Derek Prince – Prayers and Proclamations – Introduction – Proclaim Praise Prayer Thanksgiving

Derek Prince Prayers and Proclamations

God had commissioned Moses to deliver Israel out of their slavery in Egypt, but Moses felt he was not equipped for the task. “What is that in your hand?” God asked. “A rod,” Moses replied. He saw no special significance in it. God proceeded to demonstrate to him the miraculous potential in that seemingly insignificant rod—and Moses actually fled in terror from his own rod! But when God showed him how to use the rod as an instrument of divine authority, it was all he needed to fulfill his task. With that rod Moses defeated the magicians of Egypt—stripped Pharaoh of his power— humiliated Egypt’s gods—and brought Israel out from slavery to freedom. You, too, have a rod in your hand: your Bible. If you can understand its unlimited potential, you can use your Bible as Moses used his rod: to extend God’s authority into any situation where Satan opposes the people and

the purposes of God. Over the past three years Ruth and I have been fighting a continuing war against Satan, who has opposed us and our ministry in many different ways. His primary goal has been to kill Ruth. In this war the Holy Spirit has taught us how to take the Bible as our rod and extend God’s authority through it into every area where Satan has been opposing us. The Holy Spirit has led us systematically to Scripture after Scripture, and has shown us how to direct them to each area where Satan has been opposing us. The strategy which the Holy Spirit has taught us is: PROCLAIM! THANK! PRAISE! First, PROCLAIM the appropriate Scripture with bold, unwavering confidence. To make this fully effective, we often personalize the passage we quote, making any grammatical changes needed to apply it personally to ourselves. For instance, where the Bible says, “you,” we change

it to “I” or “we.” The second step is to accept the Scripture we have proclaimed as true, even before we see its actual outworking in any situation. The natural result of this is to THANK God for it. This leads logically to the third step: loud, jubilant PRAISE. In Song of Solomon 6:4, Solomon depicts Christ’s Bride, the Church, as “awesome as an army with banners.” Under these three banners —PROCLAMATION, PRAISE, THANKSGIVING—we have been able to drive out the hosts of darkness and enter into the freedom which God has appointed for us as His believing people. The scriptural proclamations in this booklet have been tested and tried in our own experience. The passages we have memorized have been taken from the particular version that the Holy Spirit has made “alive” to us. Unless otherwise indicated, this is The New King James. Where we have felt it appropriate to make significant changes in the wording, this has been indicated by an asterisk (*).

The Scriptures are grouped under nine main headings: Righteousness and Holiness Health and Strength Guidance, Protection, Preservation God’s Intervention in Human Affairs Testing and Trial Spiritual Conflict Perfect Redemption Mental and Emotional Stability Serving God Finally, at the end, there are three comprehensive proclamations which are “special favorites” of ours. To receive the maximum benefit from these Scriptures, here are three simple steps to follow: 1. Ask the Holy Spirit to make “alive” to you the special Scriptures which are appropriate to your particular situation. 2. Read these Scriptures through many times—out loud, if possible.

3. Gradually proceed from reading aloud to systematic memorization. This is a natural step. The Hebrew expression for “to learn by heart” is “to learn by mouth.” As you read the words aloud, they gradually become imprinted on your memory. After a while, you will probably find other Scriptures, which the Holy Spirit makes “alive” for you in a special way. The blank pages at the end of each section are for those personal prayers and proclamations. Ruth and I pray that these Scriptures will do as much for you as they have done for us. They have made the difference between defeat and victory!
Derek Prince

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How To Be Sure God Listens To Your Prayers – Does God Really Answer Prayer? Yes, in Four Ways

Walkin in the Steps of Jesus - God answers Your Prayers

Do you believe God really answers prayer? Really and truly… that God hears your personal prayers and cares enough to respond? 

Your answer to those questions probably dictates if, when, where, and how you pray.

You know, prayer can serve many purposes, but generally speaking, it’s an intimate conversation with God. Prayer involves Him stirring our hearts, us communicating with Him, and then listening for how God may respond to us.

Now, when it comes to prayer, there are a lot of folks who have the idea that God doesn’t want us to ask Him questions. But that’s not true! God delights in His children asking Him questions. In fact, God was asked questions… big and small… all the way through the Bible.

One of the people who literally put God “on trial” was a man from the Old Testament named Habakkuk. Habakkuk was a prophet in Judah, and he felt the full weight of the problems, pressures, sins, and difficulties of his family and of his nation.

SEE ALSO: What Does God Promise You?

 

And although Habakkuk lived a long time ago, his story is extremely relevant…especially when you look at modern history and all that we’re dealing with in America and around the world.

In Habakkuk 1:2, Habbakuk asked the following of the Lord:

“How long, O LORD, will I call for help, and You will not hear?”

This was one of those big, deep, tough, “life” questions that Habakkuk was asking God. In the midst of all the chaos surrounding his life, he was basically asking, “God, where were you when I needed you the most?”

SEE ALSO: How to Find God When He’s Silent

Habakkuk was grappling with something each of us deals with as believers: unanswered prayer. He was complaining about the silence of God… and in his heart he desperately wanted to know why God wasn’t answering his prayers.

I’m sure you’ve probably felt this way before. Anyone who’s been walking with the Lord for any amount of time has. We want answers when we pray! And it’s frustrating when it seems like God is silent.

If you’ve ever felt this way, or even feel this way today, I have a word of encouragement for you. God does answer prayer. But He does it in four different ways.

“I can’t hear you.” Sometimes the Lord can’t hear us when we pray. And it’s not because we need to talk louder or speak more clearly. Sometimes God can’t hear us when we pray because according to Psalm 66 and Isaiah 5, there is sin in our life.   

“No.” Sometimes the Lord says “No” when we pray. And while this can be a very difficult answer to receive, it’s still an answer…regardless if we understand His decision at the moment or not. God is able to reveal His strength in you and me when we are broken and weak. So there is a purpose when God says “No.”

“Yes.” There is true power in prayer. And when we pray in Jesus’ name, He may also say “Yes.” “Yes, I’ll forgive. Yes, I’ll heal. Yes, I’ll step in to help.”

“Wait.” Sometimes the toughest answer to receive from God is “Wait.” When this happens, we need to remind ourselves that God is in control and can certainly handle our situation. We need to allow Him to continue working in whatever way He sees fit. And we can’t try to take back the situation, but must truly be patient and wait on God’s timing!

And this is exactly what God said to Habakkuk. He told him, “Even though you don’t think I’m listening, Habakkuk, I am working on a plan that is so much larger than you.”

The truth is, even though Habakkuk couldn’t see it, God was working the whole time! And the same is true in your life as a follower of Christ. If you’re in a holding pattern, trust that God is working, and that He is sovereign over all the details in your life.

 

God indeed does answer prayer…and, yes, your prayers!

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