4 Keys to an effective prayer life: Part 3

Waging war with the unseen

Do you know your authority in God?

Prayer is not only a place for one to one connection with God. Prayer is a place where we join with Him in warfare.

In part 3 of our series on prayer I want to encourage you in the area of spiritual warfare. There is an authority and an opportunity we have as sons and daughters of God to wage war in the spiritual realms.

It is in that place that we intercede on behalf of our families and begin to tear down strongholds that can keep us and our family captive for generations.

Whether we acknowledge it or not there is a constant battle going on in the spiritual. Satan wants to derail you and your family, have you feel helpless and make you look anywhere but to God for help. He is the great deceiver and if we are not aware of his deceptions we will be tossed back and forth in his wake.

But as Christians our life does not have to be lived this way. Jesus has defeated satan and given us the authority to tell him to take a hike!

We also have the privilege to intercede for others. To be able to “wash other people’s feet” from the sin that has them captive.

Throughout the bible we read of people who interceded for people and even nations. Daniel interceded for his people in Daniel 9. Moses interceded for Israel in Exodus 32:9-14 and even Job interceded for his wayward sons in Job 1:4-5.

All of these people stood in the gap and repented to God for the sins of others so that they might be free.

Ephesians 6:12 tells us that the battle we wage is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. Prayer is where we use our authority given by God to disarm the enemy, Luke 10:19-20. Also in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 we see that strongholds and opposition can be conquered as we join with the Spirit in battle.

Prayer is where we stand in the gap and wage battle on behalf of our family, friends and even our government. We have the opportunity and authority to intercede and call on Gods purposes to prevail. This is the place where we can make a difference that is beyond ourselves.

Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy, John 10:10. Jesus came to bring life in abundance. When we engage in praying for the enemy to be disarmed we see his power diminish and he flees, James 4:7.

Zachariah 4:6 says not by might nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord. We don’t fight these battles on our own; it is by joining with the Spirit that He brings the victory.

Prayer empowers us to know that we can make a difference in the big things of life. We probably won’t realise the power of those prayers until we see the full story in heaven.


Lord,
Because of Christ I don’t need to fear the enemy because You have him underfoot. Thank You for the authority You have given me to resist the enemies schemes and plans and pray Your purposes into place. I thank You for the opportunity I have as a child of God to wash the feet of others so that they may experience breakthrough in their lives.
Amen


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