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Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7-11 (CEV)

7 The time is near when all things will end. So think clearly and control yourselves so you will be able to pray. [Be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.] 8 Most importantly, love each other deeply, because love will cause people to forgive each other for many sins. 9 Open your homes to each other, without complaining. 10 Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace. 11 Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen.

 

1. Prayer Provides Ammunition to the Believer

A. Prayer Strengthens the Believer

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Col. 4:2)

  • watchful: soldier on guard duty
  • Believer as a soldier
  • To stay alert in fighting spiritual warfare

Fight the good fight of faith, pray in faith by:

  • Offloading our cares on Jesus and He downloads His Love to us

    Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

  • Exchanging our tiredness and weariness for His strength

    Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the Lord will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired. (Isa 40:31)

  • Receiving His peace which brings healing and wholeness in our souls

    6 Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. 7 Then God’s peace which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ. (Phil 4:6-7)

B. Prayer Disarms the Enemy

“When the devil sees a man or a woman who really believes in prayer, he trembles as much as ever did”~ R.A Torrey

Prayer deals a crashing blow on Satan’s strategies towards God, His People and His Kingdom.

Satan’s method to stop believers praying = DISCOURAGEMENT; because:

  • Delays in prayer being answered
  • Prayers not answered according to their desires

men always ought to pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1)

Keep on Praying. Listen to God’s encouragement:

  • Psa 65:2 – Our God is “the One Who answers prayer”
  • Pro 15:29 – Our Lord “hears the prayer of the righteous”…our prayer rises to God as incense (Rev 5:8)
  • Our prayers are stored up on the altar of God and in His appointed time of release… He pours them out as blessings to us

 

2. Prayer Sets the Captives Free

Two other roles where believers must take on to fight spiritual warfare intelligently:

A. Take Up Our Roles as Priests

9 However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellentqualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 10 Once you were not God’s people, but now you are. Once you were not shown mercy, but now you have been shown mercy. (1 Pet 2:9-10)

  • Offer prayers on behalf of our loved ones and all whom we know are not saved
  • Go to our prayer altars … Pray for a download of God’s love for those who need Christ

“It’s not a place – it’s where you commune with God. Whatever form it takes – it’s between you and God… The personal altar for me is the place where I must touch God before I can touch the people. Jesus gave us the pattern. He fellowshipped with the Father – loved the Father – then He loved those around Him…” ~ Suzette Hattingh talking about prayer altars.

Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. (Paul’s prayer for his countrymen, the Jews in Rom 10:1:)

B. Take Up Our Roles as Kings
  • Empowered with Christ’s authority to come against powers and principalities that captivate many of our unsaved loved ones…
  • God has equipped us with spiritual weapons (2 Cor 10:4-5)

    4 The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people’s defences, that is, their arguments 5 and all their intellectual arrogance that oppose the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ.

 

Conclusion

Satan trembles when a praying saint is on his knees seeking God’s face.

Let us fortify ourselves with prayer by asking the Holy Spirit to empower us to:

  • Discipline ourselves as soldiers of Christ to pray earnestly and fervently on a daily basis – have our faith strengthened
  • Take up our positions as priests and kings unto God – to pray and see our families, friends and relatives set free from the power of Satan

 

 

By: Rev. Maureen Seow

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