“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” – Prov 25:2 (KJV)
God hides things! And He expects us to search them out.
In God’s plan, He has His responsibilities and we have ours. The Holy Spirit reveals to us God’s provisions for us and we have the responsibility to take or receive the things.
Something revealed may be left or ignored. So how do we take what is in the spirit realm and call it into physical manifestation?
“As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” – Romans 4:17 (KJV)
This is a process that involves the mouth. The mouth is engaged in calling things into manifestation; those things that are shown us by the Spirit of God.
Our mouths are given, not only for eating, drinking or discussing but also for calling things into being manifest.
“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.” – Romans 10:8 (KJV)
The word is not only near you, it is in your mouth! In your mouth!What word? The word of Faith! The word that can never be resisted by enemies or by the elements of creation.
“For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” – Luke 21:15 (KJV)
“For I will give you words and wisdom, so that not one of those who are against you will be able to get the better of you, or to put you in the wrong.” – Luke 21:15 (BBE)
The mouth is not given just for prayers. God hears your thoughts. He gave us the mouth to also be able to call those things that we need. No matter how dead the situation may be when we call those things we give life to them and they hear!!
With His mouth, Jesus called the dead, smelling Lazarus to life; and He said greater things we shall do!
Everyone has been given a mouth which God expects us to use. Native doctors do. Christians should! That is why it is habitually wrong to go to people for prayers, Jephtah, Jabez, Daniel, David etc, prayed for themselves.
Yes, we are to pray for one another. You pray for me, I pray for you, but not for me to set myself as a god over you, and you habitually come to me for prayers! This would not help your spiritual growth!
If you are a Christian, you are a priest, chosen by God. As a member of the royal priesthood you have constant access to the King. If there is ever a need in your life, you don’t have to find an intermediary or enlist another priest in order to gain a hearing from the King. Your position as a royal priest allows you direct access.
As a pastor, my responsibility toward you is three fold.
(1) Teach you.
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” – Jer 3:15 (KJV)
I should sit at the feet of the Lord and like Habbakkuk, “see” what He would say to me that I might tell you the same. This includes searching out the truth of the Word, the very mind of God, and pass them to you; not peddling what I heard others preach.
(2) Monitor your spiritual growth.
“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” – Prov 27:23 (KJV)
“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds.” – Prov 27:23 (ESV)
“Take care to have knowledge about the condition of your flocks, looking well after your herds.” – Prov 27:23 (BBE)
My interest in you should go beyond just giving you the word of God, I should watch you closely, marking your steps peradventure you are deviating and encouraging you to remain in the right path.
(3) Pray for you.
a) That you understand the word of God, and that He has a plan for you.
“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.” – Eph 1:15-18 (KJV)
b) That your faith fail not.
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” – Luke 22:31-32 (KJV)
We are not told when Jesus prayed for Peter, but He did; that the Apostle would not be weakened by the enemy. I should pray for you, in the closet, that God should strengthen you to do His will. We all need His strength to do His will!
“And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” – Ezek 36:27 (KJV)
Salvation is a personal race. I cannot run your race. I can only encourage you to run and not give up. If I make myself the center of your prayers, God will be angry with me as I would not only be pointing to myself but would have set myself as a god over you.
Use your mouth! Call what you need!! Stop depending on others!!!
To sharpen your mouth you need:
(1) To put evil talk away from your mouth.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” – Eph 4:29 (KJV)
Cursing, slandering, backbiting, gossip, speaking lies, four-letter words, should be far from your lips!
“Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.” – Prov 4:24 (KJV)
(2) Talk less!
“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” – Prov 10:19 (KJV)
You do not have to talk at every occasion.
(3) Fill your mouth with praise to Him.
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” – Psalms 34:1 (KJV)
(4) Pray in Tongues!
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. – Jude 1:20 (KJV)