Pastor Anthony brought up an interesting point in this week’s sermon. He said “Sometimes we feel like we pray and the prayer hits the ceiling and comes right back down,” This is a very powerful lie (our prayers not being heard by God), that the enemy tells us, so here are a few verses to help illustrate the power of what our prayer is really doing and why it is a critical component of faith.
In Mark 9: 14- 29 Jesus drives out an impure spirit and when the disciples ask why they couldn’t Jesus says in verse 29 “ This kind can come out only by prayer,”
To paraphrase: Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have, and when all else fails, when all weapons, wishing, effort and work still fails, prayer can conquer Hell itself.
The spiritual battlefield stretches before us, prayer serves two critical purposes. The first, it’s our connection and communication with the general of our army. Prayer is how we hear His commands on where to move as attacks come, where to focus our time and energy, and how to best defend ourselves. Second: Prayer is the sword in our hands. To unleash the power that God has given us as warriors is focused and targeted by prayer, by bringing up specific issues, people, and situations allows us to wield the full force of God’s power that has been invested into us. The bible talks about our weaponry in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Prayer is the weapon we fight with, not swords, guns, or missiles, prayer transcends and is more powerful then these. As Christians, the ability to use this weapon can make a massive impact in the spiritual realm. God continues to instruct us on the power of our words in Matthew 18:18-19
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
This verse is one of the most powerful promises that we are given. Our use of prayer is not an empty set of words that are on their way back down from a deaf ear. Prayer is our ability to address the situations going on in front of us with the promises and protections that God has given us. God offers us comfort! In Deuteronomy he reminds us in Chapter three verse 22
“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.”
We are absolutely in a battle when it comes to spiritual warfare but we are not without the weapons and protections that God has given us. As Pastor Anthony continues talking about prayer next week it should be a meditation on our hearts of what we are choosing to spend our time fighting for. Are we struggling with worry and anxiety by trying to fight without a sword in our hand? Or are we practicing the basics to master the weapon that God has given us? Prayer holds a very important role in our spiritual walk. He leaves us with a promise in Romans 8:31
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us?