I’ve recently had somewhat of an “aha” moment; when I say recently, I mean within the last few days. I love how Papa is always teaching me and connecting dots I felt had been left hanging. Years ago someone said to stop reciting our problems to Papa, praying from the place of victory instead. When our situations or issues are black and white, it is easy to know the victorious position. However, when the things we are praying for are somewhat obscure, it can be difficult to understand what victorious outcome we should seek because we never want to manipulate the hand of God.
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:1-5 NLT).
In my “aha” moment, it was almost as if Papa said “Finally, she gets it!” I believe to pray from the place of victory is to declare God’s Word over and into every single situation. Not just a flippant nod to Scripture, but dig into it, break it down and speak it out. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you find a Scripture applicable to what you are praying about, and then declare it. Our enemy has no ground left to stand on when we occupy our space with the authority of Papa’s Word.
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say…” (Matthew 4:4a NLT)
Our greatest example of how to execute this is Jesus Himself. When He was in the wilderness being tempted by Satan, His replies were “The Scriptures say”. This was not only an example of how to resist temptation but also how to pray victoriously. We’ve been given blueprints for victorious prayer and it is all right before us in Scripture. Whatever situation or circumstance we find ourselves in or even when praying for someone else, there is a Scripture that is applicable and can be declared over it. Papa’s word stands. “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it (Isaiah 55:10-11).