Most of us could use more peace in our lives, right?
There is a practical prayer we use in our ministry that I wanted to share with you. When we have people pray it their peace increases, and they are able to come to a higher place of trusting God.
It’s the renunciation of the five “I wills.”
Have you ever read these in the Word of God? They are the five “I wills” that Lucifer proclaimed when he was trying to rob God of His seat in heaven.
They are found in Isaiah 14:13-14 You said in your heart, “ I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
Satan’s pride had reached a height at which he thought that he knew better than his Creator. He thought he could do a better job of running heaven. He looked at his own beauty and thought he had become God. Then he said in his heart these five “I wills.”
When Adam and Eve took Lucifer’s fruit, they joined with him in agreement with these five “I wills.” Eve wanted to know as much as God did. She wanted to be like God and Lucifer convinced her that all she had to do was eat the forbidden fruit and she too could have as much knowledge as God did. She then drew her husband into the deception as well.
In taking the fruit, they sided with God’s enemy and joined themselves to the same “I wills.” Whenever we question our “position” God has given us, and we decide that God isn’t generous enough and we want MORE than our allotted place in life, we are guilty of the same sin as Lucifer who said, “ I will ascend to the heavens.” He wasn’t happy with the beauty and the position and the leadership of worship that his Maker had given him – in his heart he still wanted more.
Whenever we have distrusted God and thought it was a better idea for us to sit on the throne of our lives rather than letting God sit on our throne, we are guilty of the same sin as Lucifer who said, “I will raise my throne above the stars of God.” He wanted control.
Whenever we have questioned God’s ways and assumed that we could do a better job writing His story, we are guilty of the same thing that Lucifer said, “ I will sit enthroned on the mountain assembly.”
Essentially, I will tell a better story to the people, and they will love me for it. He wanted to be idolized by the people. Whenever we have wished for fame or to be lifted up in front of people we are guilty of the same thing that Lucifer said, “ I will ascend above the tops of the clouds.” He wanted to be seen above God. He wanted to be exalted in front of all creation.
Whenever we have decided that we know best and do not think we need to seek the Lord’s will first, we are guilty of the same thing Lucifer said, “ I will make myself like the Most High.” He wanted to be the ruler of the world.
In all honesty, I think it is safe to say that we are guilty of at least one of these “I wills” and if you’re like me, you have been guilty of all five at some point in your life. It is a very simple prayer of repentance and renunciation that will set us free from thinking that we know better than God…
We merely need to humble our selves and renounce all five “I wills.”
(Don’t hesitate to repeat the prayer whenever pride rears its head and you begin to think you are better than God.)
Prayer to renounce the five “I wills.”
God forgive me for not humbling myself before You and thinking that I am better than you in any way. I know that You are a better story writer. I know that You have given me an awesome inheritance with Christ and I don’t need more. I know that I do not need fame to have significance, I only need Your approval. I know that You see all things and I can trust You to be a good ruler over the whole earth.
1. I renounce that I will ascend to the heavens.
2. I renounce that I will raise my throne above the stars of God.
3. I renounce that I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly.
4. I renounce that I will ascend above the tops of the clouds.
5. I renounce that I will make myself like the Most High.
Forgive me for sitting myself on Your throne, I invite you to sit there now and surrender my life into Your hands!
In the mighty name of Jesus, AMEN!