Whenever you turn a radio on, you might hear static until you dial into a station whose program you can hear clearly. The program itself is already in progress; you are simply joining into what is happening. When you pray, you are joining into an in-progress conversation that is already happening in the heavens around you.
If you understand the truths about your relationship with God, you will stop asking for things that you already have and stop worrying about things He has already handled.
Tune into what God is already saying about you as He converses with the Son and the Holy Spirit. Tune in to what the angels are already doing on your behalf. Tune into the ways Jesus is advocating for you against the devil’s accusations. Tune into what the Holy Spirit has found in his search for the deep things about your life. Rather than asking for your list of wishes according to your own desires, find out what God has to say about you. If you understand the truths about your relationship with God, you will stop asking for things that you already have and stop worrying about things He has already handled.
So how do we dial into God’s station?
1. Dialed-in prayer is joining the conversations in heaven by declaring, listening, and asking in accordance with the conversation in progress.
You can dial into the heavenly conversation by doing these three things:
2. DECLARE: to announce or proclaim agreement. Hebrews 4:12
Declaring God’s Word and truth subjects your mind to an active power of God.
Sometimes we are surrounded by fears and lies from the moment we wake up in the morning! Don’t decide to listen to the devil, giving up and walking in defeat and despair.
Instead of focusing on hypotheticals or the facts of your current circumstances (which can change), announce and declare what is true. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) and he is “the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow” (Hebrews 13:8). Boldly declare the truth that you are a child of God, who loves you, forgives you, and remembers your sin no more. Victoriously declare that He has already blessed you, opened doors for you, and prepared the way for you.
When you declare the Word and truths of God, you subject your mind to something living and active:
God’s Word is alive! Hebrews 4:12
When you speak God’s Word, it’s not your word, but God’s truth, which reveals His purpose, guides you, speaks back to you, gets in your heart and transforms you. Read it, know it, and memorize it, because you can’t declare what you don’t know.
God’s word accomplishes God’s purposes. Isaiah 55:10-11
Just as the falling rain accomplishes the purpose of sustaining life, so God’s Word has a purpose and it accomplishes its purpose. When you begin to declare God’s truth, Scripture will do something good in your heart that you may not even understand.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
God’s word will do something in your mind and heart to bring freedom, perspective, and clarity. Declare God’s word as truth and speak life over yourself and others.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
God’s Word creates. Genesis 1
Just as God spoke creation into being, you create with your words. The words you speak live in your brain, which has elastic properties that can be molded and changed. Therefore, your words can transform your mind - will you bring life with your words or death?
3. LISTEN for the still, small voice of God in your heart. John 10:27, 1 Kings 19:11-12, James 3:17
When you set aside your sacred time to pray, bring a paper and pen so that while you are declaring God’s truth, you can write down whatever you think He is saying. His voice will always be in agreement with His Word, heart, and purpose.
Being able to hear the voice of God is of the utmost importance. While you pray, converse with others, or go about your day, listen for His voice, His perspective, and His direction.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27
God has so much to say about every area of your life! Learn to recognize His voice.
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19: 11-12
God does not yell at you. His voice is more like your conscience, calling you to holiness, to step out in faith, to love, to forgive, etc. Your job is to listen for His voice!
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James 3:17
Start claiming and reminding yourself of what is already true. Align your thoughts with God’s thoughts and your actions with God’s will!
4. ASK: Make a request that is consistent with your declarations and the voice of God. John 14:12-14
Spend as much time as you can declaring truth and listening to God because there’s a good chance that God has already provided more than you are asking. If you walk in truth, rather than lies, perceptions, or fear than you can more clearly see the blessings that you already have. Consequently, you’ll find yourself asking for very little for yourself because you’ll realize you already have what you need and you are already equipped to minister to other people.
If you haven’t done so already, write down the names of three people you will invite to Easter services and pray for them in these weeks leading up to Easter!