“A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” - Proverbs 18:20-21 KJV
As previously advised, you will need to refresh your understanding with capsules 38,39 and 40. Better still start from capsule 36 which is the beginning of our discussion on prayer, it will give you a good grounding. I personally believe that prayer is one of the most misunderstood and misused privileges we have as Christians. We have discussed the primary purpose of prayer and currently on what I have termed 'prayer to change things'. Our key scriptures are Mark 4:39-41, Luke 4:36, John 6:63, Matthew 16:19, Mark 11:21-25. I don't want you to just read the capsules only, it is important that you 'prove' them. Recently, somebody contacted me and wanted us to agree in prayer concerning a specific health issue. He was a bit disappointed when I referred him to the relevant capsules before we pray (I often do this just to fan the flame of faith) he reluctantly agreed. I called him after a couple of days to find out how he was doing, I was blessed when he told me that the problem had disappeared. Apparently, he took up the challenge and applied the things he found out after studying the capsules and he really did not need me to agree or pray with him again. I was so impressed it brought tears of joy to my eyes! This would work for 'whosoever' (Mark 11:23), they are not just nice words cobbled together to tickle your fancy.
In capsule 40 I stressed the need to address whatever it is directly in an audible, articulate speech (1 Corinthians 14:9), believing that your words will convey the power and authority necessary to get the job done or to rephrase, the delegated authority and power in you, is voice activated and transmitted as long as you believe. In this capsule we would explore this further.
Proverbs 18:20-21 is very instructive, in modern day parlance, it says 'what you say is what you get, you can kill with your tongue and you can heal with your tongue'. Note that it says your tongue does only two things kill or heal ( that is give life). The skill is in knowing when and what to kill, and similarly when and what to give life. There are times that all you need to do is pronounce judgement on a thing or situation like Christ did with the fig tree. On other occasions what you want is life, a typical example is what God asked Ezekiel to do in the valley of the dry bones (Ezekiel 37). Still on other occasions you might need to do both, that is why you need reliance on the Holy Spirit for wisdom and prompting (John 14:26, 16:13). I personally have found it more effective especially when ministering to the sick , to curse the disease, germ , cancer or whatever it is first, then command recovery. A good example is diabetes, I will take authority over the disease call it by name and ask it to leave the body, then following this I will speak to the pancreas to be healed and produce insulin like it ought to. This is very important because you don't want to encourage any redundancy or leave a vacuum (Please see Matthew 12:43-45). We would discuss this more when we come to praying in other tongues.
The second point I want to stress in this capsule is that , there is nothing wrong in cursing something or the situation more than once. For a long time I thought this was exhibiting a lack of faith. No it isn't, if you know what you are doing, as long as you don't doubt in your heart . Remember you already believe God has done His part, what you are doing is enforcing the victory. In Mark 8:22-25, Christ ministered sight twice to a blind man. It is important you understand this, there is a huge difference between asking God to do something over and over, compared to taking your stand and commanding what you already believe is done to manifest and refusing to give up. The first is unbelief, the second is taking spiritual initiative. They sound and appear similar but are completely different. This is what is called holding fast to your confession of faith without wavering. At times when I agree with people in prayer and the manifestation is not readily available, I teach them how to speak continuously to the situation. Some trees will fall with a single stroke of your axe , others might require several strokes. One thing is sure no matter how thick the tree is, it will fall if your axe is sharp and the strokes are unrelenting (I hope you understand the analogy). Don't let it bother you if it appears you have not done everything perfectly, l have personally never done anything perfectly in my life and the truth is, I am yet to meet anybody who has.
Lastly, you don't have to wait for sickness to come before you speak life to your body, you don't even have to accept what they call age related sickness or disease, you have the very life of God in your spirit (Romans 8:11). I do it all the time, I command all my organs to work in perfection. As I mature I command specific organs to be filled with the life of Christ that is in me. I command my sight to remain sharp (Deuteronomy 34:7). my heart to remain strong and vibrant, without being crude, the possibilities are endless. I tell my body that 'as thy days, so is the strength available ' (Deuteronomy 33:25). Again I want to stress that you can apply this dynamics to anything that stands against your living in victory, remember God has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:2-4).
WITH YOUR WORDS HEAL THE SICK, CAST OUT DEVILS, RAISE THE DEAD AND CLEANSE THE LEPER
We would look at the final basic ingredients in prayer to change things in the next capsule, we would subsequently consider others like why and when to lay hand, speaking in tongues, the place of confession etc. It will be fun!