I like to begin my prayer time with praise, because we are told in Psalm 22, ‘God inhabits the praises of his people’. Praise clears away fear as I remind myself of His perfect love. Then, the prayer of declaration comes out of asking the Lord what is on His heart.
I have learnt that there is a miracle in my mouth. In Job 22:28 it says, ‘You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you.’ Jesus re-iterated this with, "Have faith in God. Truly I tell you if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea' and does not doubt in their heart but believes what they say will happen, it will be done for them" (Mark 11:23). Jesus told us to speak directly to the obstacle to tell it to be removed. Instead we often just speak to God about our mountain, but that is not what it says!
Proverbs 18: 21 says, ‘The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.’ We believe in the God who calls into being things that were not, as though they were. (Romans 4:17).
So with a prayer of declaration I speak to my mountain or dream and believe my tongue is creative as God is.
One time in prayer, I simply asked God to take my mouth and use it. That day I bumped into a lady on the street who was doubled up horizontally from the waist down, walking with a stick. As I passed her by, quite spontaneously I found myself saying “STAND UP in Jesus name." She shot up straight and no one could have been more surprised than I was. She gushed forth in a foreign language and beamed at me with extreme delight. "Jesus” I explained, backing away in shock and she laughed.
Minutes later in the safety of a shop, I asked the Lord, "What on earth happened there? Was she faking it?". He said you just did what I did in the synagogue where there was a man with a shrivelled hand. I read it up later in Mathew 9:13 where Jesus said, stretch out your hand. So he stretched it out and it was completely healed.
That is why I am so excited about prayer - there is power in your tongue!
Maggie and her husband Andrew went on the Le Bono Stewards’ Trust houseparty for many years, and their sons Harry and Rob appreciated Stewards’ Trust youth workers visiting them in their schools. Now a grandmother of three, Maggie, is currently working on a evangelistic musical film called Danny’s Song: www.dannyssong.co.uk