New Covenant Prayer
Articles - Christian Growth
by Lyn Packer
This article is teaching taken from our school on third heaven intercession "Releasing Heaven into Earth". The manual is available on our webstore.
When we pray from a New Covenant perspective, we understand the following…
In praying for others…
• That God has provided an eternal intercessor and that in our prayer we are cooperating with him (Heb 7:24-28)
• That he has already provided salvation for every person. We don't need to plead with him to save our family members - to do so is to assume that he hasn't already provided salvation for them. They just need to receive what he has already done for them (Acts 26:17,18). We need to show them a true representation of him and share with them that God is good and that the good news really is good news, not an introduction into another form of bondage.
• That he has judged and forgiven every sin, past, present and future, so we do not need to be continually asking for forgiveness for our nation's sin, ancestor's sin etc. (Eph 1:4-7; Heb 9:26)
• That healing of the land was included in Christ's payment. He became our curse and broke every curse over us, so we now pray for the manifestation of the healing of our land (2 Chron 7:14).
• That we can approach God boldly and confidently (Heb 4:16) knowing that we have the right to do so through Christ, and that we have been invited to do so.
• That the words we send forth will accomplish what we send them to do when we send them with intent (Matt 21:21). That our words can be effective or ineffective (Matt 12:36 careless words; careless = words that are ineffective, unemployed, barren, idle, useless or lazy)
On a personal level…
• That God has said "Yes, granted' to every need we will ever have relating to life and godliness (Matt 6:25-33; 2 Pet 1:3)
• That God has provided and said "Yes, granted" to our healing. For us to be healed is his will! (1 Pet 2:24) and his time is now. In fact the Bible goes further and says we are healed.
• That the Lord has judged and forgiven every sin of ours - past, present and future so we do not need to be continually asking for forgiveness for our sin, our ancestors' sin etc. (Eph 1:4-7; Heb 9:26)
• That we can know that he has heard us and that we have what we have asked of him (1 John 5:14,15)
• That we can approach him boldly and confidently (Heb 4:16)
• That our words, sent with intent, will accomplish what we send them to do. (Matt 21:21; 12:36)
When we truly understand what Christ has done it totally changes how we pray. There is no persistent begging here. There is only thankful hearts and words that correspond with that. We understand and believe what he has done and we pray accordingly.
Every promise of God has been made 'yes' and 'amen' (so be it!) in Christ (2 Cor 1:20).