Do you use a Prayer Journal?
Have you seen the Power of God answering Prayer in your Life?
- My marriage is healing.
- My children are growing up to know the Lord.
- The ministries I am involved in are on the right track (as far as I can see anyway).
When God’s people feel Hopeless the enemy wins. We serve a God of Hope
The enemy will try to keep you down- ineffective – and NOT fighting the real battle. Hopelessness is a tactic he uses.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” Ephesians 6:10-13 NASB
My voice does matter… when it is praying.
- We spend too much time fighting for our preferences.
- Other people look like the enemy
When Christians acknowledge the real battle and identify the real enemy we can fight with real Power.
What are Christians fighting for in the Spiritual Battle?
- The salvation of the World
- True revival in the church
The problem is, we get confused , not for the lost nation around us to live like they are saved!
I see a very cool example of how praying affect this Spiritual battle in Daniel 9-10.
“4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and loving-kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.6 Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land. 7 “Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us [a]open shame, as it is this day—”
“19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.””
He sees something that gives clarity about this “Spiritual” battle that we can not see.
“12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia” (Daniel 10:12-13 NASB).
Use your imagination with me please.
Pray for Revival among the local Body of Christ and throughout our Nation
“Lord your word says “24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24-26 NASB)
“41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41 NASB).
“11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NASB).
“14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land”(2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB).
Pray for our Leaders Nationally
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NASB).
“Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Proverbs 11:14 NASB)
Pray for my City and State Authorities.
I am in KY. To find yours, go here.
“7 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare’” ( Jeremiah 29:7 NASB).
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity”(1 Timothy 2:1-2 NASB).