The Power of Proclamation: Derek Prince (Transcript)

Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s sermon titled ‘The Power of Proclamation’ which was delivered at Fort Lauderdale, Florida in October 1990.

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Derek Prince – Bible teacher

Ruth and I, when I’m ministering, we always begin this way. God has taught us this, and we’ve discovered that proclaiming the word just in faith at the beginning of a meeting makes a tremendous difference to the atmosphere in the meeting, and to the anointing on the speaker.


We’re going to proclaim Isaiah 55:10-11, which is one of our favorite proclamations. We use it frequently in connection with our radio ministry and its outreach through the earth.

So here we are: ‘For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater. So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.’ Amen.

Now let me say a little bit about the word ‘proclamation’ or the verb ‘to proclaim’. It comes actually from a Latin word, which means to ‘shout forth’. It’s a strong word.

There are two related words in the language of the New Testament: ‘confession’, or ‘to confess’, and ‘proclamation’, or ‘to proclaim’.

Now, confess or confession means to say ‘the same as’, and for us as believers in the Bible, confession means that we say the same with our mouths, as God has already said in His word. We make the words of our mouth agree with the word of God, and in that way we line ourselves up to receive the full backing and authority of Jesus.

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In Hebrews 3:1, the writer says that Jesus is the High Priest of our confession. That’s a very important statement. If you have no confession, you have no high priest. He’s our High Priest in respect of what we confess.

In other words, whenever we say with our mouths, whatever the Bible says about us as believers in Jesus, then we have Jesus as our High Priest in heaven, releasing His authority and His blessing.

But if we remain silent, in a certain sense we shut off His Ministry as High Priest. And if we make a wrong confession, we do even worse. In a certain sense, we invite negative forces to surround us and move upon us.

Now, proclamation is, as it were, confession made aggressive; proclamation is, in the sense a word of spiritual warfare. It’s releasing the authority of God’s word into a situation, into our own lives, into the life of the church, into a political situation, whatever it may be. There are countless different situations that need the power of God released into them.

And there is no more effective way to release the power of God into a situation, whether it’s your own life, your family, your church, your nation, whatever it may be, than proclamation.

Proclaiming is really the activity of a herald. A herald is a word we don’t use very much today, but a herald was a person with authority from a King or a Duke or some nobleman who went to the particular area concerned, and he made a proclamation of the will and the decision of God… of the ruler in that particular place.

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