Presenting Your Petitions 
In The Courtroom Of Heaven

"Truth alone, empowered by the Spirit, can wither the deception and oppression of the enemy. In II Corinthians 10:3-6, Paul says that the weapons we fight with have divine, dynamite-like power to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. He is describing subtle thoughts, beliefs, and mindsets that have been sown into our thinking by the enemy. Truth, spoken in faith and empowered by prayer - especially in agreement with others - will root out faulty thinking and bring our minds into obedience to Christ." Tom White
It would be absolutely ridiculous to go to war without having a weapon of offense. Yet you and I are involved in spiritual warfare daily and often enter the frontlines of battle spiritually without using the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). This must not be. The Word of God is a sword that pierces truth into enemy strongholds. The enemy loses in the courtroom of heaven as we present our case with the truth of God's Word. As the quote says above, the Word of God has divine, dynamite-like power to demolish every scheme of the enemy. The truth of God, spoken in faith can annihilate the enemy's plans against you and all that you are praying for. Don't underestimate this powerful weapon. You and I must have it ready for quick use as we bring our petitions before God.
I believe that major breakthrough in prayer is beginning to happen worldwide because prayer groups around the world are beginning to pray the Word of God. Intercessors are more and more opening their Bibles in the prayer room and claiming the truth of God's Word in the courtroom of heaven. The worship and intercession meetings (Harp and Bowl) I am involved in are using the Word of God to launch into powerful prayers combined with powerful worship and antiphonal singing. It is amazing how taking a verse of Scripture and bringing it before the Throne of God leads into such powerful Holy Spirit-led petitions. If you start doing this, I am sure you will agree. The Holy Spirit knows how to take the Word and launch it into extraordinary declarations of truth and intensive prayers before the Throne of God.
Using the Word in the Courtroom of Heaven
"Anyone who trusts that he can be an intercessor without knowing and being heavily dependent upon God's Word is hopelessly deceived. The Spirit works on the Word. It is for this reason that Jesus taught that true worshippers must worship in Spirit and Truth, or according to the Word. He is the Holy Spirit who quickens Scripture in intercession and sets such as legal precedence upon which to base our battle, for indeed the enemy is a legalist and must be beaten in the law court of Heaven before He is ever defeated in the heavenly and then in the natural." Michael Howard
We hear the battles in the courtroom on a daily basis, but often we don't realize that there is a law court in Heaven. If you study law in any nation, you realize that without law and order, there is extreme chaos and that wickedness prevails. We fail to realize that in heaven, God is the lawmaker and judge. So when we present our case before God in heaven, understand that the Word of God is extremely important, because it is the absolute Truth that you and I stand on. When we intercede before God, we can list the petitions that we want God to answer. In understanding the language of the law court of heaven, we must know the Word of God and be thoroughly familiar with God's law. The evidence from Scripture supports our petitions. Many years ago, I was a legal secretary, and so I know the importance of legal evidence. As a secretary, I had to have the sentence structure right and every word perfectly spelled. One mistake, and I would have to start over. This is before the computer age. We couldn't even use "white-out" to cover up the mistakes. Legal papers had to be perfect. When you and I pray, we should ask specifically and clearly. We can state our requests, telling God why we hold that position. You may want to write out your requests just as a lawyer would. Find Scripture that corresponds with your requests and use them as you pray. Claim those promises from Scripture. The positive declaration of Scripture is a powerful defensive and offensive weapon. The enemy wants to keep us vague and without faith in our asking. The Word energizes our prayers.
Using the Word of God is one of the major keys in intercession. When we bring God's Word in our intercession and cry out to God in the courtroom of heaven, bringing again and again before Him the truth of what He says in Scripture, victory must come. God cannot deny His Word. When God spoke the word in creation, the Spirit and the Word quickened life. When you speak the Word by the direction of the Holy Spirit, life will come forth in power. Martin Luther knew the potential of God's Word in defeating the enemy. One Word spoken by the power of the Holy Spirit can make the enemy fall.
"'One little word shall fell him.' This line from Martin Luther's historic hymn refers to a basic principle of spiritual warfare: Standing on and speaking out God's Word slams the adversary and brings us onto victory ground." Tom White
The Word of God reveals the power and the greatness of the Word. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible (176 verses), and it is a prayer that reveals the greatness of the Word and the passion of the Psalmist for the Word of God! We read in Psalm 119:12-15, "Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word."
Why is the Word of God so important in prayer?
"In the court of heaven, Scripture is the law! When we approach God with His Word, we can be assured of a heavenly audience. Each argument we make before Judge Jehovah should be offered on the basis of what He has said. After all, the law (Scripture) is the language of the court. So, prayer is an appeal of faith based on the Word of God. Sometimes we can predict the verdict God will render because we know what God has said." Eddie and Alice Smith
The Word of God is needed in effective prayer - When we pray the Word, we can more effectively communicate our desires because our hearts are filled with Scripture.

The Word of God is a book of prayer - Prayer and the Word are a powerful combination that produces dynamic intercession. Praying the Word will bring creativity and depth into your prayer life. 

The Word of God helps you declare God's promises - David knew this. He prayed in I Chronicles 17:23-24, "And now, Lord let the promises you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever." 

The Word of God establishes support to our prayers - In the same way as evidence brings support to an earthly law case, our bringing the Word of God to support our prayers in heaven establish support to our prayers. 

The Word of God is the law prayed in the courtroom of heaven - God is true to His Word. When we bring in His Word as an argument of truth in our prayers, God has to answer. 

The Word of God increases faith in prayer - When you pray God's Word, you cannot help but grow in faith. The spoken Word in our prayers creates a "yes" in our spirits and rises up into faith-filled prayers. I have seen this again and again. 

The Word of God helps us pray the will of God - Oh, that we but understand that the Holy Spirit is essentially the Spirit of the Word and the Spirit of prayer! He will cause the Word to become a joy and a light in our souls, and he will also most surely help us in prayer to know the mind and will of God, and find in it our delight.

Jesus prayed the Word of God while on earth - He used the Word of God as He prayed in Matthew 4 when He was tempted by Satan. He is our example. 

"Think of the Lord Jesus: in His youth and manhood He treasured the Word in His heart. In the temptation in the wilderness, and on every opportunity that presented itself… He showed that the Word of God filled His heart. And in His prayer life He manifested two things: first that the Word supplies us with material for prayer and encourages us in expecting everything from God. The second is that it is only by prayer that we can live such a life that every word of God can be fulfilled in us." Andrew Murray

For additional training on Biblical prayer; the penetrating Word of God and the promises of God, read the book called Ascending the Heights of Heaven by Debbie Przybylski.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:17&version=31http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%204;&version=31;shapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1