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Prayer is the living, breathing dialogue with our Creator. It is a creative interaction with the One who loves us and it is how we partner with Him to establish righteousness on earth. It is the love language of the One who is Love and it is our gift of romance in response to His overtures. The Beautiful One calls us into our true identity and His Beauty reveals our current distortions; drawing us to see His Beauty, Love and Power as hope for reformation. It is the cry of the Spirit and Bride who say, “Come.”
A Word is worth a Thousand Pictures
We are made in God’s image. God is love. Love created us by the Word of truth. Having
purposed, He brought us forth by the Word of truth, for us to be a certain firstfruit of His creatures. James 1:18 Love’s breath lives in us. It is what gives us life. Our breath, as image bearers,
has power as well. We create and destroy; bless and curse with our breath; our words; our prayers. In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it can boast of great achievements.
A huge forest can be set on fire by a little flame. . . . With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in God's likeness. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. James 3:5-10.
While prayer is not the only mode of communicating power or love, it is an elementary and completely kingdom based one. Jesus ties love, mercy, blessing and prayer together in His Sermon on the Mount: But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who insult you. Luke 6:27-28 He takes such a counter culture stand here; relating love practically, generously and verbally with prayer as an answer to injustice. Prayer is a practical expression of love and it is a means of power that affects change on the earth. Prayer finds its pinnacle of expression and effectiveness in Love. They should never be separated. In other words, prayer is a partnership in love with God that is released with authority as our word; our breath lines up with “The Word”; Jesus. It’s a powerful encounter. The breath of God meeting the breath of His Bride is a “prelude to a kiss”.
A Prayer Primer
Meditate on what He says about our words; about His Word and about Himself and our relationship to Him. I believe God wants us to set out to discover His unending beauty and see Him as the One who imparted His beauty to us. In an awareness of mutual, voluntary love, I believe He wants us to then fully agree with Him and one another in love. When we do that, we walk out Jesus’ prayer in John 17. What follows are some basic biblical foundations that, when understood in succession, ought to release faith for this partnered intercessory prayer; birthed through the power of love. We will begin to believe in this partnership as we know and believe in our partner and in His love.
Indeed, I tell you truly, the one believing into Me, the works which I do, that one shall do also, and greater than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you may ask in My Name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:12-13 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not tell you that I will petition the Father about you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God. John 16:26-27
1. Our God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit is love. 1John 4:16 2. He fully knows us and loves us Psalm 139, John 1 & 3:16 3. We didn’t start out broken and we don’t end up that way either. We were made for Love. Genesis 1 & 2, Revelation 21 4. As much as we hate the idea that we could be responsible, we, as a race, are responsible for bringing sin and suffering into our world. Therefore, just as sin
entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to everyone, because all have sinned. Romans 5:12 The result of sin is death and injustice and it
affects all of Creation. 5. There was no way we could fix the problem, and no way to stop its progress. So God, who is Love, came to our rescue. For He made the One who knew no sin to be sin
for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
6. Our Father endured a painful tearing of separation; a broken heart if you will; in order to inflict the full wrath of holiness judging/conquering sin upon His deeply loved Son instead of us. Jesus carried us in Himself to the cross and in that act, He made a way for us to draw near and in His perfect obedience, our penalty was fully paid for. That act of love gave the Father great pleasure. Isaiah 53:10
Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of Jehovah revealed? For He comes up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form nor magnificence that we should see Him; nor form that we should desire Him. He is despised and abandoned of men, a Man of pains, and acquainted with sickness. And as it were hiding our faces from Him, He being despised, and we did not value Him. Surely He has borne our sicknesses, and He carried our pain; yet we esteemed Him plagued, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His wounds we ourselves are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have each one turned to his own way; and Jehovah made meet in Him the iniquity of all of us. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, but He did not open His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a ewe before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from justice; and who shall consider His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living; from the transgression of My people, the stroke was to Him. And He appointed Him His grave with the wicked, but He was with a rich man in His death; though He had done no violence, and deceit was not in His mouth. But Jehovah pleased to crush Him, to make Him sick, so that If He should put His soul as a guilt offering, He shall see His seed; He shall prolong His days; and the will of Jehovah shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the fruit of the travail of His soul; He shall be fully satisfied. By His knowledge the righteous One, My Servant, shall justify for many, and He shall bear their iniquities. Because of this I will divide to Him with the great, and with the strong He shall divide the spoil; because He poured out His soul to death; and He was counted with those transgressing; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for those transgressing. Isaiah 53
7. Isaiah 53 and Ephesians 1-3 are crucial passages for us to consider because they reveal this foundational truth: Jesus took on all of our iniquities, transgressions and sins. “Iniquities” refer to our nature of perversity; i.e., our downward bent
away from God and toward sin. “Transgressions” refer to our willful rebellion; our choices that say “we will not obey” to God. In Isaiah 53:10 we are told that the “stroke was to Him”. In the King James Version, the word is translated “stricken” for our transgressions. The word “stricken” is the same word used to describe leprosy. In essence, He became a leper for our sakes as He took our sins upon Himself. He endured crucifixion and took the full blow of judgment; conquering all of our enemies, including sin and death. He demonstrated that Love is not just as strong as death, but stronger than death and because of that, He is worthy and the only One strong enough to break the seals of Revelation and bring about the redemption of creation. God is to us a God of deliverances (salvation)
and to God belongs escape from death. Psalm 68:20, Song of Songs 8:6-7
8. This Beautiful One; this Bridegroom-Redeemer loves us so much He always makes intercession for us, even now. And the Holy Spirit; the comforter, teacher and power of God in action, reveals the truth to us, lives in us and makes intercession with us so we can be in union with God. Isaiah 52:10, 53:5, Zechariah 12:10, John 3:16, John 1:29 John 14:16, Hebrews 10, Romans 8:26, Revelation 5 9. When Jesus, our forever High Priest, paid fully for our sins, iniquities and transgressions, He completely clothed us in His righteousness and He has taken away our shame. He didn’t just pay for those sins we committed before our born again encounter, He also paid for the sins we still struggle with as we work out our salvation. We can boldly approach the Throne of Grace to find mercy and grace because we are IN Him and Christ is in us (plural, corporately) the Hope of Glory. John 1:29, Colossians 1, Hebrews 10 10. Our destiny as a Bride is to operate and reign from the same identity as our Bridegroom Jesus.
But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of your kingdom is a righteous scepter. Hebrews 1:8 Son though he was, he learned obedience through his sufferings and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God to be a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 5:9-10 They sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered. With your blood you purchased people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation. You made them a kingdom and priests for our God, and they will reign on the earth." Revelation 5:9-10
11. God is good. The Hebrew word “good”, when describing God’s goodness, isn’t a small word or concept. It doesn’t mean “nice”. It means “wildly good”; tremendously, extravagantly good. His goodness and lovingkindness is completely full and bent toward His own. We can rest in that always . . . The Lord is good; His loving-kindness endures for ever, and his faithfulness unto all
generations. Psalm 100:5
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his loving-kindness toward them that fear him. Psalm 103:11
12. He is unfathomably rich in grace and mercy. We may draw upon the riches of His grace and mercy every time we turn to Him, even as we struggle with our sins again and again. When we confess our sins and repent, He is incredibly faithful and quick to forgive us; He is our victory. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word; the kiss if you will of our testimony. As a result, we can ascend the hill of the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart. Ephesians 1-3, 1John 1:9, Psalm 24:4, Revelation 12:11 13. The Father loves us and loves us and loves us . . . . and hears us because of the gift of righteousness we receive in Jesus. 1Kings 8, 2Chronicles 7:12, Psalm 5:2, John 3:16, John 11:41-42,1John 3:1 14. We are seated at the right hand of God with Christ Jesus and we can and ought to pray from that position (Heaven to earth) Ephesians 2:6 15. We are given governmental responsibility for the earth. Genesis 1:27-31, Psalm 115:16. Our responsibility is rightly released through love/justice/humility and prayer. 16. We engage in that responsibility with authority by agreement with God and each other in prayer Matthew 17:21,18:20, John 17, James 5:17, Revelation 8:3 17. We are made from the fabric of Creation. It has been subjected to futility because of us until the sons of God are revealed. Creation’s destiny is entirely tied into us. Genesis 1- 3, Romans 8:18-23 Walking in our true identity and agreeing with God in prayer make all the difference. 18. The sons of God are identified as “the peace makers”. Matthew 5:9 We become “peace makers” as we embrace our identity in “the Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6 and are conformed to His image as the image bearers. Genesis 1:27,Romans 8:29 19. Jesus taught us that as “peace makers” we could choose to love our enemies, and pray
for those that persecute us; so that we may be sons of our Father who is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. Matthew 5:44-45. That means, through the gift of prayer in love, we don’t have to
expend useless energy maintaining our anger, our bitter wounds and the chains of un-forgiveness. What a relief! And, as we forgive, we are forgiven. As we are merciful, we receive mercy. It’s the sowing/reaping model of Kingdom living. 20. Love and prayer are intimately connected. Prayer is our love language. It is how we engage with God throughout our day; how God helps us with our choices; and how we release love/justice; transforming the scenarios we face. More than that . . . love can be prayed into people and situations. Our hearts are softened in prayer (that is at least one reason that we are called to pray for our enemies – so
that they won’t be our enemies anymore.) One less thing to worry about. And this
is my prayer that your love will keep on growing more and more in full knowledge and perfect insight. Philippians 1:9
21. God likes prayer. Prayers are incense (a pleasing smell) before the Lord. The elders around God’s Throne have harps and gold bowls filled with the prayers of the saints Revelation 5:8, 8:3 22. God receives thanksgiving and praise because of answered prayer and through that our joy is made complete. Until now you asked nothing in My name; ask, and you will
receive, so that your joy may be full. John 16:24
23. Our Father’s House is to be a House of Prayer and in the House of Prayer we will find joy. Isaiah 56:7, Matthew 21:13
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