PRAYER IS CONVERSATION WITH GOD.
The conversation reveals the relationship.
To be a Christian is to be prayer!
Prayer changes things and Father wants to change prayer!
Strategic= relating to the identification of long-term or overall
aims and interests and the means of achieving them. Resources
essential in fighting a war: tactical advantage = a strategic
Strategic prayer involves a cost. It takes an action along with
time in His presence. Our first prayer is heard, and then comes the
process of possessing the land. Victory does not come by osmosis for
the most part. There is more to strategic prayer than just praying
hard and diligently sitting in our houses. Prayer is more than that;
there is a knowing that there is a cost to see the fulfillment –
obedience that displays trust in what He speaks. Each day. It is not
simply about time spent praying but time spent listening and doing.
It is about who I am in God and who He is in me.
The Lord asked me to look at prayer that moved His hand through
the whole bible. He asked if there was anything about answered
prayer that required more than words spoken? As I began to look at
the Israelites and those in Christ in the NT who received answered
prayer I found that in God’s answering of prayer there was always a
trust and obedience required of those who prayed. They had to
respond to God’s response by displaying faith – an action of belief
had to be walked. Obedient trust was exhibited! Prayer alone is not
enough! The Moravian’s demonstrated this. They became the answer to
their own prayer for workers to be sent – their 24/7 prayer caused
them to be the ones who went first! All who prayed ended up GOING!
Then more workers were raised up as they went and found them in the
harvest themselves. Just like the disciples of Christ at the
beginning, they prayed in the upper room and then became the answer
to the prayers they prayed. God’s presence was manifest through and
by them to the lost!
Jesus told the disciples that He had more to tell them that
they were not ready for but when Holy Spirit came He would guide and
show them all truth and things to come. (Jn.16:12-15). We still need
more so we can finish the House that Jesus began and the apostles
laid the foundation for. Paul says we are to build on this
foundation until the house is completed. —That means that in the
beginning we did not know it all and we still don’t. The house will
be completed when we look like Jesus, walk like Him and pray like
Him. WE must get a new perspective on prayer and shift into a new
position. That means prayer must change! Begging and demanding is
not the answer. We are going to have need of finding the place of
trust and surrender to Father that Jesus lived in, walking out His
desires and will in specific ways. We need to find the intimacy
Jesus demonstrated and the submission He modeled that displays
Father’s presence, power and Love. His specific words on our lips
are the prayers that change things! “Lazarus, come forth!” can only
be spoken as prayer when we have heard and trust! We need fewer
words, more trust and a very real intimacy that brings God’s
presence into our world today!
Praying without ceasing, always praying and to feint not, being a
house of prayer, the temple of God, and being the effective fervent
prayer of the righteous is going to take a shift, a willingness to
let go of traditions that do not produce the life of God manifest in
others. Prays of Importunity (praying as if our life depends on it)
may need to be changed from insistent repetition, demanding and
begging, to one born of intimate relationship that knows that only
Father’s words contain life;
John 12:49-50 (NKJV,) For I have not spoken on My own authority;
but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and
what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting
life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me,
so I speak.” (emphasis mine)
Matthew 21:13 (NKJV,) 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My
house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a
‘den of thieves.’ ”
Luke 18:1 (NKJV,) Then He spoke a parable to them, that men
always ought to pray and not lose heart,
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV,) pray without ceasing,
John 20:21 (NKJV) So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As
the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
James 5:16(NKJV,) The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man
avails much. – the supplication of a righteous man avails much in
it’s working(RKJV) i.e, it moves the hand of Him who moves the
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV,) Do you not know that you are the temple
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV,) Or do you not know that your body is
the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God,
and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price;
therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are
God’s and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Matthew 21:12-13 (NKJV) Then Jesus went into the temple of God and
drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and
overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those
who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house
shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of
(Mt.6:5 NKJV,) “And when you pray, you shall not be like the
hypocrites. (Read this passage clear to Lord’s prayer.)
(repetitive, loud, long, scripture speaking, positional filled,
demanding of Father to submit to and honor OUR requests type of
praying/speaking may be unfruitful and prideful).
“Thy kingdom come and thy will be done…” may mean we need to “ask
Him first” what is His will in any given specific situation, trust
His communication and then ask how do we pray in such a way as to
bring His specific will and Kingdom to earth.
We see that in general we are to be prayer 24/7. What we need
to be about is “answered prayer”! So how do we pray like we see in
Lu.18:1-8, The end of this passage says something most do not
see.. “…However when the Son of man comes will He really find faith
on the earth”?
Find faith= after searching find the thing sought—
This scripture states that if you pester Father long enough like
the widow coming to the unjust Judge– “though He bears long with
you”, He will end up giving you what you petition for – though He
would rather not. He would rather find faith—some of our prayers
won’t bring life and God does not want to answer them as He knows
what they will actually bring. Maybe we should listen.
So we see here that God would like us to be different than this
lady who comes before the unjust judge. We do need to pray always
but is it prayer that is founded on a responsive, intimate
relationship of trust or is it demanding to have our own way? In
prayer, Jesus and the Apostles should be our example- the i.e.
Relationship and trust are paramount in being a house of prayer.
Why did the man Jesus see all of His prayers answered? Why do
we see such a large amount of prayers answered in the book of Acts?
How do we get there?
Keys to answered prayer;
1 John 3:22 (NKJV,) And whatever we ask we receive from Him,
because we keep His commandments and do those things that are
pleasing in His sight.
1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV,) read the prerequisites in Ch 3-4, Now this
is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything
according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears
us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have
asked of Him. Read also Jn.14:15,21 and 15:14. The prerequisite –
“if you keep my commands”! Prayer has to be coupled with obedience,
out of our love for Him, to do His commands! (Emphasis mine)
These examples are just representative of so many we see in the
Gospels and throughout the NT. .
Our perspective of who we are and our responsibility will change
everything and it needs to change!
Jn 14:12 and 20:21 tells us we are to do and be like Jesus!
Our example or model in all things should be Jesus, the answer to
being strategic in prayer, can be seen and found in His intimacy
with Father and our resulting position through Him (our intimacy
with Father). He lived in a responsive relationship with Father,
not as one who dictated to Father what He had to do.
Jn 5:19-20; 6:38; 8:26,28; 12:49-50; 14:10, 23,26; 15:26; 16:13;
This establishes something that should relate to all prayer.
Remember we are to “pray always and feint not” or “pray without
ceasing”! Our concept of prayer must change. Prayer is 24/7 and
must be reproducible by all who are in Christ Jesus.. It can include
some of those things we have been taught but those things are way
short of all that prayer is. Prayer should be about living in
constant communion and communication with Father, listening and
responding to His voice. (His voice is seldom audible but is always
heard and sometimes just is, He can communicate in a nano-second
more than I can write in a month!)
Matthew 7:7-12 (NKJV,) “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek,
and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For
everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who
knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if
his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for
a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know
how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your
Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Our perspective on whether or not God speaks or answers when we
pray (ask, seek and knock) affects how we view Father, prayer and
Matthew 16:13-19 (NKJV,) When Jesus came into the region of
Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say
that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and
others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of
the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-
Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My
Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are
Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of
Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys
of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be
bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in
The full revelation found in this passage changes this a bit… it
is not enough to know that Jesus is Lord but you must hear from the
Father and know Jesus is Lord to be the Church that hell will not
prevail against. The one with all the keys to bind and loose is the
one who hears from the Father FIRST, knows Jesus is Lord, therefore
does not take liberties with HIS kingdom but instead hears then
obeys. Then what is bound on earth is bound in heaven because we
don’t speak unless He has! We live in response, under authority to
be in authority. (see the centurion’s story further on in this
letter, He recognized that Jesus lived in response to Father – a man
also under authority.)
Luke 10:19-20 (NKJV,) Behold, I give you the authority to trample
on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and
nothing shall by any means hurt you.
To understand this scripture in line with what is discovered in
Matthew you must go back to verse one of the chapter to see the
specifics of their mission… then you see it is about being under
authority first. When we go and do specifically as directed by Jesus
we are in responsive authority – sent as a delegate from Father
through the Lord. Then we are in authority: as we walk obedient to
His specific directions.
Matthew 12:22-29 (NKJV,) Then one was brought to Him who was
demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the
blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes
were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does
not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom
divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or
house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out
Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom
stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your
sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I
cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has
come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and
plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he
will plunder his house.
We have made this scripture about binding and loosing over cities,
but it is not. As we see here is is about casting a spirit out of a
man! All evil spirits have to work through a host (a person).
Demons cannot create anything. Only God and man have creative power.
The enemy has to have people to create his kingdom as he has no
authority, man does! Dealing with people and the spirits they are
ruled by will change a city. The strongman over a city HAS A HOST,
dealing with them (that person, business or family) will affect the
spiritual atmosphere and open the door for the gospel to the rest of
the city! I.e. Jesus deals with the Samaritan woman at the well, and
the demonic in the tombs and thus changes both cities. Paul deals
with the slave girl in Philippi with a spirit of divination and the
whole city is mad at him.
Matthew 8:5-11 (NKJV,) Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a
centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my
servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You
should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant
will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having
soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to
another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who
followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great
faith, not even in Israel! (emphasis mine)
The key to strategic prayer like Jesus prayed is to always be
UNDER, not in authority. The centurion knew that Jesus never did
anything unless He was directed by Father! This is called great
Most people are looking for formulas for prayer and many feel
that “intercession” is a specific gift. I do not see that
scripturally. Some are way more sensitive to our calling to be
“houses of prayer”, but all are called to intercede or be
intercessors i.e. “houses of prayer”.
Tradition plays a large role in ineffectual prayer. We tend to
speak a lot of words, quote a lot of scripture, do a lot of binding
and loosing, then expect God to perform according to OUR dictates
and mandates. Maybe if we listened, trusted and obeyed we would be
more strategic and see more results.
Nowhere in scripture is there a place that I have found where
“spirits” over cities were bound or loosed to take that city. In all
references of cities being affected by Jesus or Paul preaching
Jesus, they dealt with a person that had some type of influence in
the city. Then the city was glad, sad or mad… because dealing with
that one person changed the city!
Strategic prayer deals with people and the enemy working through
people. It is the result of living in intimacy with the Father,
listening, following, trusting and obeying. We have a purpose like
Jesus – ‘seeking and saving the lost and destroying the works of the
enemy”. We cannot do that without the same position, love, power and
the kind of prayers that we see in the NT. We must let go of
traditions and embrace scripture and Father’s command of trust and
obey… we must change our perspective and see from a different
Prayer changes things and Father wants to change prayer! Are we
willing to change and shift to be more?