Our need to pray results from the way God arranged dominion on the earth. God made the world. Then He made men and women, giving them dominion over the works of His hands. When God said, “Let them rule…over all the earth,” He ordered the dominion of the world in a way that made rule by humans essential to accomplishing His purposes.
He causes things to happen on earth when men and women are in agreement with His will. Prayer, therefore, is essential for God’s will to be done in the earth. Since God never breaks His Word concerning how things are to work, prayer is mandatory, not optional, for spiritual progress.
God’s plan is for man to desire what He desires, to will what He wills, and to ask Him to accomplish His purposes in the world so that goodness and truth, rather than evil and darkness, may reign on the earth. In this sense, by praying, man gives God the freedom to intervene in earth’s affairs. Even before God’s plan of redemption was fully accomplished in Christ, God used humans to fulfill His will. We see this truth in the lives of Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, Daniel, and many others. God continued to work with mankind to fulfill His purposes on earth even though man’s part was limited by his sin and lack of understanding of God’s ways.
As a man or woman created in the image of God, dominion authority is your heritage. God desires that you will His will. His will should be the foundation of your prayers, the heart of your intercession, and the source of your confidence in supplication.
Father, I affirm that I am in agreement with Your will. Your will is in Your Word. Please continue to reveal Your will to me in the Scriptures each day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Prayer is earthly license for heavenly intervention.
Reading: Genesis 28–29; Matthew 8:18–34
-Daily Power and Prayer Devotional