In Christian circles, we hear the phrase I decree and declare while praying. I would do this, but did you ever consider that this is incorrect?
I found out there is a difference between the two words, and I would like to share it with you.
First, what is a declaration?
If you have ever traveled out of the country, the airline gives you these funny little forms you need to fill out to declare what you are bringing into the country that you are visiting. How much money do you have on hand, how many pieces of luggage, any fruit, and so forth.
Merriam-Webster defines declaration this way:
- The act of making an official statement about something : the act of declaring something
- Something that is stated or made known in an official or public way
Declare means to make known
When we declare something in prayer, we are making an official statement about something that already exist. For example, I declare that I am saved by grace through Christ. I declare I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
We see in the book of Esther the king told Esther to issue a decree after Haman’s plan was foiled.
Est 8:7- 8 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews. You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”
Later this decree was executed.
Merriam-Webster defines decree as an official order given by a person with power or by a government
A biblical definition is one of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained.
My friends know when they call and ask how I am doing, I answer I am blessed. I am decreeing I am blessed, even though I may be having a horrible day.
Decrees are a tool by which we cause the truths of the heavenly realm to be manifested into the natural realm. For example, we decree healing when we are sick, we decree provision and abundance when we are lacking and so forth.
When I pray for people, I decree they will walk out their new found freedom in faith, and will be strong to come against the attack of the enemy.
I went to prayer asked the Lord about decrees, and this is what He said.
There is nothing magical about a decree. It is what is placed in your heart, and will be released with your mouth and the decree will go forth throughout the earth and accomplish its’ purpose. It is your job to speak it forth, a decree comes from your spirit.
When I learned there was a difference, I changed my prayers. I now know when to declare and when to decree. Having my prayers align with the truth is what I aim for.