By Dr. Linda Smith, Prayer Shield
With so much trouble in the world that needs prayer, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. God’s word tells us to pray without ceasing and I can see why. Even praying 24 hours a day, I could not cover all the needs I see.
Recently I came into an enlarged revelation of the interaction of first, second and third heaven and the authority and dominion of believers in each. You see, second heaven is not just a place of spiritual warfare where the principalities and powers of spiritual wickedness are active, but it is a place that has been restored to us as believers; restored through Jesus Christ. How dare the wicked forces utilize the heavens, the ‘air’ to victimize the world!
Therefore, this is how I get my prayer assignments: I go boldly before the throne of grace. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. This takes place in the third heaven. As I commune with God, I ask to assist the kingdom in prayer and ask for my assignment(s). “Father, what shall I pray about today that would assist and advance the kingdom purposes?”
Once I have downloaded the assignment(s), I pray into 2nd heaven, changing the atmosphere, and most importantly, taking dominion. Sometimes I am assigned against particular demonic forces to bind, spoil and dispatch them to Jesus. Then I claim that ‘territory’ for the kingdom of God.
I noticed differences in results by doing this process. Prior to this understanding, I would pray a good prayer about a situation, but over time, see little result. One day I was driving past a triple x adult business and asked God why it hadn’t closed yet since I had been praying that for several years. God said, “You’ve been praying from earth. Pray from a higher position.” Aha! I get it! I needed third heaven strategies applied in the second heaven!
So I went before the throne. “Father, I need mercy and grace to frustrate the forces over the adult sex trade industry.” As I communed with God, I was told how to pray. I took that strategy to second heaven and began to apply it as God had instructed. This time the strategy also included rescuing the people that worked in the trade. I know I will see more results.
I believe this is the stronger position. I believe just as Jesus only did what He saw the Father do, that Jesus prayed the way Father said pray.
Do you have a situation over which you have prayed with less than satisfactory results? Go before the throne to access new prayer strategies! God bless you.