Prayer and Proclamation is Practical
October 16, 2016
This is the continuation of a series of Podcasts started in Episode #514.
(Felicia) I always tell my junior high girls this story but… And I actually didn’t think about it until you just spoke. I don’t know why, but about five or six years ago the Lord was asking me to start proclaiming something over myself in the mirror every morning. And the reason why is because I was proclaiming something else that was not good over myself every morning in the mirror literally, and I had no idea what I was doing. But for, I think up to that point, it had been at least a couple of years where almost every morning I would look at myself in the mirror, and I would tell myself how ugly I was. I’m like in my mid-twenties, and you know, that’s so a thing like most junior high girls go through, but here I am in my mid-twenties, and I’m hitting that point. And some days I would just be indifferent and say it. Some days I would cry and say it, and some days it would just, I would just be mess. But I did that for like two years, and then I had an encounter with the Lord where I knew that He was delivering me from really self-hatred. And the next morning I woke up, and I’m brushing my teeth, I’m in the bathroom and all of a sudden I hear the Holy Spirit say, “Now, tell yourself you’re beautiful.” And I did that for about a year, maybe even two years. I can’t remember, but faithfully for about a year. Every morning I would tell myself, “Felicia, you’re beautiful.” And then I’d get up the next day and I’d say, “Felicia, you’re beautiful.” And anyway it really did deliver me from that lie, because… And it did the opposite because I proclaimed the opposite over myself, so it bound me to that. So anyway, that’s just, like that’s the most black and white experience I’ve ever had in proclaiming the Lord and not proclaiming the Lord over myself. So…
(Martha) Thank you for sharing that.
(Vicki) No, I just wanted to say that there was a time when we were really financially poor, and we were starting a new business and it was really tight, and I just started walking around the house just speaking all the words. You know, “pressed down, shaken together, running over… Faith is the substance of things hoped for.” And I just, well, I would do it for every day in the morning, and Joe would be like, “Could you walk in a different space?” Because I was making a rut in the house, and like around the house. And the neighbors are watching, and I’m getting louder as I’m going outside. In the winter, I’m putting my coat on, but there was a day when I opened the door and I believed everything I was saying, and I knew that God was so happy about hearing His Word in the air and in the earth He created. And I was transformed. The Word was never… I wish I would do it more. This is a good reminder today, but that transformed our family, and we were coming into what the Lord wanted for us. But I changed my own speaking His Word. I think it was six months into it. I just believed every word, and I knew how excited He was to hear His Word. And I was like, “Yes,” and I got more and more happy. It was really cool. So…
(Rebecca) What Derek Prince taught us, (book Prayer and Proclamation now available at LivingChristianBooks.com) reminded us that Muslims pray 3-5 times a day. I don’t recall that, but 5 times. And they are serious about it, and all participate aloud. And it’s just a reminder to me as a believer that I need to be verbal in my proclamation. Too often I’m silent. I’m praying internally. I’m even quoting scripture silently, and it is a reminder to speak out the truth, because the lie is going into the atmosphere regularly and timed and multiplied. And so, as believers we have our responsibility to put the truth into the atmosphere.
(Martha) We did a conference in New Mexico. I’ve heard Derek Prince, years ago, and we would do the proclamation in front of our conferences wherever we went, but really not believing or understanding the power of it until I went back and heard him twenty years later on Youtube. And so we began to do it in earnest, and Carole, in particular, that’s her anointing. Well, we had this woman praying for us who really gets valid scripture, and we were in New Mexico, and we were proclaiming some things that she had given us, and we saw enormous difference in that conference. Even the leaders said, “There’s been no controversy. There’s been no… anybody dissatisfied.” Can you remember anything else? On the ride back they were just raving about how easily that conference went, and we were proclaiming from the time we were at home all the way through the trip and every day in front of people. And one of the scriptures this friend sent, and she said, “I’ll be praying that silently.” I said, “No, no you won’t. There has to be the sound.” And that little experiment with sand showed me that it has a literal power, not to mention a spiritual power from the words. So… That was crucial to this if we’re going this direction for what you just said.
(Carole) Derek Prince says that proclamation is an aggressive spiritual warfare, aggressive spiritual warfare.
(Felicia) I had a conversation with a group of Muslims who were evangelizing downtown in Kansas City about a month and a half ago. And just to validate what you were saying, they wanted… I was in a very lengthy discussion with them, but they wanted to give me a CD of the call to prayer. And he made a reference in saying how powerful it was to actually hear it and listen to it. And I said, “You’re exactly right, and that’s exactly why I’m not going to take it, because I know the power of the spoken word.” And I had just been in Dubai, like twelve months prior and heard the call of prayer, you know, like in the middle of the airport. And I remember praying over myself that the Lord would just keep me, because I know the power. Their words have power and my words have power and authority. So…
(Martha) Good, good.
(Jay) The Lord says one prayer in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, a thousand prayers of false call to prayer in the Muslim world flee. And I believe that. One prayer, spoken out loud in the Spirit of Truth, a thousand prayers in the Muslim false call to prayer flee, because that’s the power of the Kingdom. That’s the power of God that Martha’s talking about that we have been endued with; Kingdom benefits and Kingdom power that He’s given us to walk in and to walk in faith in and to, you know, battle.