7th The Prayer

Conclusion: Prayer is the most Important Element

I. Prayer in general
To be good in athletics we need endurance, concentration, discipline, conditioning, flexibility and we need a goal. We need these things for prayer as well.

For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
Matt 26:41

And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Luk 22:46

Pray without ceasing.
I Thes 5:17

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luk 6:12

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Rom 12:12

Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
I Tim 5:5

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Eph 6:18

Prayer is a battle. There are no wars without battles regardless of what kind of battle they are or how they are fought. Yet, the type of battle a prayer warrior finds themself in, is unlike those that the world knows. It is a spiritual battle. In order to have a war, you need an enemy. A Christian’s enemies are Satan and his demons. (Matt 13:39; Acts 13:10) And this is not a “cold war”, where each opponent spends their time spying out each other and building up their armaments. This war is an all out war, that is taking place even now. It is not a battle over land or riches, but over the souls of men.

Satan is actively on the attack and never ceases. ( I Pet 5:8) The powers of darkness are not interested in a cease fire or in making a truce. The enemy does not just use his demons. He also likes to appear as an angel of light in order to deceive and manipulate individual Christians and whole assemblies. ( II Cor 11:14,15) He seduces them onto his own territory. This enemy is even more evil than the “Alien” in the movie “The Alien”. The Alien revealed his true nature from the beginning. Our enemy often comes as a good fairy out of the fairy tales, who pretends to save us from the evil witch. In Christian circles he often quotes from the bible as he did with Jesus in quoting Psalms 91:11,12 as they were standing on the pinnacles of the temple.

In Ephesians, chapter 6 we read that we are to put on the whole armour of God. The shield that Paul is talking about is the big roman shield that several soldiers could hide behind to protect themselves.This shield was used in war. The gladiators did not use this shield in the arena. The bible makes it clear that we are not only to stand in defense and fend ourselves from the arrows but we are to launch offence attacks, too.

In II Cor 10: 3-4 it says:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds ;)

In order to tear down strongholds we must be active. Passivity is undesirable here.

Wolvoord comments:
“The carnal weapons that Paul purposely abstained himself from using, were his teaching abilities, his personal influence, his rhetorical talents whether orally or written and similar things.

He did not fight this war with the weapons of this world. The weapons that Paul used were the revealed Word of God and prayer. These things are mighty in God’s service. Though in the eyes of the world these appear weak, with God’s help they are able to bring down and destroy thoughts and anything else lofty that lifts itself up against the knowledge of God. Neither the enemy, nor his servants are able to resist this knowledge (or power) of God upon which Paul so relies.

Prayer moves things in the visible and invisible realms. Just how this all looks in the unseen realm we may never decipher as long as we are on earth. But is that necessary? However, the following passages give us a glimpse:

Col 4:3:
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in
bonds:


II Thess 3:1
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free
course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:


Matt 17:21
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Acts 10:31
And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in
remembrance in the sight of God.


Eph 6:19
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,


Daniel was also a man of prayer (Dan 6:14). He was a high governing official and he had outlived several kings. The testimony that King Darius proclaimed at the end of chapter six in the book of Daniel in the bible is very interesting. That, which the people of Israel often neglected to do, he did. He proclaimed the glory of God.
He said:
Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

Dan 6:25-27


Battling in prayer is of utmost importance. It is more than our human understanding can grasp. We can never have enough prayer warriors. The most awesome thing is, anyone can partake in this battle, whether they be young, small, unknown, shy or “untalented”.

There is no need for great public heroes. We need heroes who are found in the battle of prayer, be it in there own quiet room, or in a prayer meeting. These need not even be healthy and strong. The old, the handicapped and others who are treated as unworthy outsiders in this world, are heartily welcome, even needed.

I read once in a mission's magazine:
“Fiona is a eight year old, severely handicapped girl from Uganda. She was born with only one leg. What can be done with such a child? It cannot work on the fields, nor fetch water. It is another useless mouth to feed for the family. A child that cannot walk, but can only crawl on the floor is a disgrace to the family.”

How wonderful it is that our heavenly Father has a different standard of measure!

The prayer warriors whom God has chosen are the still ones who with tears and fasting move the heart of our heavenly Father. And they do this not for themselves.
Their foremost concerns are for others. They pray for:

• the missionaries in Africa who must deal with sorcerers who get in their way.
• preachers whose preachings bring many souls to salvation
• for the servant who is crying out to the Lord that he would send more labourers into the harvest. (Luk 10:2)


II. Prayer in View of the Last Days
1. The Person who prays does not think about themselves first.

After the passage in Ephesians on God’s armour there is this sentence:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Eph 6:18

Praying for other brethren who suffer, helps me to keep from revolving around myself. It no longer interests me if a bag of rice falls over in China, the bear in Alaska misses his fish, or some sport team in Argentina loses their game. But I do feel a bond to all Christians who are indeed born from above regardless of where they are or whether I personally know them or not.

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
I John 4:20

One way to show love for the brethren is by praying for them. Prayer moves things even twenty thousand miles away. It is not important that we see the results of our prayers now. These will be seen in eternity.


2. The praying person cries out for guidance and wisdom.

Our Lord always knows best what is good for us. He knows best what needs to happen and how it needs to be done. So if we ask Him to build our house churches, then it will be less of a temptation for us to go about things on our own. This is how our work will be blessed. In this manner only, will we not be building with wood, hay or straw, but rather with gold, silver and precious stones. (I Cor 3:12) As a result, our doings will be of eternal value.


3. The person who prays, prays for those who persecute them.

This is one of the most difficult lessons to be learned. It goes against everything in our human nature to be an advocate on behalf of our enemy. But our persecutors too, are slaves and servants of darkness. And some will come to salvation through our intercessory prayers.


4. The praying person stand in the gap for those who have been betrayed

It is all God’s grace if you are able to discern the spirits, if you meet with the right brethren and have read the right books. In any event, you do not run after false teachers, or if you did, you have turned from their deceptions. As a result, you must pray for those who do run after those false shepherds, as they are convinced that in so doing, they are following Jesus Christ.

The points mentioned in this chapter on prayer are by no means conclusive. There is a lot to learn on this subject of prayer. For that matter, there is much to be said on all of the topics addressed in this work. But our Lord, who never lacks in spiritual fullness and wisdom will add to this knowledge, and work His will, as He sees fit. We must constantly remind ourselves that we are dependant upon Him. We want Him to have His way! Without continuous personal communication with our Lord and Father, and without His help, it is impossible to make all of the right decisions in preparing to go undercover.

Keep praying!


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