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Don’t Stress, Rest!

Philippians 4:6

‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.’ (KJV)

Stress is often subtle; people don’t always recognize that they are battling with its symptoms, weighed down by pressure. However, this is not the portion of a child of God. No way! Although, in the systems of this world there is plenty of opportunity and reason for stress, we can reign above it! We can enjoy the love of our Papa and live free from fear and stress!

This is why the Bible encourages us to be anxious about nothing; “Be careful for nothing” (KJV), because it is the portion of the believer to live stress free. The Bible wouldn’t encourage it if it weren’t possible. No, there is real potential to live everyday stress free! And instead of stressing, we can rest. This is what the Bible encourages us to do instead of being anxious; “but in every thing by prayer and supplication.’” (KJV). This verse is simply talking about consciousness; i.e. instead of being anxious, we get to be, when we like, aware of God and the good things in our inheritance. Prayer is the Greek word proseuchē, and petition is the Greek word deēsis, and both simply refer to being aware of and enjoying God. I don’t believe Philippians 4:6 refers to us asking God for things he has already provided; God has already given us every blessing we need (see Eph. 1:3, 2 Pet. 1:3). Philippians 4:6 is talking about how we can, instead of worrying, focus on and enjoy Jesus. And when we do this we can be sure that our needs have been met by Christ’s Finished Work. This is why Paul adds, “with thanksgiving”, because it is already a reality. Paul then adds, “let your requests be made known unto God” (KJV); here we see the direction of our consciousness – God. Instead of worrying, we get to be conscious of God (prayer and petition) and then be thankful (because we have the answer)!

This is the antidote to stressful living! Why don’t you try it? Instead of stressing, why not rest? Instead of being caught up in the art of worrying, why not enjoy Jesus and fill your mind of all the wonderful things in your inheritance? Now, we aren’t to make this into a work; some people replace worrying with trying to be prayerful. The reality is so much better. We get to enjoy faith, to enjoy our union with the Godhead, when we want to, led by the Spirit, and as we do we will see faith expressing itself and the power of God made manifest!

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New Covenant Prayer – Part 2

By Josh Hunt

In this article I want to look at New Covenant prayer, exactly; what is it? And probably as equally precisely; what it is not! Well, let’s start by stating the obvious, what most Christians believe, even those shrouded with legalism: prayer is powerful. Now I want to clarify this by calling to remembrance the fact that it is actually the finished work of Jesus which is powerful, but prayer can be a way that faith is expressed, resulting in power. Of course this statement is only true if prayer is Spirit-led, and although many think they know what that means, the truth is that Spirit-led prayer is prayer that is in line with grace and is inspired and filled with the power of the Spirit and the outrageous love of our great Daddy God. So, saying that prayer is powerful and that it ought to be Spirit-led, let’s go a little bit deeper into what prayer actually is and how it works.

In order for us to understand new covenant prayer, we must know what underlines it, what its foundation is. Most Christians seem to stop at non-descript foundations; if you ask most believers what the foundations of the Christian life are, they will probably tell you things like; obedience, bible reading, prayer, and maybe giving. But those are all activities that can enjoyed. Truly though, the foundation of the Christian life, and indeed the foundation of prayer is Jesus! Jesus Christ and his Finished Work is the foundation of prayer and new covenant prayer is perfectly at home, and in-line with this foundation!11

This foundation (Jesus) of course oozes with what Jesus came and accomplished through his incarnation, his death, resurrection, and ascension! This foundation oozes ‘it is finished!’, and although many are stuck in a mind-set which asks for more, true prayer remains to be enjoying that which we have already been given! While we are on the subject of asking for more, let me say; God has provided a holistic Salvation, a Salvation that is complete and contains every blessing we could ever need and imagine, so how can we seek that which we have been given? Asking for what Jesus has already provided is common among church folk, but is foreign to the apostle Paul; who boldly, consistently, reminded the church that they are complete and have been given everything that Jesus is and has! He even went as far as to say that we are ‘joint-heirs’ with Christ (See Romans 8:17)!

One of the most common misconceptions of prayer is that prayer is a weapon with which we ‘win’ (whatever the ‘win’ may be). However, the truth of Jesus (the foundation of prayer) tells us that in him we already have victory. In the new covenant we find again and again the tale that Jesus has won and we get to share his victory! Also, when Paul talks about our spiritual weapon and armour, he doesn’t mention prayer as a tool to victory in and of itself (see Ephesians 6), what he does mention however, are beliefs that are centred upon the Finished Work of Jesus! Prayer does not achieve, Jesus achieved!

Although prayer isn’t a work for us to use to move the divine into giving that which we lack (an impossibility as we have been given all that Jesus is and has), prayer is a channel which faith can use to enforce the victory that Jesus has already won! The Holy Spirit loves to love us in wonderful and spectacular ways, and show us our beauty in ways that are intimate and real. And, although this can take many different forms, it is being conscious of this, mainly the Spirit in us and around us, for us, and in love with us, that constitutes prayer. It is in this way that faith can operate in, and move through. Through this consciousness (and again, this could take many different shapes), grace, through faith is searching the deep things of God, and leading us to enjoy the wonderful life given to us in Jesus! As I have heard it said; ‘prayer is kissing our Father’s face’!

When we understand prayer as a way to simply be loved, and enjoy our Daddy’s nearness, we disconnect with ideas of prayer being hard, or as being a tool to attain something foreign or distant! Prayer being simply an enjoyment of Daddy God introduces us to the privilege of ‘want to’; we aren’t left having to pray in order to get God to grant us a good day, or to stop the devil coming after us, no, prayer becomes a thing of enjoyment; something we get to do (turning our attention to Daddy God), when we want to, in whatever way or form we like. Prayer does not take away from enjoying life, prayer is kissing God and being kissed in the midst of enjoying the fullness of life that he has already given us! 9

As I have already said, prayer can be a channel which faith uses to operate. New covenant prayer is turning and kissing our Daddy God, enjoying his love, and meditating on his promises, what’s more is that prayer can take many different forms. Some have heard that new covenant prayer is not striving or asking for what God has already given us, but its _______ [fill in the blank]. The problem that can happen with defining prayer by a function or outlet of prayer is that then it can be turned into a formula, and a formula is different than enjoying the living Holy Spirit. Prayer can look like some traditional outlets; commanding promises into existence, talking to God, speaking the word etc. But the heart of prayer is being loved and partnering with Holy Spirit. Faith may operate through prayer and it may look like the above, however, you could also enjoy your inheritance through methods that are personal to you (not that the above can’t be).

New covenant prayer is all about Jesus. New covenant prayer is all about you. There is no tension between the above statements because the focus of prayer is union; not attaining, but enjoying, and because it’s enjoying it becomes Spirit-led! The flavour of faith is rest, and so of course that should be the flavour of prayer! Nothing about prayer should be detached from the reality that we are in perfect union with Daddy God and have all that he is and has!

So, enjoy faith today! Enjoy your life! Don’t limit prayer to the confines of tradition! Enjoy the Spirit and be led into glorious and happy experience with the one who knows you, who adores and loves you!

New Covenant Prayer – Part 1

By Paige Hunt

Our desire is for you to discover a Christianity that is as natural as breathing, and completely well-suited to your humanity. This authentic faith can sometimes involve more unlearning than learning, and definitely more snuggling and cuddling in the arms of a generous Daddy, 6and less trying to impress God through fixed and formal “faith times”, which can, if done as a ‘work’ unnaturally divide the sacred and the secular. One of the ways that we so often distance ourselves from spiritual realities, making heaven somewhere ‘onwards and upwards’, rather than smack-bang in the centre of our humanity, is through prayer. Prayer quite often gets hijacked by religious groups who substitute hard-going, awkward formulas for intimate relationship with Daddy God. These groups focus on lack and difficulty, rather than on Daddy’s personalized love for us and the continual abundance of our inheritance with Christ.

Let’s dive hand-in-hand into an awareness of Daddy’s grace, and discover the truth about prayer.

  1. Prayer does not consist of getting something you don’t have. It is enjoying and engaging with your inheritance until it manifests in the natural.

Let’s start with a question: are your conversations with Daddy God anxiety-ridden and full of insecurity, or are they a delightful adventure of enjoying and engaging with the everlasting abundance of your spiritual inheritance? Philippians 4:6-8 addresses this beautifully.

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”.

These lovely verses make it clear that prayer does not have to be the language of worrying and whittling. Rather, authentic prayer is talking with our Daddy and thoroughly enjoying his abundant gift of grace. It fills us with a sense of ‘thanksgiving’ because we know that He’s already provided for us, and supplied our every need, even when we can’t see it with our physical eye just yet.  As we enjoy engaging with Daddy’s love for us, we get overcome with a sense of peace, because, as Joseph Prince puts it:

“It is only a matter of time before your revelation of what you already have through the work of Christ brings forth the prosperity He has already blessed you with…My friend, expect prosperity in your life because you are already rich in Christ (2 Corinthians 8:9). So stop looking to your natural resources. Look to the cross and say, “Yes, Christ has made me rich! It is only a matter of time until I see His prosperity in my life” – Joseph Prince’ Destined to Reign devotional, Jan. 17th

Prayer is focusing our minds on Jesus’ love and grace, and experiencing the revelation of His all-sufficiency for us (Philippians 4:8). As we cuddle with Daddy and kiss His face by enjoying the truths of our inheritance, it creates a channel in our minds for this supernatural inheritance that we have in Christ to flow into the natural realm. Remember, we are already completely one with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17), so prayer does not necessarily have to mean ‘talking to God’. Prayer is actually all about exchanging your thoughts for God’s, by reclining in His love for you and receiving ‘grace upon grace’ (Romans 5:17).

The Greek word for ‘requests’ in Philippians 4:6 is the word ‘aitēma’. It is the same word used within 1 John 5:15, which clearly tells us that we already have everything we request of God. Therefore, prayer always points us back to the all-sufficiency of Christ – that everything He is and has right now, we are and have (1 John 4:17). Thus, prayer can be seen as beautiful poetry flowing from the spirit of a child loved by Daddy, protected by Daddy, and doted on by Daddy. That child is you!

 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:1-4

Christ is actually our life, and as we set our minds on this truth, it will manifest in the natural realm, and we will look glorious. This is the excitement of prayer! Through prayer, we can rest in Daddy’s nature of goodness, gentleness and love, even when we are struggling to grasp this good news in practical ways. We can pray by over-exaggerating Daddy’s goodness, because He is always better than our hyper-optimism. Hence, we can always have peace. Peace as used in Philippians 4:7 is the Greek word ‘eirēnē’. It literally means ‘tranquillity, security, safety, and prosperity’.  We have all of these things because we are sitting comfortably on Daddy’s lap, enjoying our generous Daddy’s lavish gift-giving. Prayer is opening these presents of grace and love! It is us on tip-toes, staring into the heart of the toy store and knowing it is all ours freely, and we can simply go in and enjoy all of those gifts and blessings! 8

“For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.” – Galatians 5:5

Here in Galatians, the excitement of being Daddy’s child is expressed. We are approaching Daddy with hope (a confident, positive expectation of good) because in the spirit we have everything we need, and as we enjoy this truth (‘by faith’), the righteous fruits and prosperity of our inheritance manifest into our natural lives and circumstances. This is why Peter says that the end result of what we are believing is ‘the salvation of our souls’ – in other words, the full manifestation of all of our spiritual inheritance (1 Peter 1:9). Philemon also says that our participation in the faith becomes ‘effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ.’ (Philemon 1:6).

Prayer is an eager expectation, and an effective knowing, then! It is enjoying Daddy’s love and personalizing it so that we can engage with our spiritual reality and life.

 “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19

  1. Prayer is what is known throughout Scripture as ‘meditation’

No, I am not talking about the kind of meditation that other religions engage in. I am speaking about the Scriptural definition of Meditation, which is to ‘murmur, to mutter, to ponder, to be pensive, conceive, imagine, or utter out of the heart’. Now, we know that our faith always has an object – Jesus! We are in Christ, and everything He is and has, we are and have. Therefore, prayer is meditating on your inheritance in Jesus, and on Daddy God’s love, until you ‘know’ and ‘believe’ in that love so surely that your whole life is an adventure of hope – a prayer! (1 John 4:16).

Let’s engage with Daddy in prayer through relaxing and taking time to enjoy our inheritance and our righteousness in Jesus until we see it with our physical eye (1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 1:30). We want to be people who enjoy the life of God that we have in Jesus, because we have so much life! Prayer is emotionally wrapping yourself around your life in Christ and all of God’s promises (Colossians 3:3).

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:20

Jim Richards writes it this way:

“The Word is true for me because I am in Christ. He obtained it; He is my source. He is my qualification; outside of Him, pondering the promises is just positive thinking!…Faith in Jesus is faith in what was accomplished through His death, burial, resurrection, and subsequent inheritance that I now share with Him! I want to see, perceive, experience and grasp what I would look like, how my life would be, and what I would be feeling If I was experiencing that promise in my life at this moment…

Biblical meditation is when you think about, ponder, imagine, or consider any Biblical promise until you have all the emotions of it being true at this moment. Faith experiences the Word as if it is true right now.” – Jim Richards, Moving Your Invisible Boundaries, chapter 21.

Prayer, therefore, is imagination, intimacy, poetry, and enjoyment. I bet you’re discovering a desire to pray now!

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