Prophetic Prayer: Sermon By Bishop Gobanga
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, even as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to be His own adopted children by Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in His Beloved: in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace, wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence. He hath made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, even in Him. In Christ also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.Ephesians 1:3-11 (KJV)
In this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
The success of a believer is largely pegged on prayers made aright. This anchors someone into the heart and mind of God per time per season.
A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian.
What is God’s prophetic purpose of prayer? Why do we pray? Do we seek God because we have problems?
Prayer conforms us to comply and to align us to the agenda, plan and purpose of God. Prayer helps us know God’s will.
God wants us to prayer for the disposition of God to be executed on earth as it is in heaven.
Our prayer lives need to be in line with the decree and will of the Father. Until we know God’s will, we are not praying.
There is God’s general will but there is God’s specific will of the Father. Here, a partnership of the Holy Spirit is requisite.
You will not pray specifically by the leading of the Spirit if you have a heart that is degenerated.
God is not obligated to speak your language. He speaks a language known as prophecy. Understanding prophecy in the true sense of its meaning is the only way you’ll know how to pray.
God’s will is God’s sovereign control over everything that comes to pass.
The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue.Proverbs 16:1 (AMPC)
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as are the watercourses; He turns it whichever way He wills.Proverbs 21:1 (AMPC)
Nothing moves God unless it is anchored in His perfect will.
God is in control over everything concerning Kenya. As citizens of Kenya, we need to pray for our leaders because they occupy a position that is sensitive. We must pray that the Lord may take hold of their hearts so that they can move according to the heart and mind of God.
God’s decree cannot be broken. God’s will of His decree will always come to pass.
The will of God’s decree is His secret will that only the Holy Spirit can reveal via prophecy. The prophetic unveils the mysteries and hidden things of God.
It was God’s will that Joseph be sold as a slave so he can rise to power, save Israel and grow in numbers so they can go to occupy Canaan, the promised land. It is in that context that he grew as an interpreter of dreams and governor to build the nationhood of Israel. The word tested Joseph.
Joseph didn’t know why he had to go through what he went through until it all came to pass.
The decree of God factors the mistakes you will make. Your mistakes will never thwart what God intends to pass. They are immaterial.
It is the Lord that worketh all things after the counsel of His will.
In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will.Ephesians 1:11 (AMPC)
Ephesians 1:3-11 describes God’s descriptive will.
It is grace that preserves us from our mistakes.
God calls people to Himself, not unto man. He specializes in calling to Himself and raising the people who society despises eg: prostitutes, divorcees etc
God’s will is not subject to human references. You are not who anyone says you are. You are who God says you are.
God takes you through a process that perfects you from your mistakes into the image and likeness of Christ.
You will experience comfort in obeying God. When you realise that you are sacrifice to be laid on the altar, obedience is key as you pay the price for His will to be done.
Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose. Isaiah 46:10 (AMPC)
God begins from the end. His accomplishments were enacted by His Divine decree. All that matters is you finding out how to get from one point to another. Pray so as to know the counsel of God’s will.
Because God is sovereign, He cannot be taken unaware. God will permit some unpleasant things to happen in your life. Even when He does so, He has the power to intervene and to prevent certain events that happen in the world.
The revealed/preceptive will of God is the will of God revealed in Scripture.
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?Micah 6:8 (AMPC)
Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).Ephesians 4:15 (AMPC)
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.Psalm 19:7 (AMPC)
The blessings of the Lord are conditional; predicated on our obedience to the Lord’s command. Entry into Heaven is predicated on the obedience to the will of God in heaven. This is the hidden will of God.
God has revealed His preceptive will to us through Scripture. The difference between the descriptive will of God and the preceptive will of God is that man can refuse to obey God’s preceptive will. Not everyone obeys the will of God but His will is that we obey Him.
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].Matthew 7:21-23 (AMP)
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all of the words of this law.Deuteronomy 29:29 (AMPC)
God’s sovereign will may be hidden from us and perhaps in our sinning because we lack the revelation of the same. This may fuel the fulfillment of the will of God but it does not justify our sinful acts.
Judas’s betrayal was part and parcel of the will of God but does not in any way justify his sin.
Violation of the preceptive will of God does not morally sanitize our actions. He does not give us a carte blanche to morally violate his law.
Moses was given the power to kill the Egyptian but it was not justified. He had to ran away from the authorities in Egypt.
God does not give you the moral right or obligation to violate His law.
Man’s will has the choice to break or obey the law of God.
God’s grace is His power and the ability to overcome. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness.
You cannot overcome sin without grace. iI infuses you with the supernatural dimensions to say no to wrong and pick on that which is right. God’s grace works in partnership with the Holy Spirit. This is demonstrated by one’s lifestyle – this is fruit.
For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world,
Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One), Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.Titus 2:11-14 (AMPC)