Oh, that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come to His seat!
I would present my case before Him,
And fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know the words which He would answer me,
And understand what He would say to me. Job 23:3-5
Recognizing the Judge side of God
It’s obvious everyone sees God differently. Those in business would read the Bible from that perspective. Those who are doctors might argue that God showed the Physician side of Himself more than the others, especially in Jesus’ and the Apostle’s ministry. Some times I think about how people love to have their prayers answered but make the mistake of not recognizing God supplying their needs according to who He is in their time of need. In other words, for example, no one calls Him “Jehovah Rapha” to be their healer when they need healing. More often than not getting prayers answered requires calling on the Source of the answer in accordance to the need at the point in time. The thing is, the needs or prayer requests people have are actually cases! If you don’t know all the names of God then, at least, see Him as one who is Judge over all. That means doing one thing…
Reading your Bible
Why? Look at this passage:
Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:25.
At that point Abraham was wondering if God would spare Sodom for the sake of fifty righteous people. He knew God is a righteous judge, knowing the exact thing to do at the right time, no matter what the situation is!
Abraham had a case which he presented several times (Genesis 18:24-33)! Actually it was 5 times. God had patience with him. Abraham wanted to see how far God would go in ensuring the safety of the righteous people in the city. Now when you consider this passage:
“ Present your case,” says the LORD.
“ Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob Isaiah 41:21.
Here, God was displeased with Israel worshipping idols. He wanted to know what good reason they had for doing this despite all the goodness God had shown and proven to them. Anyone in the Lord’s position has every right to demand such a thing! Read the whole thing in context from verses 18-23. How would you feel if from the beginning you were kind, caring, helpful towards someone and they just continued to disobey and disrespect you? Would you not want a very good case to support their reason for doing this?
You might be thinking, “This does not have anything to do with the title of this section?” On the contrary, it has everything to do with it. In court in order for your case to be favoured over others, you have to have strong evidence supporting you. If you don’t read the Bible:
1) How are you going to be able to present a good case in front of unbelievers in order to win them over to the kingdom?
2) How are you going to convince the Judge that your prayers should be answered and not someone else who has a more pressing issue?
Therefore, my point in this section is: get as many points from the Bible to use as strong evidence to convince the Judge that your case should be worth looking at.
Becoming a prayer attorney
Just like studying law, you need to study every situation in order to deal with them effectively when the time comes. Of course you can focus on the subject that is most interesting to you, for example finance, then whenever you pray for finances-either for yourself or someone else-you’ll be able to convince the Judge. Law takes many years of study because having to cover every aspect of it before branching into what you believe is your specialty. In the same way, it can take a while to study most, if not all, the Scriptures that have to do with a particular case. Here are some ideas I have to help you get started:
1] Start off with a topic you find interesting. It’s easier to focus on things you love. If you enjoy experiencing peace, and you seem to recognize it most times when you read the Word, even if the passage does not state the word but shows examples of it, write it down.
2] Take your time. You do not need to rush it. The more attention you give to the Scriptures, the easier it is to notice certain things.
3] Build a small case first. It’s all about taking baby steps. Use a minimum of 3 passages to build your case. Make it good and take it very seriously. You are coming before the King of kings after all.
4] Try to recognize the topic in the requests. If someone asks to pray for restoration of a relationship, that’s peace. If it’s for a job, that’s finances. If it’s for passing a test, that’s understanding. Take note that you’re really praying for understanding in a case like that because wisdom is the right application of knowledge. They can’t apply wisdom if they don’t have understanding.
5] Work with others. You don’t have to do this yourself, although you can if you want. In high school my friends and I would meet and sit in a circle going round just quoting Scriptures. We would see how long each of us could go. Our prayer lives tremendously increased because of that. You want to try that and do it as often as possible. Do it with family, distant relatives and friends. That way if someone has an urgent request, you’re in a position to present a good case on the spot!
6] Use each Scripture as a reason to answer the prayer. The more Scriptures you have the stronger your case! Pile as many as possible and be firm with your reasons. The Judge cannot deny the evidence in His Word!
7] Use your testimonies as evidence as well. It’s very important to write down the answers to prayer. When you pray you get to remind the Judge about the cases He’s granted your request and why that makes Him a righteous Judge.
I believe everyone should become prayer attorneys. The difference with the kingdom court is that you can have more than one lawyer representing a client at the same time! Imagine if all of them had really good points that no one can deny? It’s all about being diligent enough to: