AUDIO MESSAGE – Have you ever stopped to actually consider what the purpose of prayer is?
Some would say it’s as simple as talking to God like having a chat with your best friend… which it is. But prayer is also so much more. I wonder if we sell ourselves short of the true power and purpose of prayer by failing to see the big picture plans of God.
The purpose of prayer was revealed at the very beginning through the story of creation.
In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule.” From the moment God created man his calling and assignment was clear. Mankind was created to rule and reign on the earth in submission and obedience to God, expanding the borders of his Kingdom as ambassadors in the territory of the earth.
As Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the garden every day building an intimate relationship with their creator. Out of those intimate moments of conversation, they would have the opportunity to ask questions and receive direction and instruction directly from the heart of God, in order to carry out their God-given assignment in this world. A beautiful partnership between God and man for the glory of God to be seen in all the earth.
My personal definition of the purpose of prayer: To see God’s kingdom established on the earth… in our own lives first and then in the world around us.
Adam and Eve were able to walk in their assignment to rule on earth when they were fully dependant on God, in constant communion with him and then stepping out in faith to execute what God spoke to them. We lost the true purpose and the heart of communion with God in the fall, but everything that was lost in Adam was restored in Christ.
IN Christ. Paul uses this term or similar ones like with Christ or through Christ 164 times in his writings, emphasizing our need to see ourselves IN Christ. A quick read through the first three chapters of Ephesians reveals several of these IN Christ promises…
We are God’s holy people in Christ Jesus
He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
We are chosen in Christ and included in Christ when we believed.
He has freely given us grace in Christ
In Christ, we have redemption through his blood which is the forgiveness of sins
He predestined us to adoption in Christ Jesus in accordance with his pleasure and his will
We are marked in Christ with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.
He makes known to us the mystery of his will, which he purposed in Christ, which is to bring unity to all things in heaven and earth under Christ.
Through Christ, we have access to the Father
And now in Christ, we who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ
In Christ and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
We are made alive in Christ
He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus
God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus
And then after all this in Ephesians 3 Paul says, for this reason, I bow my knees before the Father. Paul prayed with authority because he had a revelation of his position in Christ Jesus seated in the heavenly places with freedom and confidence to approach God in prayer. If we could get this image that Paul had in our minds, I believe it would revolutionize our prayer lives.
Remember the original design and purpose of mankind was the exercise the authority of the kingdom of heaven on earth. We lost our position in the fall, handing over the keys to Satan through his deceptive temptation. But Jesus came to restore us back into the rightful place of authority.
With our inheritance, with all those spiritual blessings in the heavenly places, comes certain rights and responsibilities. It is our right to be seated with Jesus in Heavenly places, but it is our responsibility to live like we know it’s true.
If we could envision ourselves in our rightful place in the throne room of heaven, our prayers would be more targeted and precise.
We would have greater alignment, clarity and purpose in our prayer life.
We would be bolder and more courageous in the areas God has called us to take authority in.
We would be much more calm and peaceful, trusting fully that God hears our prayers and is actively working with us to see his plans and purposes come to life.
We would have faith for things we can’t even imagine right now.
I had the opportunity to share this message on our positional authority in Christ at a Prayer Masterclass at my home church. You can listen to the full teaching session here.
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Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.