Too often in the modern church we are finding false teaching concerning prayer that suggests that Christians should command God. They actually teach that a person who petitions God as a servant, is really lacking in faith. They believe that you should pray as if you are a little ‘god’ (yourself) and should speak things into existence just as God does. Nothing could be farther from the truth; you don’t command the King of Kings, He commands you; you don’t command God He must commands you!
Consider the way the psalmist describes our relationship to God in Psalms 100:3,
“Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”(KJV)
The Psalmist is teaching us that we belong to God and not the other way around. Furthermore, unless we Know that He is God and our Creator, we won’t truly know our place and position in Him, which opens the door to pride and rebellion. And if we are in a rebellious state of mind when we pray, how, then, can our prayers be answered?
Always Remember That Any Authority That We Have Comes From God.
The Bible clearly teaches that God gave us power and authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19, 20) only, however, after we have given our hearts to Christ. This means that we can take authority over demonic forces and evil spirits and command them to loosen their hold and leave never to return. In this way, yes we must speak boldly but only with the understanding that this power was given to us by the Holy Spirit because we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ. Then, we are released to speak authoritatively in His name!
The Bible also teaches in Genesis 1:26 that man was given authority and power over every living creature that lives on land, in the sea, or that soars in the air. Yet, man was never given authority over God. Therefore, we, as Christians, can command evil spirits and even command (through our dominance) the entire animal kingdom, but you don’t command God to do anything. When you pray to God, you must pray with the right attitude.
What Should Be Our Attitude In Prayer?
When we pray Jesus taught, as He concluded His parable of the two men praying in Luke 18: 9-14, that,
“…for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”(KJV)
In other words, don’t ask God for anything as if you deserve it, we find that even Job did not deserve the kindness of the Lord, and God called him the most upright man on the face of the Earth (Job 1:8 & Job 38-42). And certainly we don’t command God to do anything. Instead, ask Him by faith while exposing the true person (with our faults and all) before God, relying on His grace and mercy to answer our prayers.
Furthermore, we can literally speak the promises of God as we pray. That is to say, we can and should remind God of His promises given to us in His Word concerning our area of need. If we are in a desperate financial need, we might say, for example: “Lord, your word says in Philippians 4:19,
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”(KJV)
Or, we might say: “Lord your word says in Psalms 37:25, 26,
(25)”I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.(KJV)
(26)”He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”(KJV)
Therefore, we must understand that speaking the promises of God is not commanding or demanding of God, it is a way of reminding God what His Word says concerning us. Why is this? It is this way because the Bible promised in I John 5:14,
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”(KJV) A-men