Speaking to Things: Old and New Wineskin Praying

Speaking to Things: Old and New Wineskin Praying

Speaking to Things: 
Old and New Wineskin Praying

An Excerpt from the book You’re Crazy If You Don’t Talk to Yourself
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 and New Wine Skin Praying

                                                                              Old       New

                                                                              Beg      Declare

                                                                    Pray hard      Pray believing

                                                               Many words      Few words

                                                  Belief during prayer      Belief after prayer

                                                                       Reactive      Proactive

                                                   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 to convince God       Fast to transform beliefs

                                                     Fasting is an event       Fasting is a lifestyle

                                                                    Burdened       Joyful

                                                          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.

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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.

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