Divine Advancement: Taking Your Prayers To the Next Level

Dear saints,

God is moving so powerfully right now, and He needs you to pray in order to do in your life what He wants to do.

I mean it. In this time, it’s THE time to pray and pray like you’ve never prayed before.

Why? Because divine advancement has never been closer. But, warfare over God’s blessings on your life has never been more real–and more aggressive.

Related: 3 Encouraging Keys from the Trenches of Spiritual Warfare

I’m seeing this in my own life, as well as in the lives of my friends. I’m sure you’re seeing it too. For example:

  • The Lord just gave me a baby–a miracle baby. But from the instant he was born through now, we’ve had unreal warfare over getting him so he’s able to eat. Since food is necessary in order to keep him alive, that means the warfare has been over sustaining his life. Sustaining the life of an innocent 6-week-old baby. The enemy doesn’t play fair.
  • I’ve been working on getting back in the routine of things, but have been struggling with a lot of pain because my c-section incision has not healed properly. I never got time to heal because we had to deal with our son’s issues. The enemy doesn’t play fair.
  • I have a friend who is at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC (the US capital city) this week. She’s there to do the Lord’s work, but the enemy has harassed her and her team with seemingly-little things, like disappearing plane tickets and more. The enemy doesn’t play fair.

We’re in a war, folks.

It’s a big war. It’s a bad war. But Jesus has already won all of our warfare.

And in order to see His victory manifest on the earth in each of our situations–from the little situations to the big situations–we have to pray.

And we have to pray like never before.

Here are the prayer tips that are helping me right now:

Related: How To Enter Into Deep Prayer

1. Pray specific prayers.

If you want vague answers, pray vague prayers. If you want specific answers, pray specific prayers. And I don’t know about you, but I need specific answers to specific problems.

So if you need a specific bill paid by a specific date, hold it up to the Lord and pray for exactly what you need.

If you need help accomplishing a task, ask the Lord for the exact help you need.

If you need an event confirmed by this afternoon, tell the Lord what you need and ask Him to do it. I just did.

Here’s what happened today: I want to host an inner-healing and vision retreat for YOU, our precious readers, this fall.

(We want to do this instead of a conference this year.) I have been chasing the reservations lady at the retreat center I want us to use, but had not been able to reach her by phone or email. I wanted THIS specific retreat center because it’s beautiful, and it’s in the woods, and it has outdoor activities so we can have fun AND be spiritual at the same time.

And I wanted to reserve dates while I open registration to you.

Well, I prayed this morning and asked the Lord to reserve the dates I want TODAY. And then I spoke with the lady a couple of times, and the Lord helped. At first, it didn’t seem like she would do it; but then, she called me back and said she could.

So I have to go finalize things with the facility tomorrow before I finalize the reservation; and if everything works out tomorrow, then we have to open registration for YOU and have enough registrants to pay costs. But while that happens, I have the dates I want. She penciled me in today.

And you know what dates we got?

Lord willing, our inner-healing and vision retreat will be September 9-12: Rosh Hashanah, the start of Jewish year 5779. The year of freedom through the Holy Spirit.

I’ll let you know in the next few days if it works out. And if it does, I can’t wait.

The point is, I prayed a specific prayer because I could feel the warfare against it. Communications weren’t going through; information wasn’t available; return calls weren’t happening. So I had to get aggressive about it. And I prayed specifically that I would get my dates today; and then God broke through the warfare and things turned around that fast.

2. Next, write down what you want.

God said He’d provide all your needs. He said to ask for what you want. How often do we actually do that?

I am praying more aggressively these days because I am praying off a list. I never used to do that. I used to pray just whatever came to mind. But using a list keeps me focused, and seeing the thing written down builds my faith to run with God. Remember Habakkuk 2:

Then the Lord answered me and said:

‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry'” (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

When you write down a list of what you want, and then pray over that list, it will take your prayer to a whole new level.

3. Write down at least one Scriptural promise to claim for everything you want. Every single thing should have its own Scripture.

If you’re going into battle, you need to be equipped to fight. The weapons of your warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. And the weapons of your warfare in this case are prayer and THE WORD OF GOD.

The Word of God is what creates. The Word of God is what heals. The Word of God is what brings forth anything that is God’s will. As Bill Johnson says, “Nothing happens in the Kingdom unless first there is a declaration.” And that declaration has to be in agreement with God’s Word, the Bible.

So what do you need? For example:

  • Need a new job? Find a Scripture about provision.
  • Need a house? Same thing.
  • Need a husband or wife? Find a Scripture about how God has ordained a spouse for each person. (Yes, there are more than one of those in the Bible!)
  • Need inner healing from a traumatic event? Plenty of Scriptures about that.

Whatever you need, find Word to back up your prayer!

When you present God’s Word back to Him in prayer, you’re basically calling Him out on the carpet and forcing His hand. And He will respond every time. He actually WANTS you to pray that way. So, get to it!

Related: How To Get Your Prayers Answered 100% of the Time

4. Pray your list and Scriptures often, and pray aggressively.

Sometimes people ask me if it’s okay to pray for the same thing over and over. They wonder if they should just pray once and then thank God. My answer to that: Read Luke 18! Jesus taught that unrelenting, aggressive prayer is what God calls “faith.” THAT’S the kind of prayer that pleases Him.

Yes, sometimes you sense breakthrough when you pray, and you can just feel that your petition has been granted. Once you get to that point, yes, start thanking God. You’ll feel the difference in the spirit realm and you’ll just know that you don’t need to ask anymore. You’ll feel a joy, a peace, and a holy knowing that is a gift from Holy Spirit.

But until you get to that place? Pray, brother. Pray, sister. Pray, pray, pray, and pray some more:

  • Pray for your finances DAILY. Multiple times a day.
  • Pray for your spouse or future spouse daily. Multiple times a day.
  • Pray for your dream daily. Over and over and over.

If you want the keys to divine advancement, know that there’s no such thing as too much prayer.

People in ages past used to wear out their knees with praying. They stained their carpet with their tears and snot from praying. But how does your carpet look? How does mine look? We need to ask ourselves these questions.

There is simply no such thing as too much prayer. Yes, at some point, we have to get off our knees and ACT. But even then, we must keep praying. That’s why the Word of God says to pray without ceasing.

Beloved, if you want to advance in any area of life, right now you must PRAY.

Please, beloved. Assault the throne of God with your prayers. Come boldly to the throne of grace, where you may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Never cease with your prayers. The warfare is stronger than ever … but Jesus has already defeated the enemy.

And to see that victory manifest on the earth, pray.

Is Holy Spirit also speaking to you about the need to take your prayer life to the next level? If so, please leave a comment below! I love hearing what God is saying to you!

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28 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Tuinidau says:

    Praise the Lord ! Sis Jamie forvthe confirmation about prayer,I am going to start n do it now.I was planning to do it last few weeks,as God speaks n reveals it to you.i have to obey as it is my confirmation…God bless you Sis Jamie esp your son

  2. My best friend and I just got off the phone about creating a prayer list so that we could pray for each other and stand in agreement for some things that seem impossible in the natural but possible in spiritual realm. Thank you for posting right on time & confirmation as well. God bless you and continue to pour His favor upon you.

  3. Saint John says:

    Right on point. Eagle precision. Nothing like freedom from opposition of hell.

  4. Saint John says:

    Eagle precision. Nothing like freedom from opposition of hell.

  5. Hi thank you so much it has arrived at the right time. May you find favour where ever you go and stay blessed.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this post Jamie. Thank you for allowing our Heavenly Father to use you to speak His words of life and hope into our situations. And assuring us that we’re not alone in this war! The past 2 weeks have been unbearable with warfare. And now that it’s died down a bit I find myself so utterly exhausted and without energy that I’ve felt almost like the fight is hopeless. I’ve been fighting the thought of just giving up in this one constant battle of life. It’s never ending. But your post today encouraged me. I felt as though you were speaking directly to me as I read it. So I’m going to take up my sword and lift up His word to heaven. Thank you again for your obedience and faithfulness. Blessings to you sister.

  7. What a timing word Jamie ?????????????Yes God is good and He will do as He promised ??????Fill me with Your Holy Spirit Lord and show me the exact prayers to write down and pray for my breakthroughs ??????This is the year my God all for Your glory ???????? I claim Ephesians 6:10-18 and I put the whole armour of God upon me my children my family and loved ones Jamie and this ministry that she’s involved in for your glory my God. Cover her and her family in the blood of Jesus cover me and my family and everybody involved in this program in the blood of Jesus. No weapons formed against us shall prosper. ??????????

  8. Hi Jamie. I had 3 c sections. My aunt old school and let me ate every day 1 teaspoon of condence milk and less than half a teaspoon of turlington (Lennox brand and it is a Hollands type of medicine). Normally at phamacists or supermarkets available
    Mix together and ate. Does not taste good but it heals from the inside. After week or 2 you will not feel any pain anymore. Do not mix in advance prepare each day the dose.

  9. Nancy Jay says:

    Hi Jamie, thank you for sharing about your baby. I will add you and your family to my list. We experiences something similar with the feeding of my second baby. He is now 14 months and doing great. The attacks have been stronger since we started making GOD a priority in our lives but we are not afraid because as you noted, Jeus already won the battles for us.

  10. Thank you Jamie this is totally amazing I have done this before, but it’s been many years….why did I not continue? At the time we were living in a bad area and because the schools were bad, and mounting crime all over, my husband and I made a vow that our son would never go to school there. So I wrote a list of prayer requests and on the list I mentioned a home near a lake out in the country, a white ranch style home with black shutters. I even drew a picture of this home with an old fashioned faucet in the kitchen….to make a long story short we met with a realtor and we went out looking, and looking and by now our son 4 years old was starting to get irritable. But I was sure we were going to find this house…so I said please take us to one more. As we pulled up to the home ….a ranch style, and all the windows had black shutters just as I had sketched on the piece of paper that I kept in my bible
    ..I could hear my Heavenly Father say …this belongs to you…I began praising God….it was everything I wanted, and more but just like God… fills to overflowing….when we walked inside the home and the precious elderly lady saw our son, it was obvious that she adored him…she gave us the home at a price less than we offered…..Yes, Matthew 19:26, with God all things are possible!

  11. Rebecca Jones says:

    I know the enemy doesn’t play fair at all, but he is a defeated foe. I have a prayer warrior friend who is in the hospital 40 days now, that’s not fair, I have prayed for people and know they believe in healing but they still are not, still under attack, not fair, finances,mental anguish, not fair. We have to pray and stand firm on our holy ground. My prayer is deliver us from evil.

  12. Yes you are so right the crazy things are happening and Thank you for reminding me to pray more aggressively. We take the Kingdom of God with violence. We must warfare for our breakthrough!
    God Bless & I am lifting you and your family up in prayer!!
    Brenda

  13. God Bless you, your family and ministry in Jesus name! Stay strong, stay in encouraged!!

    Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV)
    9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

  14. What an inspiration you are to many Jamie. Facilitating a prayer healing program at our church isn’t always easy, but your reminders help me to push through no matter how hard things can get. Bless you for your obedience to the calling sharing your gifts and talents right around the globe. Continue to BE that bright shining light that draws the world to Jesus!! ??❤️?

  15. Once again on the nail, out of the mouths of babes, God bless you more and more like a torrent of blessings that nourish and fulfill and soak you. A huge thank you.
    Can I say after your post about “open wide” I prayed yes lord and then the next day I get an email to say I was due to see my dentist, no joke.
    Love your work. Abundant blessings to you, your ministry and your family.

  16. Pauline Borgan says:

    The Word of God is His will for us! Thank you for encouraging us to make our list and bring it before Almighty God. He is a Good Father. Blessings

  17. Jamie, thank you for this inspiration, I need it badly! I’m facing a formidable illness. I’m reading and praying every healing scripture I can find. I have faith in God’s word and I know it’s His promises, but I’m ramping up my prayer life, I’m doing everything you said to do. You and the commentors have given me renewed hope! God Bless you all!

  18. My friend and I decided yesterday to pray together for some requests that we each have. I was happy to read your word this morning because it’s confirmation!!! Thank you so much and I thank the Lord!!!

  19. Laurie Jones says:

    I just read this and I have had a tugging in my heart from Holy Spirit to pray for the things I need like never before. Your message spoke NOW DO IT! I can’t wait to began and report back with a greater testimony than I can imagine. Thanks Jamie, for the PUSH in Divine Advancement!?☺

  20. Karen James says:

    Thank you for this powerful word. Yes, I see I need to be strategic in my prayers.

  21. Gwynne Nation says:

    Thank you Jamie for this word. It is confirmation to me as well. The Lord desires us to stand up and declare His kingdom come and His will be done over a situation. To declare and proclaim this is the favorable year of the Lord when He will accomplish things beyond our wildest dreams if we step into our authority as His children and believe He will do the impossible. I bless your baby with divine health and a complete healing. I bless his body with complete restoration and I bless him with the ability to nurse, digest and recieve the nourishment from the hand of the Father. Absolutely no weapon formed against him will prosper! May your steps be ordered of the Lord Jamie. I pray for divine appts for you each day and open doors of blessing!

  22. Thank you for this life changing word for direction to go with my prayer life. I need healing & financial needs met so I’ll be writing & reading them as I pray

  23. Geraldine Mcclendon says:

    Jamie,
    You are so appreciated! Could you give some input on binding and loosing please? I’m not sure of how those terms should be used. Do you bind to or bind away, do you loose to or loose away? I’d appreciate your response. Thanks!

  24. Hey Jamie this is the exact confirmation that the Holy Spirit has laid on my heart I.e specific prayer agenda with decreeing n declaring valid scripture over those agenda,aggresive n continous prayer over those agenda additional he has asked me to get more people I trust to pray over those same agenda. So it is like many people praying n decreeing at same time over a singular agenda. Wow such a confirmation from the Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord n God bless u the baby n your family

  25. Wow Wow and Wow right on time words. I really need to take my praying to another level in order to see the hands of God moving. I am definitely going to do this find a specific scripture to pray for my needs and wants. And I will pray without ceasing. Thnk you Lord and thank you Jamie. God bless.

  26. Thank God for you Jamie you are a bless to me.Timely word as ever. it has been on my heart but somehow I never found courage to go for it,hence I cried alot when I got your confirmation. I feel that holy anger for that baby…God will come through for him.

  27. Dorcas Asuquo says:

    Thank you for this life changing word for direction to go with my prayer life. I need restoration in my relationship, academic excellence for my daughter and I, a face lift for for my business, an advancement in life and I need healing & financial needs met so I’ll be writing & reading them as I pray

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