Are You Ruling with Christ through Prayer?

“It is our responsibility to exercise the authority that is ours through His name, and in the face of all the forces of evil to demonstrate that Christ is alreadyKing of kings and Lord of lords.’” Derek Prince

How many of us realize that we are royalty? In light of the recent airport bombings and the steady increase of evil around the world, how easy it is for us to lose sight of our royal status and the authority that God has given us.

When we were in Asia several years ago, we were able to host the princess of Thailand on our ship. It was a grand occasion. We had to carefully learn the proper way to entertain such a royal guest. As she walked passed us, we had to bow and curtsy at just the right moment. Our fingers were held together in a prayer position at just the right location on our face. Too high or too low would be offensive. Her visit was important, and we didn’t want to make any mistakes with such royalty in the room.

The reality is that Christians are the true royalty on the earth.

Often we walk downtrodden and discouraged, letting the devil defeat us as we listen to his lies. At the moment, enemy lies are shouting at us from every direction – the media, magazines, newspapers, and television – the world system is everywhere. Who are we going to listen to? Let us not get disheartened at the trials that we face as God’s people. They are only to develop us in spirit and in truth, bringing forth the character of Christ.

We are sons and daughters of the King of kings, called to co-labor with Him. We are to help establish God’s Kingdom on earth through prayer. If we want to see breakthroughs, we must understand the authority that we have in Christ. It is so vital for us as God’s people to know that we can see heaven touch earth through our prayers.

We need to learn how to cultivate a Kingdom prayer life because we rule with Christ in our prayers.

Imagine if you had never driven a car in your entire life. You would have to walk everywhere. One day someone tells you that you are going to receive something that will take you everywhere you need to go. You are given a brand new car but you don’t know the features on the car. You get in and begin to drive, but you have the emergency break on! Since nobody tells you to take the break off, you drive no faster than 20 miles per hour. Nonetheless, you are excited. At least you don’t have to walk everywhere. But you don’t realize that you have lights or any other features on the car. You just know that for the rest of your life you can drive anywhere at 20 mph during the day.

Jesus came to earth in order to penetrate the kingdom of darkness with healing, joy, and purpose. He wants us to pray that things on earth would be like they are in heaven. He didn’t just come to give us a ticket to heaven like a car that only drives 20 mph during the daytime. He came to bring the Kingdom of God on earth.

We are on earth so that we can bring the Kingdom of God into our neighborhoods, workplaces, and nations. There is so much more than we have experienced. God wants His will done on earth as it is in heaven. We must find out the features that our King has provided and learn to drive this heavenly car with speed and expertise. Many of us are living in the mentality of driving a car that only goes 20 mph, but there is so much more that God has for us! Look at our royal status in 1 Peter 2:9:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”    

Realizing that we are in God’s family and that He is preparing us to rule and reign eternally with Him, should make our lives different from those in the world around us. All who want to enter into a Kingdom prayer life of spiritual breakthrough need to comprehend the unlimited power that is in Christ and available to us. We have authority in intercession! We are seated in heavenly places in Jesus Christ, who is the King of kings and Lord of lords, before Whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess His Lordship over all.

How to Pray with Authority as Royal Priests

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power, and dominion and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:18-21).

The following are ways to pray with authority as God’s royal priesthood:

  • Praise God for the authority He has given us – Through the ministry of intercession, we can influence the destinies of nations and governments and see many come to know Christ. Pray with authority for the nations God lays on your heart.
    “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
  • Praise God that we are citizens of His heavenly kingdom – God’s Kingdom is supreme over all other kingdoms and over all other forces that work on earth. We are made alive, raised up and enthroned in the heavenly Kingdom. It has already been accomplished!
    “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).
  • Pray that we would know our position and authority in Christ – Pray that we as the Church would use it wisely and set our hearts on things above.
    “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).
  • Pray that we would understand God’s Kingdom – Head knowledge isn’t enough, but by the Spirit, our hearts need to grab hold of the magnitude of God’s plans and provisions for us. Pray Ephesians 2:4-6 for the Church worldwide.
    “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6).
  • Thank God that this wisdom is revealed to us by His Spirit – Cry out to God for this illumination and wisdom by the Holy Spirit.
    “But as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
  • Pray that believers around the world would realize their holy priesthood – Pray for an increase in Holy Spirit inspired prayer in every nation.
    “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).
  • Praise God that as King He rules and as Priest, He intercedes – Because He lives, we also share in this priestly ministry of intercession.
    “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Every day God is preparing us for His Kingdom. He is making us ready to take responsibility and authority with Him when He comes. It is through prayer, intercession, and declaring His Word that we administer in the authority that is ours in the name of Jesus. As believers’ eyes are opened and as they pray, the authority of God is manifested upon the earth. We have expectation of a multitude of people laying hold of this truth. When this happens, the Church will begin taking the place God has designed for her.

“Prayer is God’s settled and singular condition to move ahead His Son’s kingdom. Therefore, the believer who is the most highly skilled in prayer will do the most for God. Men are to pray – to pray for the advance of God’s cause. The one who can wield the power of prayer is the strong one, the holy one, in Christ’s kingdom. He is one of God’s heroes, God’s saints, God’s servants, God’s agents. ‘Ask, and it shall be give you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you’ (Matthew 7:7). The strongest one in Christ’s kingdom is he who can knock the best, and the secret of success in Christ’s kingdom is the ability to pray.” E. M.  Bounds

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

What is God Saying About the Upcoming Election?

Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths” (Isaiah 2:3).

How is God speaking at this hour? It seems in a time of turbulence and confusion regarding the elections, we as God’s people must hear His voice. We need to be a people who have ears to hear what He is saying. He wants to instruct us at this critical hour – not about what politicians are saying for they all say different things – but what He is saying to us as a nation and as His people? When we hear from God with a heart to obey, we line up with His values of what is right and wrong. We make choices that are His choices.

The praying Church needs to become a Church that hears and speaks clearly the Word of the Lord. In Isaiah 2:3, we see that God is looking for a praying people. It is of utmost importance that we go up to the mountain of the Lord and hear Him. In prayer we hear God. Then we can prepare the way of the Lord and build a smooth highway for Him. It is necessary that we remove the crooked places of sin through prayer and repentance, and walk in His ways. We read in Isaiah 40:3-5:

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert, A highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Two contrasting examples of pride and humility are found in a political leader, King Uzziah, and the prophet Isaiah. The life of Uzziah is a reminder of the necessity for national leaders to walk in humility before the Lord. It is also a reminder for us to choose Godly, humble leaders who know that God is the one who prospers a nation. We must beware of the deception of voting for charismatic personalities instead of those who have God’s values. It is so easy to get lost in our culture and look to man as the savior of a nation instead of to God. We need to hear God’s voice and go to Jesus for truth. Isaiah was one who humbled himself before God in repentance and chose to put His trust in God and His values.

The Life of Uzziah

Uzziah became King of Judah when he was only 16 years old, and he ruled for 52 years from 783-742 BC. His name means “Jehovah is my strength.” He sought after God for 42 of those years, and during that time his reign was extremely prosperous (2 Chronicles 26:3-15). In the early part of his reign he was under the influence of the prophet Zechariah and was faithful to God. He fortified the country, re-equipped the army, and developed agriculture. Uzziah was a military genius. He conquered and overcame the Philistines and the Arabians. He supported the priestly ministry and flourished. In verse 15, we read that His fame spread far and wide, and he was miraculously helped by God.

Imagine being miraculously helped by God.

Uzziah was blessed in everything he set his heart to accomplish until he became strong. When he became strong and was filled with pride, his heart was lifted up to his own destruction. He saw himself as exalted above God’s ways when he entered the temple and made sacrifices, something that only the priests were consecrated to do. He no longer walked in God’s path. He offered incense, even when valiant men withstood him and told him not to do it.

Uzziah thought he was the key figure to His nation’s success. As a result a great earthquake shook the ground and he was struck with leprosy for disobeying God. He was driven from the temple for ten years (verse 19-21). He lived in disgrace and isolation the rest of his life and was buried in a lonely grave.

Uzziah failed to see that His true source of greatness was God and that all earthly rulers must bow to the purposes of God.

Isaiah’s Repentance

I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings… And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’ And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke” (Isaiah 6:1-4).

Isaiah is widely regarded as one of the greatest prophets of the Bible. His name means “The LORD is salvation.” In Isaiah 6:1, the year when Uzziah died, Isaiah had an amazing vision of God and saw the Lord on His throne with His robe filling the temple. This made an incredible impression on his life. Isaiah was a prophet for 50 years and prophesied during the reign of King Uzziah. He was probably about 20 years old when he spoke to Uzziah. This means that he grew up knowing the fame of Uzziah. He also saw how Uzziah’s heart was lifted up in pride and arrogance, leading to his own destruction.

Isaiah confessed that he was one among others in his generation that had looked to a human king instead of to God. This was highlighted when He saw this vision of God in His glory. In light of the life of King Uzziah and the prophet Isaiah, there are four questions we can ask ourselves that relate to our culture right now:

  • Who is the source of greatness? Uzziah exalted himself in pride and arrogance and was on a slippery slope leading to destruction. We can’t observe our political candidates as the key to our success and the source of our prosperity. The source of greatness is God. He sits on the throne, high and lifted up. May we confirm that our source of greatness is in God alone.
  • Where is our hope? When we are enamored with charismatic leaders and presidential candidates, we can forget where our true hope lies? Is it in God or man? We can be easily deceived and must beware of overlooking pride in political leaders and a heart lifted up. The Bible says blessed are the poor in spirit. Pride ends in destruction and is deadly in leaders. The outward reflects the inward. We must realize that our hope is in God and not man. Only God can help our nation.
  • Are we committed to living righteously before God? As God’s people, we need to make a humble and obedient commitment to righteousness. Do we want a president more than a prophet, a charismatic leader to solve our problem of sin as a nation? God is holy. We must pray for God’s righteous standards in our land and vote God’s values.
  • Are we fervently praying at this critical hour? The place of prayer is the place of power. It is time to give ourselves to prayer both personally and corporately. What we need is for the Church to rise up to the high mountain of prayer and see the Lord. This is the position of strength for any nation. Our eyes must be on the King of Heaven.

Like Isaiah in chapter 6, it’s time to humble ourselves and repent of pride, arrogance, and looking to leaders to solve the problems of America or any nation. Only God can save us. God want to deal with our hearts. We need to remove the stones of sin and make the crooked places straight and the rough places smooth. This is the answer to our nation. Like Isaiah in verse 5-6, we can repent and God forgives:

“’Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.’”

It’s time to go up to the mountain, set our hearts right before God, and be his voice at this hour. He is speaking to us and we can hear His voice every day (Isaiah 50:4). As the people of God, we can consecrate ourselves afresh to Him, and vote for righteous and godly values. We can be His voice to our family, friends, and the lost. Through our voice, we can turn people’s hearts towards Him. We can prepare the way of the Lord and make a highway for our God.

“A preacher preaches a message. A voice is much more than this. A message can deliver content, but a voice comes from an anointed life that has the power to actually turn people. A message delivers information. A voice delivers people. Anyone can deliver a message, but only a consecrated life can be a voice.” Wes Martin

For those of you from other nations, apply this message personally and during times of national elections.

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)