1. Dialed-in prayer is joining the conversation that is already taking place in the spiritual world.
2. Join the conversation in heaven by declaring, listening, and asking in accordance with the conversation in progress. Matthew 6:31-34, Exodus 16:4-5, 16
3. Focus your prayers on today’s troubles, not tomorrow’s.
4. Join the conversation on behalf of those in your tent. John 14:12
Today Pastor Miles teaches us about the Holy Spirit and how to declare truths about the Holy Spirit in our prayer lives.
1. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all exist as God. Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 6:8, Matthew 28:19-20
The word “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible, but the concepts in Scripture provide us with an understanding of the triune God:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20
We are created in such a way that God’s love can flow through us and be expressed through us and in us.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not three humans, but three persons. It is your personhood that makes you what you are, gives you the ability to love, empathize, encourage, have relationship. Because we were created in the image of God, we have these abilities as well in our personhood. We are created in such a way that God’s love can flow through us and be expressed through us and in us.
DECLARE: I declare that I believe that you are God.
2. All Three work together.
Pastor Miles used a comparison with the renovation of our church building to explain the roles of the persons of the Trinity. In order to complete this massive project:
One person had the vision for the project and designed the plans for the building;
another person completed and signed the contracts with the city, and;
a third person/entity came in to do the physical work of the project to bring the plans to life.
FATHER - As the Almighty One, He establishes the plan of salvation. Galatians 4:4
SON - As the Mediator, He executes the plan’s contract in blood. Hebrews 9:15
HOLY SPIRIT - As the Helper, He implements the plan, sealing it with His presence. John 14:26
God is one (the number of unity), but in three (the number of divine perfection) distinct persons with three distinct roles, just as water, ice, and steam all have the same molecular structure (H2O) but three different functions and purposes. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have different roles, but they are perfectly united as one and never disagree.
The Holy Spirit works in your heart, speaking to you, guiding you, teaching you, and changing you. Rather than just listing our desires to the Holy Spirit, we make declarations of the truth of His purpose and role in our lives.
DECLARE: I declare my faith in Your active role in my life to transform me and perform the miraculous through me.
3. Jesus relied on the power of the Holy Spirit. Luke 4:1-2
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. Luke 4:1-2
If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit, you do too! You can’t pray effectively without the Holy Spirit. He prompts you, guides you, and reveals the deep things of God to you.
It should be our goal to be as full of the Spirit as possible. Think about what happens when you fill yourself with water throughout the day - it must come out of you again and again! Likewise, if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, it must overflow all over your life into the lives of others. God wants you to be a conduit, not a cul-de-sac!
DECLARE: I declare my faith that the Holy Spirit wants to do in my life what He did in Jesus’ life.
4. You cannot do anything without the Holy Spirit. Zechariah 4:6
DECLARE: I declare that I can do nothing in the kingdom of God without the Holy Spirit.
So he answered and said to me:
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6
5. Jesus promises to send the same Holy Spirit to you. John 16:7
Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. John 16:7
DECLARE: I declare my expectations that the Holy Spirit will move in my life.
Take the opportunity to receive that same Spirit that Jesus promised! Tell Him that you know He will move in your life and walk with the expectation that He will empower you, open doors for you, guide you, and give you opportunities to minister to others and be a light for the kingdom. As you dial in your thoughts to be consistent with spiritual truth, God will move!
6. The Father promised to send the Holy Spirit. Luke 11:11-13
If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:11-13
God is all loving, so how much better are His good gifts than ours? Everything is in place according to the Father’s promise, so you only need to declare it and walk in it.
DECLARE: Father, You said that if I asked, You would send the Holy Spirit; I am waiting in expectation for Him to come.
Before you ask for anything from the Holy Spirit in prayer, declare the truths about the Holy Spirit in your life. Expect that the Holy Spirit will do in you the same things He did in Jesus. Know that He has the plans for your life and that you need him. Know that you are meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit and that He wants to reveal the deep things of God to you. When you declare these truths, your perspective changes, and therefore, your prayers change!