Today we are going to wrap up our blogs on strategic prayer. Although all the other words of the acronym are important in having a strategic prayer life, these last three pretty much sum it all up. This is pretty much a given, but in order to have a strategic prayer life, the prayers must be God-centered. The prayers must be centered around the word of God and the power of God. This must be the foundation that the prayers are built on. Why? Because God is the omniscient-all knowing one. He’s the omnipotent-all powerful one, and he’s the omnipresent on-he’s ever present. Not only for those reasons, but he is the one who gives us the strategies. Time and time again we see this in the word. Jeremiah 29:11 says “I know the plans I have for you….” Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me and I will show you great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”. These two scriptures alone show us the importance of our prayers being God- centered.
God-centered prayers automatically translate into intentional intimacy. The more we seek God and his word for revelation through prayer, we create an atmosphere of intimacy. He tells us if we seek him with our whole heart we will find him (Jeremiah 29:13). God desires to be found by us, for he created us for relationship with Him.
Intentional Intimacy takes us to a place of confidence and trust. When you’re intimate with someone you’re able to be vulnerable with them. Intimacy brings about a closeness where you have complete confidence in that person. This is the attitude that we should have after we say amen. Whatever instruction or revelation we receive during our time of intimacy with God, we must immediately move and do what he has said. Things may not make sense, but because we are confident in the sovereignty of God, we must obey what he has said. In John 2, Jesus performed his first miracle. Prior to the miracle, Mary instructed the servants to do whatever he said (John 2:5). As a result of their obedience, they experienced transformation, restoration and elevation. Transformation came when the empty vessels were filled with water and then it turned to wine. Restoration came because they were out of wine, but once the pots were filled and transformed, there was a restoration of power. The elevation came because the new wine was better than the original wine. God wants to do the same with us in our prayer life. He wants to provide strategies that will transform us, bring restoration to us, and elevate us.
I pray this acronym will help take your prayer life to a new level!
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!