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Effectual Fervent Prayer

By Church of God Evangelistic Association
April 26, 2014

All around the world we live in there is overwhelming evidence of spiritual conflict! The forces of evil are working overtime to create havoc in our personal lives and the world around us. The Bible teaches clearly that there are evil supernatural forces seeking our moral and spiritual demise and if it were possible our physical destruction. Jesus described this scenario in John 10:10a when he told us: “The thief (Devil) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Demonic activity is increasing and these hordes of demonic forces led by Satan himself are actively seeking individuals to attack and destroy when possible.

The war is raging all around us between the forces of heaven and hell. The call has gone out for Christians everywhere to devote themselves to the business of prayer. Prayer warfare is so urgent and Satan is so deceptive, that we are urged continually in Scripture to use all the armor and all the weapons God provides to win the victory. We are all expected to daily put on the “full armor of God(Ephesians 6:13). Do you have a daily time alone with God, when you spend time in His Word and Prayer?

The purpose of this command is so that you can take a stand against the devil’s schemes. Through the power of Jesus Christ you can defeat Satan! As James 4:7 tells us, we can resist Satan and cause him to run from the field of battle. The enemy can be driven away when we use the weapon of prayer and praise. We can bind his power in the name of Jesus Christ. Through prayer we can set his captives free. In Jesus name we have full authority to defeat Satan on any field of combat. We are never to be discouraged and back down, but with renewed vigor in our prayer life we are to force Satan to run! Make sure that in your life, prayer time is given the highest regard. Time and fervent energy are necessary to be an effective intercessor. The Christian who fails to plan for prayer time is planning to fail as a prayer warrior in the army of God. We live in very serious times and the apostle Peter spoke about what our focus should be in I Peter 4:7-8:

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober (serious & diligent) and watch unto prayer and above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover the multitude of sins.”

II Corinthians 10:4-5 instructs us about the importance of prayer. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” When we use the weapon of prayer brethren, we are able through the mighty power of God to pull down every kind of stronghold Satan might use. Jesus our Savior promised us in Matthew 21:21-22 that if we have faith and doubt not, we can say to a mountain, “be removed and be thou cast into the sea; and it shall be done, and all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

Prayer has enough mighty power to remove any mountain hindering our Christian walk. Effective fervent prayer of true Believers will change mountains into highways, and defeat into victory. May we daily bring everything to God by prayer and supplication and make our requests known to him, so the peace of God that passeth all understanding will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus our Lord!

The Bible says the early church turned the world upside down for Christ. Fervent, believing prayer puts fear in the heart of Satan. Nothing is impossible with God! With God all things are possible! Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need. Plan a daily time of prayer!

Prayer is one of the weapons we must learn to use if we are to be an overcomer, and to help other believers overcome! “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:12-18).

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

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