I've had people ask me lately to teach on spiritual protocol. Although the entirety of spiritual protocol is way too much for one blog post, I do want to delve into a subject today that is very, very important to anyone who wants to see God move in answer to prayer. That subject is witchcraft prayer.
Specifically: how do you avoid witchcraft prayer? And most importantly, how do you pray correctly such that your prayers actually get answered?
Related: On Christian Witchcraft
First, what is witchcraft prayer?
Witchcraft prayer is any prayer that is prayed out of a desire to manipulate another person. Prayers prayed in an attempt to manipulate may sound innocent and even spiritual. But manipulation is never from God.
Some examples of manipulative prayers would be:
- “Dear God, I pray that Mr. Smith would give me that job.”
- “Father, I pray that the Jones family would give $1,000,000 to this cause. You know they have it to give.”
- “Lord, please make my husband start treating me right.”
Prayers like this are commonly referred to as witchcraft prayers becauseit's like you're trying to speak incantations over a person to conjure up the result you want.
Praying like this is dangerous.
It opens doors to the enemy to operate in your life, and God can't honor a spirit of manipulation. (God honors freedom, not manipulation.) Therefore, we must avoid witchcraft prayers at all costs.
But here's the thing: we all want results in our prayers. The entire purpose of praying is getting answers from God. So how do you pray properly so you can get the answers you desire, and that God so desperately wants to give?
The secret to effective, answered prayer is to pray in sympathy with the heart of Jesus.
I learned this from one of my heroes, Charles Finney, the mighty revivalist of the Second Great Awakening. Finney teaches how to pray effectively in his book “Power, Passion & Prayer” (affiliate link; see details below).
Charles Finney was a mighty man of prayer. His entire ministry was fueled by prayer. Finney's secret to answered prayer was that he prayed in sympathy with the heart of Christ.
Instead of praying just because he wanted something himself, Finney prayed for the things Jesus wanted. He looked at the heart of Jesus for a person or a situation, and he prayed for God's will in that person/situation.
- If there was disunity in the Church, Finney prayed for unity because Christ bought and paid for unity in His Body when all His bones were ripped out of joint (Psalm 22:14).
- If a person needed salvation, Finney prayed for his salvation so that the inheritance of Christ would be fully realized (Isaiah 53:11).
- If someone needed healing, Finney prayed for their healing because Jesus bought and paid for their healing (Isaiah 53:5).
- If provision was needed, Finney prayed it in because God says His children shall not lack (Psalm 23:1).
So how would you translate this into praying for the situations you encounter every day?
1. Find out what God's will is.
God's will is not a mystery. It's clearly laid out in the Bible. So find His promise, or the description of what Jesus paid for on the cross, or His admonition, and pray for that thing.
2. Pray because you want the Father's heart to be satisfied by seeing His will accomplished on earth.
In other words:
- Pray because you want Jesus to receive His full inheritance.
- Pray because you want the Holy Spirit to not be grieved.
- Pray because you want the Father's plan for your life to be fully manifest.
- Pray because you want God's Kingdom and government to increase in your life and in the lives of others.
Pray the will of God, and pray the Word of God.
Here are some examples of praying the will and Word of God:
- For a husband who doesn't treat you well: “Father, I pray that You would fill my husband with Your Spirit. Help him love righteousness and hate sin. Let him love like You love. I pray that you would give him all wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. Let him see You, love You, and honor You in everything.”
- If you need a job: “Father, I pray that You would direct my steps and bring me into the job You have for me. If this is the one, then Father, grant me favor. Be the answer of my tongue in this interview. Show me what to say and when to say it, and let me be a blessing to my employer. But if this job isn't the one You desire for me, then I pray You'd protect me from it. No matter what, I know that it's Your desire to bless me. Please perfect those things that concern me, and guard my steps so that Your plan will come into fruition.”
- For friends who are arguing: “Father, I pray that You would fill them with the fruit of the Spirit. Let them each exhibit Christ to one another. Let them love and prefer one another. Pour out a spirit of humility on each of them, and bring peace into this situation.”
Praying in sympathy with the Father's heart –which is also the heart of Jesus and the Holy Spirit–is the opposite of witchcraft prayer.
Praying God's will and God's Word is holy praying. It will draw you closer to Christ. It will get results and effect change. It will give Papa the opportunity He needs to work His will on the earth.
Have you ever noticed the difference between praying God's will and praying witchcraft prayers? If so, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts!