Understanding the Foundation of Prayer
To understand the principle of prayer, it is necessary to understand the mind and purpose of the Creator Himself. Prayer is a result of God’s established authority structure between heaven and earth, as well as a product of His faithfulness to His Word. Prayer is as simple as respecting God’s authority. This is because prayer was born out of God’s arrangements for man’s assignment on earth; it happened when the Creator spoke two words during the creation process; “let them”. These words are recorded in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible.
Read Gen. 1:26-27
These words are critical in understanding the principle of prayer, since they define the relationship the Creator intended and desired with man and the planet earth.
The Creator’s mandate for man to dominate the earth was established in the declaration, but the parameters of that dominion were established with the words, “Let them”. By these words, the Creator defined the boundaries of His right to legally influence and interfere in the earth realm. This is based on the principle of God’s integrity and His commitment to His Word.
These four principles are essential to an understanding of the nature and purpose of prayer.
• God’s purpose is more important than our plans
• God has placed His Word above even Himself
• God will never violate or break His word
• God’s holiness is the foundation of His integrity and faithfulness
The first principle establishes the truth that the Creator’s commitment to His original intent for creation is a priority for Him and motivates and regulates all His actions. In essence, everything He does is driven by His purposed desire, which never changes. In fact, His declaration is clear when He states, “ Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Prov. 19:21-22).
These statements reveal God’s eternal, uncompromising commitment to His purposes and plans. His purpose is His will and intent, which He Himself will fulfill. However, it is essential to know that His commitment to fulfill His purpose will never be at the expense of violating His spoken or written word. It is this commitment to His Word that is the basis of the prayer principle. The Word of God is not just the law for man, for it is also called “the Law of God”. This implies that every word of God speaks is also a law to Himself. He will subject Himself to His promises and decrees because of His integrity.
Look at these scriptures from the book of Psalms:
Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations. (Ps. 119:89-90)
I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (Ps. 138:2)
The fact the He places His Word above all things, including His name, is an important principle because one of the Hebrew concepts for name is “the being” itself. Therefore, in application, God places His Word above Himself, submitting Himself to the dictates of His own Word.
In effect, whenever God speaks, He Himself is willfully obligated to obey His own Word. Therefore, any law of God is a law to God. He is faithful to His Word at all costs.
God created seven primary laws:
• The legal authority to dominate earth was given to mankind only.
• God did not include Himself in the legal authority structure over the earth
• Man became the legal steward of the earth domain
• Man is a spirit with a physical body; therefore, only spirits with physical bodies can legally function in the earth realm.
• Any spirit without a body is illegal on earth.
• God Himself, who is a spirit without a physical body, made Himself subject to this law.
• Any influence or interference from the supernatural realm on earth is only legal through mankind.
The following are the results of these laws, which were established by God Himself:
• The legal authority on earth is in the hands of humankind
• The Creator, because of His integrity, will not violate the law of His Word.
• Nothing will happen in the earth realm without the active or passive permission of man, who is its legal authority.
• The Creator and the heavenly beings cannot interfere in the earth realm without the cooperation or permission of mankind
• God must obtain the agreement and cooperation of a person for whatever He desires to do in the earth.
These principles are critical for understanding the nature, power, and purpose of prayer. It is from these precepts that we get the definition of prayer.