THE POWER OF OUR WORDS
We have to be ever so careful with our words and what they birth in the life of our children. Our words are powerful beyond what we can imagine. We must be intentional about declaring the blessings and favor over our children. When our words align to His truth, we are seeding them with the truth of who they are in Christ.
Life and death are in the power of the tongue.
I am so often asked, "What do I pray?" I think prayer is most effective when it moves from pleading to praising.
We are to pray without ceasing and they are many ways to pray. At least once a day, I pray as suggested by Dr. Caroline Leaf
I thank Him, praise Him and worship Him.
Some mornings I am intentional about doing this in my quiet time, but often I follow this prayer in the shower or dressing or driving. Psalm 100 says that we enter the gate with Thanksgiving and the courts with Praise. Dr Leaf has scientific evidence that this is posture of prayer can physically renew your mind. It also sets the tone of your day:)
I journal as a way of communing with the Father, because He speaks through my journals. If you love Jesus Calling like most women, and even my husband, these daily devotions are Sarah Young's journal entries from years of communing with God. Enjoy Jesus Calling, but don't let it substitute for your own conversations. Teach your girls to journal too.
Through out my day, I will speak declarations over my family. Here I am sharing some declarations but also hoping to show you effective ways to pray.
Take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Ephesians 6:17-18
There are verses that direct us to pray in the Spirit like Romans 8:26-27, but I don't believe this verse is speaking to a prayer language "praying in the Spirit," but rather to the power of praying the Word. We often want to pray off a spirit of insecurity or fear off of our children, without replacing it with TRUTH. So the declarations are intended to:
1. Recognize the lie
2. Replace it with the Truth in scripture.
3. Declare aligned to the Truth.
The "I Declare" is mostly scripture as you may recognize. The word of God is never returned void, so we are standing on the authority of the word. Often in prayer we plead for things all ready available and given, so I use words like agree, receive, aware or stand. For example, we may say be with her Father, but the Truth is that He never leaves, so we are praying for something already done. We need to pray for her awareness of His presence. We don't have to ask to make her kind, if she is a believer, because it is in her, so we claim that kindness that is the fruit of His indwelling Spirit to manifest.