What is prayer?
Prayer is fellowshipping with the Father – a vital, personal contact with God, Who is more than enough. We are to be in constant communion with Him:
For the ways of the Lord are upon the righteous – those who are upright and in right standing with God – and His ears are attentive to their prayer…
1 Peter 3:12
Prayer is not to be a religious practice with no power. It is to be effective and accurate and bring results. God watches over His Word to perform it (Jer. 1:12). Prayer that brings results must be based on God’s Word.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God’s Word is our contact with Him. We put Him in remembrance of His Word (Isaiah 43:26), asking Him for what we need in the name of our Lord Jesus. When we pray according to His Word thus His will, it does not return to Him void but it shall accomplish that which He pleases and purposes and it shall prosper in the thing for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
What is Confession/Decreeing?
Confession or decreeing is simply, speaking the Word of God, out loud. We confess God’s word to counteract, silence and oppose what our adversary is speaking to us. Confession is a necessary spiritual discipline and essential to operating in power and victory. When we confess God’s Word out loud, the angels hear it and go to work for us (Psalm 103:20). When we yield our voice and confess what the Bible says about us instead of what the devil and circumstances say, we allow the word of God to have the final authority. The more we confess God’s Word over our lives, the more we believe it and increase in faith, the more we increase in faith, the more victory we will experience in our lives and walk with the Father. Soon the Word of God that you are decreeing will become engrafted in you. The reality of the Word will begin to get down into your spirit until what you’re confessing becomes more real to you than the problem. What you say with your mouth and believe with your heart will eventually transition from a faith fact into reality.
I strongly encourage you to confess/decree the Word of God out loud daily. Be intentional about your confession and use it as a targeted weapon in your battle against the enemy. The devil walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8) and he will surely give you every reason why you shouldn’t use your gifts for God’s glory. Each time a thought comes to your mind that does not agree with God’s Word, confess the truth of God’s Word out loud, and you will find that wrong thought disappearing. That’s how you resist the devil, and when you do, he must flee (James 4:7)!
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.