The life of Jesus was a lesson in how to pray. His prayers were answered! Don't you think we all need to go to His school? We all need some big prayers answered in our own lives, in our city and nation. Don't despair; it is possible for us to come into the kind of relationship where prayer is answered and changes life situations. I know all of you have your examples of hallelujah times when God moved in and everything was made new. Praise God for that, but I'm looking for more!
In the Lord's prayer Jesus tells us to pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven”. To me this is the central theme of all prayer, this is our access point to authority and answered prayer.
During World War II there were small groups of highly trained people who used short wave radios to contact the underground resistance army in various nations. Very fine tuning was required to gain a connection. The tuner was referred to as a cat’s hair! It was so fine. Why am I telling you this? There is a strange similarity in the Spirit for we who wish to see our prayers answered. We need to tune into the Spirit, into the heart of God, to hear His instruction. Radio waves travel in straight lines so that there is an alignment between the source and the receiver. Any divergence will prevent communication, then nothing can be transmitted or received. What a picture for us. We must have total alignment with our Heavenly Father so that we can hear and tap into all He has to say. Then we will be able to say with the Lord Jesus, "I know that My Father always hears me!"
Many things can interfere with radio reception and so with our ability to hear from our Father. We could go through lists of interferences. Obviously our sins top the list, ruining reception, but I'm thinking of the more subtle problems such as when our hearts are not fully walking in His straight way, then the connection is broken. There is no alignment but you may not recognize it. This question of alignment has been teasing my mind. Can I encourage you, as you read the Word, test your own heart to see if it is aligned to the Word of God; are you walking in His way? Talk to yourself about attitudes, reactions, responses, thought life; you are fine tuning your heart making it a ready receiver of His instructions and His authority in prayer.
Coming back to the words of The Lord's Prayer you should take note that Jesus didn't just pray, He decreed! "Your Kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." This is not a request, it's a declaration or a decree. When we hear in the Spirit the Father's plans for today upon the earth, or in your family or our nation, that word can come as a declaration or a decree. Proclaim it! This is not the time to petition God; speak out exactly what the Lord has said. Your words penetrate the earth and the heavens; they confront the powers of darkness. You speak the Word of God and as such it carries His prophetic power. Spoken out in faith with the anointing of God it will accomplish what it is sent to do!
So often before we come to the place of interceding with this manner of effectiveness the ground has been prepared with much prayer, heart rending supplications and deep repentance together making the way for effective declaration. All prayer is necessary and all prayer should be anointed and be an echo of what is heard in heaven. The great Intercessor, Jesus, is always praying, He is inviting us to tune in to His prayers by aligning ourselves perfectly with His divine purpose coming out of heaven into the earth. It is a time to put away our solutions, none of our quick fixes will do; we need an invasion of Heaven upon earth and God is waiting for us to align ourselves with Him and be His mouthpiece resounding on earth and in the heavens. Let our praying bring agreement between the Kingdom of Heaven and the earth.
As the people of God learn to tune into "the airwaves in the Spirit" so our communication will become rich and truly we will be able to say by faith, My father always hears me.[RT]