Confession of Faith
To be confident in praying Scripture, you need some understanding of how it works.
To understand the dynamic of praying Scripture, you must have an understanding of the term “confession” and the title “High Priest”. Both are embedded in understanding our covenant relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Oh!”, you are thinking, “this is going to heavy.” Hang in here! If this concept is new to you, then you are about to have your prayer-confidence level raised several notches. I believe “profound” is a more appropriate word here…not “heavy”. So let’s go for it!
Confession in Scripture
In the Epistles Jesus is identified as the High Priest of our confession.
Seeing that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus.
“Confession” for most of us brings images of someone in a confessional telling their sins to a priest. That is part of the picture. The person “confessing” is “acknowledging” that they have done wrong.
But guess what? There are many positive things that need to be “acknowledged”, including that:
• Jesus is Lord and Savior
• He has made a way for you to have intimate relationship with God, His Father
• you are accepted by God in His Beloved, Jesus
• you are a joint heir with the Lord Jesus Christ
• through covenant relationship with God, all of Heaven is on your side
• and so much more, but you get the point!
Confession in The Strong’s
Take a look at the word “confession”. It is found in the New Testament, which means it comes to you from the Greek. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance breaks it down like this: (If you need more info on the Strong’s, follow this link.)
From a base of 3674 and 3056
• To assent as in covenant, to acknowledge
• Con (pro) fess,
• Confession is made
• Give thanks
• the same, akin to
• at the same place or time, together
#3056 logos from 3004
• something said (including the thought)
• communication concerning doctrine
• to show to reckon
• to lay forth
• to relate (in words, usually of a systematic or set discourse)
So, when you pray Scripture, you are acknowledging, professing (homologeo), with words or thoughts, something you believe (logos). And, you are proclaiming the same thing that God is proclaiming (homou).
Now whatever term you use:
• Scripture prayers
• Prayer proclamations
• Prayer affirmations
the principle is the same…you are in agreement with God, speaking what God is speaking, cooperating in releasing the power of what He is saying.
You release that prayer toward Heaven and Jesus picks it up as the High Priest of your confession. The Old Covenant role of the high priest was to take the needs of the people before the Lord. You have a great High Priest to do that for you. So, Jesus takes your prayer, proclamation, affirmation that you released. He takes it to His Father to say, “Look Dad, s(he) is saying the same thing we are saying.” Do you ever have the power of agreement come into play!
That is why Paul tells us:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Isn’t that a thrilling thought! But there’s more.
God is Faithful to His Word!
God tells us that He sent His words for a purpose and those purposes will be accomplished. The seed will not fall useless in the field. It will return to Him full of fruit. (paraphrase from Isaiah 55:10-11) He sends His Word to you. You send it back in prayer and proclamation. That Word is full of power, released to accomplish its purpose.
So, let us
• pray Scripture,
• affirm and proclaim what God is saying,
• be confident that the High Priest of our “confession” is faithful
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