2 Ironclad Ways to Empower Your Prayers
Adapted from “A Better Way to Pray” by Andrew Wommack
If you aren’t getting the results you know the Lord wants you to have, maybe it’s time to consider a better way to pray.
First, we need to recognize that God isn’t angry at mankind anymore. He is no longer imputing or holding our sins against us.
God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. —2 Corinthians 5:19
We are NOW reconciled to God through Jesus. He isn’t mad; He’s not even in a bad mood. The war between God and man is over.
God’s wrath and justice have been satisfied. Jesus changed everything. God isn’t angry. His mercy extends to all people. He loves the world—not just the church—but the whole world. He paid for all sin (1 John 2:2).
In the Old Testament, God’s judgment was poured out on both individuals and nations. In the New Testament, God’s judgment was poured out on Jesus. Jesus paid the price, if we will only believe.
Understanding what Jesus did completely changes our perspective!
Second, Jesus is now the Mediator. A mediator is one who seeks to reconcile, or make peace between, two opposing parties. In the Old Testament, man had not yet been reconciled to God through Jesus. The people needed a mediator to intercede with God on their behalf. In Genesis 18:23-25, Abraham interceded with God on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In fact, Abraham actually negotiated with God until He agreed not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for the sake of ten righteous people. But there weren’t ten righteous people in the whole city, and only some of Lot’s family survived
Modern-day “intercessors” believe we, too, must stand in the gap, or mediate, between God and man.
That couldn’t be further from the truth, but it is what’s being taught in many churches today. It ignores the fact that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father (Heb. 10:12), ever making intercession for us (Heb. 7:25).
If Abraham could persuade God, don’t you think Jesus could do at least as well?
In the New Covenant, Jesus is the ONLY mediator needed to stand between God the Father and mankind. Sin is no longer a problem with God; it’s been atoned for, and we are now the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. That is how God sees us. If we understand that, it will change the way we pray.
When Jesus became our Mediator, He put all other mediators out of business—forever!
Because of Jesus, all that God has is ours. We no longer need to beg or plead; we need to exercise the authority He has given us and receive His blessings!