Did you know that when it came to a blessing (rain for Israel), Elijah prayed hard by bowing his head between his knees (Kings 18:41–45)? But when it came to a curse (drought for Israel), he simply declared it with confidence (1 Kings 17:1). Why? It’s because Elijah had more faith in God’s judgment than in God’s goodness! He was an old covenant prophet with an old covenant mindset when it came to prayer!
My friend, old covenant prophets call your sins to remembrance and deliver to you the judgment and punishment of God. They are judgment-minded. New covenant prophets, on the other hand, call your forgiveness and righteousness in Christ to remembrance, and point you to the finished work of Christ.
So when it comes to praying, do you have an old covenant mindset that says, “God is quick to curse but slow to bless,” or do you have a new covenant mindset that says, “Because of Jesus, God doesn’t curse me but is quick to bless me”? I encourage you to put on a new covenant mindset. Know that because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross, if you need a blessing today, you don’t have to pray hard and long, as if God is reluctant to bless you. No, all you have to do is boldly declare the blessing in faith and it will come to pass!