Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.[g]19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.[h] 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.
Brief Message I read and needed to share: The mother of one of my seminary students was a psychic. She said to him once, “Jim, have you been praying for me?” “Of course I have, Mother.” “Well, don’t,” she insisted, “because you’re disturbing my aura.”
My Thoughts: I say pray on! We never know completely the effects of our prayers, but we do know that God includes prayer as part of His strategy for establishing His kingdom and ensuring our spiritual victory in the lives of His people. Do you think prayer gives us access to God? Do you think prayer works?
One of the most dramatic deliverances I heard of the story of a Pastor that observed happened in a man who was a high priest in the upper echelons of Satanism. Six months after he was set free he gave his testimony in a local church. At the close of his testimony the Pastor asked him, “Based on your experience on the other side,’ what is the Christian’s greatest strategy against demonic influence?”
“Prayer,” the man answered forcefully. “And when you pray, mean it. Fervent prayer thwarts Satan’s activity like nothing else.”
What is prayer? It is communication with God by which we express our dependence on the Lord. God knows what we need in our battle with the powers of darkness, and the Lord is more ready to meet our needs than we are to ask. But until we express our dependence on God in prayer, God may not act. In prayer we say, “You are God, not I. God You know what’s best; I don’t. I’m not telling You what to do; I’m asking.” Prayer is a means by which God guides and protects we His children.
Praying in the Spirit is God’s way of helping us pray when we don’t know how: “The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us” (Romans 8:26). Helps (sunantilambano) depicts the Holy Spirit’s role of coming alongside us in our condition of human frailty and spiritual vulnerability and bearing us to the other side of spiritual protection and victory.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that prayer is such a powerful weapon in my arsenal against the powers of darkness. May you kingdom be done on earth as it is in heaven, In Christ name, Amen!
Pastor James Baker, Jr.