God impresses more and more upon me that many of life’s battles are not fought by human strength but by the Spirit of God. God is calling His church to His presence. In the story of Gideon when Midianites were intimidating and ravaging his people, Gideon engaged the Lord. It allowed God to release him from fear and made him the leader he was to be. We know the end result was glorious. Gideon defeated the Midianites and recovered all that were lost. This example in Gideon is an encouragement to us and helps us arise in faith in aspiring to our higher level in spiritual strength and courage.
Upon engaging the Lord, Gideon did something that caught my attention. He asked the Lord to wait for him while he went to prepare a sacrifice to offer to Him. Essentially he recognized God is on his case. He built an altar to worship the Lord. This heart to intentionally honour the Lord translated in worship is God’s directive to us for 2014. The Year of Release starts with honouring God in worship rather than just keep telling God our needs.
In worship we engage the Lord in His presence in which is freedom and joy. In worship we are in God’s realm of heavenly things. It is the beginning of heaven invading earth in our life’s circumstances. In worship we catch glimpses of heaven; God’s mind regarding earthly affairs. From these we pray from heavenly perspectives. This is what I mean, “praying from heaven”; having God’s mind and attitude about our affairs on earth. It’s like Jesus, praying in heavenly wisdom with heavenly authority. Such faith in prayer will bring better results.
David testified that in this new habit of daily worship, he saw the Lord’s help in getting payments for his construction work in speed never before seen. Companies take up to 18 months to return his performance bond. Recently, a company returned his bond money immediately after completion of his work. His profits have risen from 15-50%. His only explanation is God’s favour for him as one that found priority in worship of the living God and seeking Him first before other cares.
Dennis fell and suffered two broken toes with intense pain and swelling. The black and blue swollen foot was to hinder his work trip to a nearby country. One night, while praying for him, those that habitually worship God before prayer, saw a vision of a jug pouring water onto Dennis’ toes. Ridiculous as it seemed, they asked for permission to do just that. After doing that they prayed. Later they noticed Dennis testing his injured foot. On closer look, the swelling subsided, the blue and black disappeared; all that in about 10 minutes. On the appointed day, Dennis was able to fly on his business trip. This is what I mean by “praying from above”. In His presence is your release.