray for blessings and for God to come in power!
I will record and post my opening comments. I hope you can join us. If you can’t, please keep this in your prayers. Thanks and God bless you!
Declarations 201 (for Audio click here)