The right kind of prayer can change your life. It can change someone else’s life, and it can change many people’s life’s. Praying the right way can transform our towns, cities, and nations. Praying the right way can significantly change our world. Sadly, to many people the concept of prayer is nothing more than a boring static image in a picture frame hung in the corner of a room for a show of piety.
But the truth of prayer is so powerful when you consider that we are communicating with God.
What makes the right kind of Prayer so powerful is that it provides a way for God to operate in our world. Prayer is not powerful because someone can say big fancy religious words and flex their voice cords a certain way.
The last few decades there has been a growing awareness with Christians of some of the genuine principles surrounding prayer. For example, anyone can pray. Prayer is communication. You don’t have to use big words. You don’t have to shout, God’s not deaf, and He is not hard of hearing either. If you want to shout you may. If you like to whisper, that’s fine to. Points like, you can just be yourself, cry or laugh if you want to, be emotional, but be real. Prayer can take as long as you want it. It’s not about how long you pray or how early in the morning you can get up and pray. Prayer is like breathing, it’s just ongoing communion with the Lord, an ever-present awareness of His presence. Often you say nothing, just enjoy His presence. Well, all those points are good and true. Smith Wigglesworth’s story is often quoted where someone asked him how long he would pray, and his answer was; “about ten minutes, but I never stop any longer than ten minutes”, gives us an insight into effective prayer that’s far from the idea of “only a Priest can pray the: In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti”.
However, in my observation what has been missed and neglected is that Prayer is also very much an activity which must be conducted within the legal framework of the relevant covenant.
As a side-note reminder: The translated word “covenant” in the Bible is often mistaken to be connected to the word “coven” which has a link to the meaning of witches coven. Agreed that the word covenant on its own can have this connection to the word coven, but the Greek original in the New Testament is the word “Diatheke”, and the Hebrew original in the Old Testament is the word “Beriyth”. So the English word “covenant” is just what it is. Whatever the translators intentions were, for me it is just English language to describe these Hebrew and Greek words.
Those Hebrew and Greek words really carry the deeper meaning of: treaty, alliance, league (man to man), constitution, ordinance (monarch to subjects), agreement, pledge (man to man), alliance (of friendship), alliance (of marriage), between God and man, alliance (of friendship).
Prayer is that activity where a party of the covenant seeks to be heard by the other party of that covenant and makes a claim according to the terms and conditions of that covenant.
The terms and conditions of a covenant are like the constitution which governs the agreement between the parties and members of that covenant.
The Old Testament provides us with many very good examples of that kind of prayer.
Daniel wanted to enter prayer and present his case before the Ancient of Days, as he calls on Yahweh in several places throughout his writings. (Daniel 7:9, 13 and 22)
He had been reading Jeremiah’s writings and acknowledges that they were inspired and such Jeremiah’s seventy years were a number God had given him. Daniel uses that information to give him leverage when presenting his case and confession on behalf of the people of Israel.
Daniel 9: 2-3 King James Version
2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. 3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
Notice that after Daniel quotes Jeremiah’s seventy years he then proceeds to make his confession and refers to God’s faithfulness to the covenant. God stipulated a period of seventy years; this promise was part of the terms and conditions of the Covenant and Daniel uses it almost as legal leverage in his prayer to God and holds Him to it.
Daniel 9: 4 King James Version
4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
Which covenant is he referring to?
He was referring to the Sinaitic Covenant. Daniel confessed the sins of the people of Israel as was required by the Sinaitic Covenant.
Daniel 9: 13 King James Version
13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
In 1 Kings 18 Elijah prays for rain and it did rain. On what basis did Elijah claim his authority to command the elements of nature? He must have known the next verse, which is canon of scripture providing the terms and conditions of the Sinaitic Covenant.
Deuteronomy 28:23-24 King James Version
23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. 24 The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
Elijah knew that if the people of Israel fell into sin, such as idolatry one of the curses of the law would be drought ruining crops. When Elijah defeated the four hundred prophets of baal and destroyed the idolatrous perpetrators he could legally pray for the rain in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Sinaitic Covenant.
There will always be scriptural precedent within the terms and conditions of any of the Biblical Covenants. Prayer is not just a loose canon, with a hit or miss shot in the dark. There are spiritual laws that must be understood and applied. This is not God’s demand for us to become mechanical about prayer. This is God empowering us to access His resources and see mighty results in the Earth.
In the New Testament we see Jesus teaching the disciples about prayer.
John 16:23 King James Version
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
Now one of the first things to realize as Jesus teaches on Prayer is that we must apply the principle of “audience relevance”. So, we ask the question, “who was He talking to?” Well, He was teaching His followers, His disciples, and almost all His listeners were Hebrews. The Hebrew people ( The reference Jews or Hebrews may be used interchangeably), at that point in time were all under the Sinaitic Covenant.
As Jesus taught on prayer then He was teaching these truths as they applied under the five covenants of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible, and equivalent to the Christian Old Testament). This is important because the word “ask” is not a kind of begging for a handout from an inferior position or status. This is covenant language. The meaning of the word “ask” from a covenantal view point is: making a demand of something that is due according to the terms and conditions of the covenant. Therefore, Jesus was teaching the Jews at the time how to make a rightful demand according to their Sinaitic Covenant.
There are times where the people living under Old Testament Covenants made good use of this principle. For example, Moses came down from the mountain after just receiving the Law and found the people of Israel engaged in vile pagan activities. God then told Moses to step aside whilst He would unleash His wrath upon the people. God also told Moses that He would begin a new nation with him. However, Moses intervened. This is the meaning of intercessory prayer. According to the terms and conditions of the Sinaitic Covenant which was in the process of being fully established through Moses, the people of Israel deserved to die and be destroyed because they broke that Covenant. What does Moses do? He immediately refers to the Abrahamic covenant instead and reminds God of His promises to Abraham. God concedes and, in the end, the three thousand who were killed were the ones who chose not to be on the Lord’s side, but the rest survived.
Exodus 32:13-14 King James Version
13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. 14 And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
Preamble: Jesus Christ is True God and True Man. He has two natures: divine and human. Therefore, he is known as Son of God and Son of Man.
Blind Bartimaeus is one of those unique moments in the journal of the Mark. Calling Jesus the son of David was his acknowledgment that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the anointed one who was promised to be crowned King and sit on the throne of David and rule forever. Though Jesus being the Son of God He was also the direct descendant of King David.
Mark 10: 46-47 King James Version
46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
The fact that Bartimaeus calls Jesus the son of King David reveals his believe that Jesus is the Anointed One who would usher in the Messianic Age of the Kingdom of God. So, it was a title with loaded meaning. The promises of God to King David were part of the terms and conditions of the Davidic Covenant.
2 Samuel 7:12-13 King James Version
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
Bartimaeus’ faith was based on the belief that Jesus was the fulfilment of the Davidic Covenant, and so Jesus could heal the man’s eyes.
These principles of prayer Jesus taught are to some degree generic and apply for the New Covenant as much as they do to the Old Testament Covenants. Notwithstanding that not all the type of prayers Jesus taught are applicable to the New Covenant. The truth is some are not, but the idea of making a demand of something that’s due according to the covenant is equally applicable to the New Covenant.
A covenant is an agreement, or a constitution that was confirmed by a commitment unto death, i.e. blood flow. We must also realise that agreed parties of that covenant must be loyal to it’s terms and conditions. A constitution is body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a Kingdom, a Republic, a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.
The Kingdom of God and of His Christ now function by the constitution of the New Covenant. The terms and conditions of the New Covenant Constitution are laid out in one simple commandment.
John 13: 34 King James Version
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
From this one commandment we see how the Apostles of the New Testament derived the many instructions they wrote down in their letters to the Churches. Their instructions were not commandments as we read the commandments of the Law of Moses in the Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The Apostles had to deal with the day-to-day business of leading the quick growing community of believers in Jerusalem and in the rest of the Roman empire as the Gospel was being preached everywhere.
A constitution will by default provide us with the means by which determinations i.e. judgments and legislation may be formed. Legislation are laws considered collectively. Jesus’ commandment to love one another as He loved us brings humanity back to what is true to our innate rights as God’s creation. As such laws considered collectively will be what is common among people with reasonable sound minds and is congruent with a clear conscience. This is therefore “Common Law”.
I am not talking about the thousands of complex statutes and acts of parliament that somehow find their way into the law books. I can assure you; a government may pass many laws that could ultimately encroach on the people’s freedom. But when those statutes of parliament stand between an honest, loving, and good mother and her baby, the mother’s (unwritten) law of love for the child will instantly be the only true law to that mother. If it means the mother may have to break some statutory requirement to save her baby she won’t hesitate. The law of love for her child is the only thing that will matter then, everything else is irrelevant.
Common law is based on reason and the immutable law of God and nature. It is confirmed by a clear and honest conscience. Therefore, Common Law cannot be written. It can only be written about. That’s why the British Magna Carta of 1215 and the US Constitution are common law, codified, expressed, and enshrined in these charters. End of the day the Lord Jesus provided us with the simplest and most powerful way to identify common law by the “love one another as I loved you” – commandment. It is the one commandment which makes up the terms and conditions of the New Covenant.
Take any situation where legislation and directives may need to be implemented, the law of “love one another as I have loved you” provides the pendulum of judgment between right and wrong and the criteria by which guidance in legislation making should be followed.
The uttermost crucial precedent set in all of time and space is the eternal judgment of the God of the Universe that came to earth after the death, resurrection, and coronation of Christ.
Revelation 20:11-12 and 15 King James Version
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
How can it be that many Christians today assumed that this scenario of Judgment described in Revelation is still in our future? What if this took place in the first century just like Jesus and the Apostles said it would.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The word “whosoever” just as easily translates into the word “whatsoever” and corresponds with judgment being pronounced on the type or rather of what quality the works were. These could be works of faith and righteous works of kindness and benevolence towards mankind or works of evil. Those who died and perished in the fires of Jerusalem 70 A.D. died along with their evil works in those fiery flames because of that Judgment.
This is a powerful principle to comprehend. That judgment was executed and finished when that first century generation of which Jesus forewarned them in Matthew 24: 34 saying,.. This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled, but it set the precedent for all future generations.
You see this judgment was imperial, and monumental for all time. The Supreme Court of Heaven heard the case against humanity from the prosecution, the accuser of the brethren.
Revelation 12:10 King James Version
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
In our judiciary court proceedings there are criminal cases, which involve criminal law, and civil cases, which involve private laws. In criminal matters, it is the prosecuting party that files a case, and in civil cases, the party is known as the plaintiff. With offences under common law there must always be an identified injured party and court proceedings must result in a legal remedy. The injured party is often difficult to determine when people have allegedly committed offences against the Crown (British Law) or State (USA Law). Could it be that many people suffered prosecution needlessly for allegedly offences against Crown, State or Private Corporations? That put aside, worldly court proceedings do not represent the righteous justice of heavens courts, but some principles of our worldly courts are drawn from the idea of heavens courts and the pursuit of justice.
So, in Revelation 12:10 we see Satan, the accuser of the brethren in the function of the prosecutor. What does a prosecutor do? In our world, a prosecutor is a legal representative of the prosecution either under the common law adversarial system or the civil law inquisitorial system. The prosecution is the legal party responsible for presenting the case in a criminal trial against an individual accused of breaking the law. Typically, the prosecutor represents the government in the case brought against the accused person.
The King’s Court
In olden days the courts were the King’s court. The King was the sovereign who would issue his judgment, and his decree would become law, which had to be honored by all his subjects in his kingdom. Remember the sovereign has no higher authority over them and the sovereign makes law. The King would use his throne and court as his stage where he would convince his people that he is right. That’s really the practical definition of what court is. From this principle we can derive that the prosecutor who states his case takes on the role of the sovereign in the courtroom the moment he speaks. The judge, magistrates, legal advisor, court clerk and usher at that point become the adjudicators and the defendant is placed in an inferior position to the prosecution.
That’s why when the defendant is produced from custody or appears in court, he/she will have to state their name and date of birth and they are then to state whether they will either plead guilty or not guilty. In that inferior position it doesn’t matter whether the defendant pleads guilty, or not guilty. By accepting the charges and pleading “guilty” they place themselves under that jurisdiction. Or by accepting the charges and pleading “not guilty” they have equally placed themselves under that jurisdiction. Now what if the defendant says, “I do not understand the charges”??
[for this reason, all criminal and civil law attorneys in non-English speaking countries around the world must also study English Blacks Law, which is used in Anglo-American judiciaries around the world to learn the courts secret English legal language]
I explained previously that our Anglo-American Court system speaks a different kind of English sometimes called legalese. We generally accept that to understand something means to comprehend something. However, in court the word “understand” means to stand under. If the legal advisor in court asks the question: “do you understand these charges?”, they are really saying, “will you stand under the rule of this judiciary?”. If the defendant then answers by saying: “I do not understand the charges”, the judge might end up saying he is not able to hear the case. (obviously in reality it is not as simple as that, but this example is drawn for the benefit of teaching a principle).
The point is the defendant is always in a disadvantaged position to the prosecutor.
Take this into heaven’s court the accuser of the brethren took the stage in Heaven’s court. Technically speaking, he became the sovereign by right of him representing the prosecution, and God could only be the adjudicator in the function of a referee or umpire. You might say, “No way, the devil is not and could not be sovereign with no higher authority over him!”. You are right, that’s because the devil was not acting in his sovereignty. He lost his. He was acting in the capacity of man’s sovereignty. Like with everything else since the fall of Lucifer, he could not have access to earth unless he could deceive mankind to use their sovereignty to give him access to influence. How do you think Satan could enter heaven’s court and make accusations against man? We, I mean us, I mean mankind in general, by our guilty conscience, used our sovereignty to give the accuser that kind of access and influence.
This is the reason one man on behalf of all of humanity would have to enter heaven’s court to represent all, to plead our case. This is exactly what Jesus did.
When Jesus came into our world, He was always going to become the King of Kings. It was His destiny to be crowned King of Kings and Lord of Lords and rule Heaven and Earth. However, had He ascended into heaven and be made King of Heaven and Earth without first dying on the cross none of us would have been redeemed. As a result, we could never be able to follow Him into heaven after we finish our life here. We would remain in our corrupted condition of sin and be a disembodied spirit in the realm of the dead. But praise God, Jesus did die and all of us died with Him on that cross on Golgotha.
Colossians 2:12-13 King James Version
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Jesus’ mission was always to get to heaven’s Heaven’s Court through the death on the cross. He knew that only through His sacrifice, His death and resurrection, He would be able to secure a powerful victory in the court case of all court cases.
Revelation 4:3-4 King James Version
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Here we see the Supreme Court in Heaven. God, the Ancient of Days, is sitting, ready to hear the case of all cases. We also see the jury of twenty four elders.
Matthew 19:28 King James Version
…ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Revelation 5: 1 and 6 King James Version
1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Then we see Jesus the Lamb of God slain, appear before God in this supreme glorious court room in Heaven. Now Jesus will make His defense. He represents Himself and all of humanity. He is the defendant. He is in an inferior position to his accuser who has the courtroom. Satan is the accuser. God the Father is the righteous judge. He is the umpire. How does Jesus plead? He does not say that He does not understand the charges. He submits to the judiciary of Heaven’s court, and He pleads” guilty”.
Satan rejoices and thinks to himself, “aha I finally got them cornered, guilty as charged”.
Then, this is the point where Jesus points towards the cross and His death. We were sinners by nature with only one remedy, death. That’s exactly what happened. Jesus didn’t take our place, we died with Him on that cross. Our death with Jesus, who was made sin, was the end of that corrupted spiritual nature called sin.
Our death with Jesus on the cross, is also the place where all our individual sins were forgiven. The place where all evil words, curses, spells, and witchcraft ever exercised against us were made powerless. The place where all unholy alliances, whether they be spiritual or energetic connections, were cut and broken. The place where all sickness and pain ended. We died with Christ. A dead man/woman cannot sin, cannot be cursed does not have unholy alliances, and cannot be ill. Our deliverance from any yoke of slavery comes from the cross where we died with Jesus. But being dead leaves us with nothing. And so, we were raised with Christ a New Creation, and blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places where we are seated in Christ.
Satan the accuser dreaded this moment because he knew that none of his accusations would hold against Christ or any of His redeemed. He tried, but this court case became the trial that marked the eternal defeat of the enemy of God and His people.
Remember I stated that the defendant will always be in a disadvantaged inferior position to the prosecutor. That is until the defendant makes a counter allegation. At that point the defendant becomes the plaintiff or prosecutor and takes center stage on a level playing field with his original accuser. Jesus initially fully accepted the charges and pleaded guilty. And although punishment should have been the sentence, Jesus’ blood and sacrifice became the beginning of a New Covenant with the Father. A Covenant of forgiveness. In a Covenant of forgiveness there can be no sentence of punishment. There could be no eternal damnation for Christ and all those for whom He died. That’s all of us.
This situation left Satan stripped in court. Ever been in a court setting and watch the judge have a go at a lawyer and chew their knees off? (figure of speech) It’s embarrassing to watch. This scenario is the cosmical trial in heaven of all time. Lucifer who was first cast out of heaven because he made allegations against God and His creation. After his fall he set out to proof his point by deceiving the nations. He weaselled his way back into heaven by deception hijacking man’s sovereignty and God being a righteous judge had to let this play out towards the ultimate defeat of Satan.
Here now stood the accuser, embarrassed, stripped of all arguments, no case to present, silenced, forever.
Revelation 12:11 King James Version
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
And this is also the point where Jesus turns the tide and takes His rightful place in the heavenly courtroom. As the Lord Jesus states His case, He intercedes for all of us. That’s what intercession means: to petition, to appeal. Many other words can be used as synonym for the word petition. Some of those words are adjuration, plea, prayer, lawsuit – which is a court case for enforcing a right or claim, counterclaim, wish, appeal and many more.
Interesting note on the word “wish” from the explanation where the King would make a decree. Normally the King would have a spokesperson to proclaim the Kings demands. However, if the King had to declare his commands himself, he would soften up his words, by saying: “I wish it to be so” That’s because the direct words from the King using the words “order” or “decree” was deemed to be to powerful for the public to bare. This is still used in courts today. I wish it to be so, basically carries the meaning of “I decree”, or “I command”.
Jesus then points at the accuser of the brethren in the Heavenly courtroom and asks the question, by whose authority are you here? God did not afford you audience in this courtroom. You have not been granted access. Though you are here by man’s authority afforded to you, any accusations you claim you had against “we the people” who died with me on the cross can no longer be heard. I motion that this matter is discontinued and that there shall be a termination of proceedings. (I know I’m throwing a mix match of legalese in here, but not without purpose. The intention here is to convey an eternal truth so powerful it spells victory for humanity).
Under a Common Law Jurisdiction, a lawsuit can be filed by a prosecutor who must then state that they are “the people”. There is no legal definition for the concept of “We the People”, but I believe that we see the revelation of this mystery when Jesus stood in heavens court that day and said: “I am the people, and we the people died on that cross, my blood was shed to seal the Eternal New Covenant of forgiveness. I am the people, comprises all people in Christ. Jesus states, we the people died. There is therefore now no condemnation for the people in me.
Jesus pleads our case in the capacity of our advocate.
1 John 2:1 King James Version
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
The word “advocate” is the Greek word “paráklētos” and means: one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defence, legal assistant, an advocate, an intercessor.
After Jesus laid out His case against the now defendant, the accuser of the brethren, the charges against Satan hold a list of the most serious offences against God, humanity, and all of creation. This final judgment was a unanimous verdict by the jury of twenty-four elders, Jesus the advocate of we the people, and the judge of the universe.
John 16:11 King James Version
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
The sentence upon the prince, the archon of deception, the diabolos, which means accuser or slanderer was that he had no legal right or authority to bring accusation against mankind. He had no legal right to enter heaven and present accusations, and he had no legal right or authority to influence mankind upon Earth. I know he still does continue in this business, but only if an individual living breathing man or woman gives him that opportunity. Other than that, the Judgment stands, and Satan was legally cast out.
John 12:31 King James Version
31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Cast out from where? Out of heaven’s court, outside the New Heaven and Earth, outside the New Covenant of Peace, outside the Kingdom of God on Earth, outside the city walls of the New Jerusalem. Outside into the abyss of outer darkness.
This final judgment set the precedent for all of time since then.
In England and Wales Law we have something which is called: The Doctrine of Legal Precedent. The general rule is that Courts are bound by the past decisions of courts of the same level and bound by the decisions of courts that are higher in the hierarchy.
For our study in binding and loosing the final judgment on the prince of this world became the court ruling of Heaven’s Supreme court. Now when we take our matters to God in prayer, we must base our intercession on this legal precedent. Our world really needs believers who comprehend this powerful truth. Believers who have familiarised and developed a good level of skill, knowing how to appear before the ancient of Days in Heaven’s supreme court to petition serious cases.
Clearly remember a set of basic but crucial rules first when conducting Intercessory Prayer in Heaven’s Court:
You died with Christ, His blood washed all your sin away, and keeps you cleansed of all sin and unrighteousness. You were born of the Holy Spirit a new creation united with Christ and He is now your righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. The Lord represents you before the Ancient of Days, before His Father and your Father also.
The moment you present you case before God you appear in His court in the capacity of Jesus, and you speak with the voice of Jesus. You are there in His sovereignty and at that point there is no higher authority as you take the stage.
Any sense of accusation against you or those you are interceding for must be responded to by admission to relevant offences but followed by invoking the New Covenant of forgiveness. We died with Christ and the blood of Jesus washed away our sin. This is how the accuser is silenced. Further invoke the final judgment that was decreed upon him through Christ’s intercession, which set the precedent for all time after.
You then determine the appropriate decree upon the situation you are praying for. You are standing in Christ’s authority to bind, which means to forbid, and to loosen, which means to allow. Thus, what you bind in heaven’s court will be forbidden on earth to. What you loosen in heaven’s court must be allowed on Earth to. Your decree, the King’s wish, your court ruling providing it is congruent with the New Covenant Constitution is endorsed by the adjudicator, the Judge of the Universe, and must be honoured by every creature in heaven and earth.
Once you know you have made your representation, and you reached that point where you know in your heart the Judge of the Universe heard your case, the Father has heard your prayer, you have your court ruling, you have your answer, then the only thing left is to give Him thanks. What would you do if you really already have your answer now?