Old and New Wineskin Praying
by Steve Backlund
Jesus and the apostles regularly spoke to “things” (the weather, people’s bodies, etc.). They declared more than they asked in prayer. As we understand this more and more, it is part of a “new wineskin” of praying.
Old versus New Wine Skin Praying
Pray hard Pray believing
Many words Few words
Belief during prayer Belief after prayer
Talk about problem Talk to the problem
Stop devil and curses Release God and blessing
Focus mainly on problem Focus on testimonies and promises
Mostly asking Mostly thanking
God is reluctant or hindered God is good and has won the victory
Uncomfortable with silence Values soaking prayer
Worship prepares for prayer Worship is prayer
Fast from things Fast to things (explanation)
Fasting is an event Fasting is a lifestyle
Laughing is rare Laughing is frequent
Focus on duties of prayer Seek the depths of God
Expect spiritual attacks Expect blessings/protection
This list starts with the old attribute of begging and the new wineskin of declaring. There is a time to cry out for mercy and help (Hebrews 4:16), but too often those who beg in prayer are like the disciples in the boat in Mark 4 (mistakenly believing they must rouse a sleeping God).
New mindsets must precede higher levels of prayer. “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). When we add this to Matthew 6:10, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” we are given a glorious direction that will help our prayer indeed go to these higher levels.
We have been given the keys of the Kingdom. Keys represent authority, privilege and the ability to access different realms. Jesus has given us powerful keys, and there is an expectation that we will use them to “bind” and “loose.” We bind those things that exist on earth that are not in heaven (discord, sickness, poverty, rebellion, etc.), and we loose what is in heaven but not present on earth (peace, salvation, health, protection, forgiveness, etc.). We will only do this if we believe we have been commissioned to do so. And all of this requires us to speak forth declarations (binding and loosing) that tell circumstances and situations how they are to be.
It may be difficult for us to understand how this is to work, but the Lord will teach us. The journey into higher aspects of prayer will cause a growing sense of dominion in us because we will know that we can make a difference. It also releases joy because of a knowing that things are changing through declarations of binding and loosing (especially loosing because releasing the positive is more powerful than simply trying to stop the negative – darkness must flee when the light is turned on). This new wineskin of prayer includes a whole lot of speaking to yourself and to things. It makes me think that we may be crazy if we don’t talk to ourselves and to the things in our lives.
You’re CRazy If You DOn’t talk to Yourself
Life is is in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:2).
Jesus did not just THINK His way out of the wilderness and neither can we. HE SPOKE TRUTH to invisible beings and to the mind-sets that sought to restrict and defeat Him. This book will help you do the same.
You’re Crazy If You Don’t Talk to Yourself is a book that will reveal:
- The incredible power of words
- How to overcome word curses
- The necessity of talking to our soul
- How words set the course of our life
- How the “hearing of faith” is the key to the miraculous
- The priority of speaking TO things, not just ABOUT things
- We all can and must prophesy to others
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
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.