This is our first guest post at M1P!
Ben Woodward is originally from “Down Under”, growing up in both New Zealand and Australia. He and his family currently live in Kansas City and serve with Joseph International at the International House of Prayer. Ben is an accomplished worship leader, songwriter and an up and coming author. I would encourage you to check out his latest worship CD Maranatha and discover more from his website.
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
Here’s how you can enter. Simply post a comment in regards to Ben’s post AND ReTweet or Share on Facebook. There will be two winners. One will receive a paperback book and the other will receive an audio book. The give away ends Monday June 6 at midnight. So spread the word.
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.
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.