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Wednesday November 6, 2013 – Soulish Prayers

“Who among you is wise and understanding?  Let him show by his good behaviour his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” Js 3:13-16 I am currently reading a book by Derek Prince and I have been struck by his teaching on soulish prayer. There are many, many books written on prayer and how to pray, but I have not read about soulish prayer and the dangers of soulish prayers. Soulish prayers are prayers which come from within ourselves, not prompted by the Holy Spirit. These prayers often have the mark of accusing someone to God or attempting to control someone through prayer. It is Satan who accuses and the attempt to control others is the sin of witchcraft. God rejects these prayers and sees them as an abomination before Him and as we pray them, we open the other person to demonic influence. I have been so struck by the teaching that I decided to quote from the book so as to stimulate your thinking too. “If you feel the need to pray, but do not know how to begin, simply ask God for help. ... After that, accept God’s response by faith, and pray whatever comes from your heart. Jesus assures us that if we ask God for bread, He will never give us a stone. ... Giving thanks at the beginning of a prayer has an important psychological effect. It creates a positive attitude in the one who is praying. From such a beginning it is much easier to go on praying with a positive faith, even though we are not unaware of the serious faults or problems in those for whom we are praying. For my part, I make it a principle never to pray for fellow believers without first thanking God for them. If I cannot do that, then I feel that it is better to not pray at all! (Most of Paul’s prayers started with giving thanks to God for the people for whom he was praying - this included the Corinthians - a group of people who were getting a lot of things wrong, and dishonouring God in a big way.) ... Christ certainly sees our faults as believers more clearly that we see each others. Yet His intercession on our behalf does not result in our condemnation, but our justification. He does not establish our guilt, but our righteousness. Our intercession for our fellow believers should follow the same pattern. Shall we dare to bring a charge against those whom God has chosen? Or condemn those whom God has justified? Surely that would be presumption in the highest degree! We must renounce nay attempt to either accuse other people or to control them by the words we speak in prayer.” Derek Prince, “Blessing or Curse : You Can Choose”
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