Today as I was listening to a youtube message by Graham Cooke, I was both blessed and challenged to pray with greater assurance rooted in a self-identity that I am a much loved son of my Father in heaven who longs for me to begin to walk in my inheritance now. And what is my inheritance? That I live and move and have my being in Christ who is fully able, ready and willing to give me the resources of heaven (not a synonym for just money) to carry out his will and be an agent of breakthrough for the advance of the Kingdom. I particularly enjoyed the following comments of Graham Cooke:
“We sometimes pray for our needs when God wants to give us our inheritance. We sometimes pray like a baby when God wants us to pray as a son. We sometimes pray like a widow when God wanted us to pray as a bride. I have a 6-month old granddaughter called Penelope. The kid doesn’t DO anything. She’s a noise at one end and a smell at the other. This kid, since she was born, hasn’t cooked a meal, she doesn’t know how to use a vacuum cleaner, she doesn’t know how to keep her room tidy. The kid does NOTHING! But—she gets her needs met.
Getting your needs met is the baby end of life in Christ. If you’ve been in the ministry for 20 years and you’re still desperately praying in your provisions and needs, there’s something wrong with the dynamic of your relationship with God. The Bible says we are meant to go from glory to glory and to grow from measure to fullness. The more mature we become the more God wants to give us our inheritance. At some point you have to stop praying for your needs and start praying, “Lord what is it you want to give me so that I can take this city?” If you’ve got a prophetic word from the Lord over you about a nation, or a group or a city, you’ve got resources that are tacked on to it. We ought to say to the Lord, ‘I receive that prophetic word, I receive that identity, and I also receive by faith and assurance all the resources that come with that identity.’ If you live in your identity the resources of heaven can come to you. If you’re not living in your identity and your trying to just make life work—then you’ll always just be praying about more personal needs. There is a time when you have to stop praying about your needs and start standing and walking in your inheritance. You will have a different level of expectancy when you know what your identity is.” -Graham Cooke