Maintaining the victory stance – Part 2
Text: John 19:28-30
Key Verse: John 19:28, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” (KJV)
Spiritual warfare is maintaining a stance on Christ’s finished work. We need to pray with the understanding that Jesus had won the victory for us, and we are not begging for victory. You don’t pray for victory that is already won for us by Christ, but you pray from the victory stance to victory.
Prayer is the connection that opens the door to all that Christ Has accomplished for us on the cross. Prayer is the connecting link through which we receive all that has been made available to us by the finished work of Christ. Through prayer, we receive into our lives all that pertains to life and Godliness, which Jesus had made provision for already. 2 Peter 1:3, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”
Beloved, God Had already made provision for your physical and spiritual needs. He is not going to make or about to make provision for all your physical and spiritual needs. He Had taken care of it through the sacrifice of His own life. What is remaining is for you to leverage on the victory, which Jesus Had won for us to exercise dominion in every area of your life.
When Jesus took His last breath on the cross, knowing that all things had been accomplished, He said, it is finished (John 19:28). It is finished Beloved, don’t live like a slave. You were bought with a special price. Your case is different. When you pray and maintain a stance on the finished work of Christ, it opens the door for the manifestation of the things that had been made available for you in Christ.
When you pray things happen because the Bible says in James 5:16b (NIV), “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” The English Standard Version puts it clearer when it said, “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” When you pray with the understanding that the victory Has been won, it produces dynamic and tremendous power.
Prayer is communing with God and speaking from the heart. Prayer that is acceptable to God comes from the heart, and the motive of our heart behind our prayer is more important than the words we say. Talking with Him from our hearts, hearing Him talk back to us, and feeling His presence affects our physical bodies (Psalm 16:11). Our motives mean everything to Him and our prayers should be motivated by love.
How do we pray from victory?
Our prayer is not giving God menu to manufacture something. We do not have to pray to get God to move, or to get Him to do something He Has already done. Victory-based prayer is based on the finished work of Jesus Christ. It is basically saying back to God what Christ Had already accomplished under the new covenant through the cross.
We have been given authority to pray in the Name of Jesus. When we pray in the Name of Jesus, we give Heaven the necessary permit to do what we asked for. God Has given us the authority, and we are the people with the authority and Heaven cannot do anything except with our permit (Luke 10:19).
John 14:13-14 says, “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do.” All things are possible in the Name of Jesus (Matthew 21:22).
Today’s Nugget: You don’t beg for victory but pray from victory.
Prayer: I stand on the finished work of Christ and claim my victory.
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Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.
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