2 Corinthians 10:3-6 – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.” NASB
Yesterday we talked about the Name, the Word, and the Blood off Jesus being Spiritual Weapons of Warfare and that we had some launching rockets to propel these warheads into the battle. Let’s begin with looking at them:
THE LAUNCHING ROCKET OF PRAYER….
I have decided that the only people who do not believe that prayer is of any significant benefit are those who do not pray! I do not mean to be calloused, but I believe that to be the truth. In my mind, there is absolutely no doubt of the validity, importance, or power of believing prayer! Prayer receives its power from the weapon of the Name, the Blood of Jesus!
When we pray the Name, the Word, and the Blood of Jesus we find an incredible release of spiritual power yet at the same time we find it vain to pray meaningless and unbelieving repetitions. One prayer warrior of old declared that ‘Prayer is the greatest force in the universe.’
I really do not argue that because prayer that carries the spiritual warheads of the Name, the Word, and the Blood of Jesus is armed with the greatest power known. If you remember the words of Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you did not know…” you understand. Simply, God has declared that IF we will pray, He will work and bring great and mighty things to pass even beyond our ability to know or comprehend. In a sense, God has limited Himself to working in conjunction with our praying!
It is my conviction that in prayer we can touch lands thousands of miles away, send help to divine prisoners, minister in every city in the world, and cross every barrier and obstacle. Prayer can penetrate where human flesh cannot. Yes, that includes our government (1Timothy 2:1-4).
When we pray for our government, we are to pray that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life. Good government allows us to have the ability to preach the Gospel freely and openly. It guarantees civil liberties and protects freedom of speech. We can do more on our knees than in any other fashion but that does not mean we cannot or should not be otherwise active. But always remember that Our Weapons are Mighty!
There are Eight (8) Laws or Elements of Prayer. I will call them Laws for the sake of understanding:
- The Law of Boldness. (Hebrews 10:19) – “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” The Blood of Jesus enables us to access the throne room of heaven.
- The Law of the Blood. Prayer is offered on the foundation of the Blood of Jesus.
- The Law of Faith. (Hebrews 11:6) – “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.”
- The Law of Right Relationships. (Mark 11:24-25) – “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. 25 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.” NASB
- The Law of God’s Will. (1 John 5:14-15) – “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” NASB
- The Law of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:26-27 – “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” NASB
- The Law of Praise. (Psalm 34:1) – “I will bless the Lord at ALL TIMES, His praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth.”
- The Law of Right Motives. (James 4:3) – “You ask, and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
All those are extremely important and explain why sometimes we are ineffective in our praying. It does not explain everything, but it should give us food for thought and personal examination of our hearts, motives, and lives.
May God be with you as you go through your day!