How to Build a Life of Prayer From the Truth Up

By Ben Woodward

We will be giving away Ben’s new product entitled “The Power of Proclamation” workbook for free. Everyone can really benefit from the Power of Proclamation as part of their daily pursuit with the Lord.

Breaking the power of the lies that we have believed about God takes more than raw determination. It takes powerful prayer. Begin to understand the forgotten prayer life of proclamation and discover in it the power to move mountains and change the course of your future. DISCOVER WHO GOD REALLY IS AND LET IT CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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Declaring the truth of who God is vital to a growing M1P lifestyle. I love what Ben writes! Read it and let it really encourage you.
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I remember sitting on the floor with my wife as we began to pray. She had level 4 endometriosis (a severe reproductive disease) and after four years of trying for a baby we were yet to see any changes.

I knew that whatever happened we were not going to go down without a fight. So once again we began to declare the nature of our God as the Healer, the Shepherd who leads his sheep well, the Righteous Judge over sin and sickness. We sat down on the floor and we laughed our way out of the depression that wanted to overwhelm us.

We laughed because God was good, we laughed because the devil was a liar and we laughed because the circumstances had to change in the light of who our God was and is. We proclaimed and rejoiced until the atmosphere changed and we got ourselves back into the place of faith that is necessary to see the miracles that we all long for in our lives.

They say that if you want to save a drowning man, it’s better to wait till he stops thrashing before you try to jump in and save him or you might both drown. For most Christians, our prayer lives are more like the drowning man than the lifesaver. We are thrashing in the water of our circumstances trying to survive by flailing our arms about in the hope that maybe if we make enough noise and commotion then God will swing down and rescue us.

I don’t know about you, but that method of prayer never seems to get a whole lot of results.

You know the kind of prayers I am talking about.

The “screaming to the deaf God” prayer,

The “please, please, please, please, pretty please” prayer,

The “fast and pray to make God do what I want him to do” prayer,

This kind of prayer says one thing – “I don’t really believe God wants to (insert request here).” If we don’t believe God is willing, how can we expect any answers?

Jesus makes an interesting statement about our lives, He says,

and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8.32)

He is the Healer, the Deliverer and the Provider. When we get to know Him, we get to receive from what He is because the purpose of all our prayer is not WHAT we get out of it, but WHO we get to discover.

When my wife and I were faced with her medical crisis, we did not want to become beggars, but we needed answers. So we began to proclaim His nature and the things that He said about Himself in the scriptures. As much as we needed something to change, what we needed more was to get back into a spirit of faith to believe that God loved us and was for us.

When we began to proclaim His nature, everything changed. Faith was renewed, hope was restored and we could see light on the horizon. And now, three years later, we have two amazing children!

Try starting your prayers today with a proclamation of who God is, let it change the way you think about Him and then you will start to believe that He is willing to answer your prayer. The writer to the Hebrew church said it best,

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Heb. 11.6

It is true! Prayer begins with believing who He is.

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19 Comments

  1. Khedler Jun 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

    This article is such a profound way to look at prayer! Wow…. I need that proclamations book he wrote. How do I get it?

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  2. charis Jun 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    love how God moved powerfully in your life.  i agree that it is powerful to agree with both who He is and what His will is for us… when we lose sight that He wants to be actively involved in our lives and is willing to answer we often simply don’t persist in prayer because of unbelief and discouragement.  He is such an intimate yet all powerful God who loves to answer.  great post.

    my recent post: the rooster formally known as susan -or- letting go of false expectations

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    1. Ben Woodward Jun 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      thanks Charis!
      Agreement is everything! How can we walk together if we do not agree?
      Truthfully, the most important thing we can agree on is WHO God is. It is the beginning of an incredible change if we get hold of it!

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  3. Jaycaple Jun 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Ben Woodward is such a profound man of God

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  4. Anonymous Jun 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Powerful insight!  Thanks for sharing Ben.  “Prayer begins with believing who He is”… what a great truth, this post was very encouraging. 

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    1. Greg Simas Jun 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Having a clear understanding of who God is determines the willingness and determination to pray. It’s crucial! 

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  5. Gina Hyatt Jun 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I love love love this!! I need more of this!!! This is so powerful, when I am taking time to pray proclamation & adoration everything is different in my mind and heart, as well as my public attitude. I need more of this, yep, I do.

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    1. Greg Simas Jun 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

      We all do. Let’s encourage one another to keep going 🙂

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  6. Barbie Jun 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I love what Ben shared here.  I need to more proclamation praying when my circumstances would tell me that it’s hopeless.  Declaring the life and truth of His word can turn any situation around!  

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    1. Ben Woodward Jun 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Barbie!
      Most of the time what we need more than a change in circumstances, is a change in perspective! When you are in a dark place, you can either wait for the sun to come up or pull out a flashlight. Proclaiming the truth of who God is is like turning on the lights.

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  7. Barbie Jun 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Shared on my facebook wall.

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  8. Anonymous Jun 2, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Faith is the unshakable confidence in the character of God! A foundational truth I’ve built my life on for 20+ years.

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    1. Ben Woodward Jun 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      That’s why we love you Dean!!

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  9. Jmlogan Jun 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Such a great way to look at prayer and trials in our life! 

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    1. Greg Simas Jun 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Foundational! Thanks for sharing! 

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  10. Michael Zhuang Jun 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Great, been using this prayer

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    1. Greg Simas Jun 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Cool, Michael! Glad you’re doing it.

      Reply

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