One of my favorite biblical characters is David. He was not only a great King, but David was a man who understood the authority that he held in God. This is evident in the account of David and Goliath. Prior to slaying Goliath, David did what I admire most of him: He spoke from a place of victory. First Samuel, chapter 17 verses 45-47 reads:
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
David knew that He served a God who would make him victorious over the Philistine. But, more important than knowing this, he spoke it. First, David established his authority, not in himself, but in the Lord. Verse 45- “but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.” He understood that by no strength of his own could he defeat Goliath. After establishing his authority, David tells Goliath what he was going to do. Nothing happens until something is spoken. David knew that his words had power. Therefore, what he spoke by God’s authority would come to pass. Lastly, he established that it all would be for the glory of God. Likewise, everything that we do should be to the glory of God and for his honor so that others might be saved.
How does this relate to prayer? These verses establish a framework in which we should approach prayer. Like David, we ought to pray from victory. When we pray, we do so under the authority of Jesus Christ, believing that what we speak shall come to pass. Therefore, even in our prayers, we speak victory, life, prosperity, and all that aligns with the Word of God. Lastly, whatever we pray for, we know that it should bring glory to God.
How are you approaching prayer? Do you pray from victory or have you been praying for victory?
Here's your assignment:
The next time a Goliath arises in your life, channel your inner David and speak to it from victory. Tell your situation who's authority you come in, that you will be victorious, and that God will get the glory in the end.