Day 19

January 27, 2023

Day 19

From Awakening: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Devotional Day 19 – 

I have a very important question for you, “Do you know what God’s Word says about your situation?” Effective prayer is based on the Word of God.

Effective prayer is not based on our authority, but on the authority of God’s Word! We need to know the Word well enough to pray Word-based prayers. Prayer is not so much about getting what we want but aligning ourselves with what God wants. Matthew 6:33 clearly tells us what He wants. He wants us to seek Him first! Are you pleading for financial breakthrough? Then you need to be aligned with what God says about resources. Are you tithing? We have a part to play in the effectiveness of our prayers, and it has to do with alignment with God’s Word.

Can you see how prayer is actually less about getting from God as it is about aligning ourselves with what God already wants to do. Many times, though, we can get so focused on our own comfort or our own preferences that we don’t even take the time to examine ourselves to see what God’s Word has to say about our situation. We have to align our prayers with the Word, and we may also need to align some aspects of our lives with His Word.

Prayer and fasting is the preparation we go through to create the container that is ready for the new thing God wants to do in and through us. God’s new wine always changes us by expanding our faith, enlarging our purpose and bringing renewed vision. Pray that the Lord will expand your life to glorify Him, giving you boldness to step out and be used by Him.

If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

John 15:7 AMPC

Excerpt from The Happy Intercessor, by Beni Johnson, page 76 – “Intercessors should be the happiest people on the planet because they know the plans of God.  God is in a good mood, and He wants to give good gifts to His children.  As intercessors, our job is to look ahead to the good gifts that God wants to give to us and to agree with those plans.  As intercessors, we have to be OK with the fact that God is OK with motivating us with gifts.  We can see this in Scriptures.” – Beni Johnson

Papa God, we love that You give us Your Word to speak over our lives so that we can be aligned with You.  We ask that You teach us how to truly live in You so You can live in us, and when we ask anything that is aligned with Your Word it shall come forth!  Also help us to remember that when we ask, Your timing is the best timing and to wait patiently and praise and thank you for Your goodness, and stand in faith we have received the answer, in Jesus Name!