My Declarations Feel Mechanical and Ritualistic

My Declarations Feel Mechanical and Ritualistic

Declarations are faith statements about God’s promises, our identity, and our ability. Declaring truth is a major step in moving our prayer life from begging and unbelief into confidence and faith. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15). Declaring we have something before it is in our experience is a demonstration we believe our prayers are answered.

For instance, Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” One way to demonstrate belief in this promise and to activate His power is to declare it is already happening:

  • Thank you, Father; you are supplying all my needs. 
  • Thank you that my emotional needs are met. 
  • God is supplying my financial needs in incredible ways. 
  • Thank you, Lord; you are meeting my relational needs. 
  • My God is supplying my need for wisdom in how to respond to what is happening in my nation. 

“Faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10;17). As we hear ourselves make God’s promises specific to our situations, then faith arises in our hearts. If we are going to experience something higher, we need to believe something higher. And if we are going to believe something higher, we need to hear something higher than what we are experiencing. 

Declarations are powerful, but sometimes they can become mechanical and ritualistic. In these times, we don’t feel the power of them but do them out of obligation and duty. Obviously, this can be true for any other Christian habit like prayer, church attendance, etc., so we should not be surprised if we battle this from time to time. Here are three things to do if you are experiencing this:

    1. Get More Inspiration and Passion – Often mechanical declarations result from a non-enthusiastic lifestyle. It is not an isolated problem, but a symptom of a bigger problem. 
    2. Use Your Imagination – I asked my wife Wendy what advice she would have for someone whose declarations are becoming mechanical, and she said, “Tell them to see what they are declaring in their imaginations.” Remember, God did not invent the imagination to be the devil’s playhouse but the womb of faith. 
    3. Activate 2 Corinthians 9:7 – “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” This is a verse we can apply to declarations, not just money. If our declarations have become mechanical, we are most likely saying them from duty (reluctantly or under compulsion) rather than in faith. God has called us to do everything in faith, not from duty. The fruit of faith-filled decisions and disciplines is cheerfulness. When we lack the fruit of cheerfulness, we need to decide at a higher level what we are going to do and attach our faith to that decision. 

For more on this (and a deeper explanation of #3 above), please listen to my podcast here. And here are some declarations lists to help you on your declarations journey. 

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Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.