Teach Us To Pray [PART 8]

Teach Us To Pray [PART 8]

Topic: Teach Us To Pray{8}

Sub-topic: The Art of Prayer

Bible text: Luke6:4b

In the Last part of this series, we started with the warfare art of prayer where we talked about temptation and test. It was established that Temptation is constantly the works of Devil. While Test comes from God and the Devil serving as the  Chief Invigilator. Even as we still proceed in the warfare art of prayer, communication of the Spirit wisdom and edification is made available in Jesus Name {amen}.

“And Lead US not into TEMPTATION but deliver us from EVIL”{ Luke11:4b}.

KINGDOM OF DARKNESS: The War against the Kingdom of darkness is in two folds.

[i] Personal Warfare

[ii} Kingdom warfare

*Personal Warfare: This is the warfare against Devil and the Kingdom of Darkness for the fulfilment of God’s promises upon a believer’s Life.

“FIGHT the good FIGHT OF FAITH, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”{ 1Tim6:12}.

“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall BIND on earth shall be BOUND in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall LOOSE on earth shall be LOOSED in heaven”{Matt18:18}.

The Devil is always manipulating the good works of God to afflict an individual so as to frustrate them as if they are not serving God{Ps42:1-3, Luke13:11-16}. This is the reason you have to be deliberate and purposeful in this prayer when you perceive this woeful works of darkness.

“Is any among YOU AFFLICTED? Let HIM PRAY…”{James5:13}.

It is quite important for you as a Believer in Christ Jesus to be filled with the Word of God and the Spirit so as to always discern between TRIALS and AFFLICTION. Trials are to be endured in good faith, while Afflictions are to  be combated in good faith{2Tim4:7}.

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Kingdom Warfare: This is gaining territories for Christ through warfare against the Kingdom of Darkness.

“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”{Eph6:12}.

For us to fulfill the ministry of reconcilation that God gave US as believers, we must take responsibility in the place of Prayers to rescue men from the stronghold of darkness.

“Therefore seeing we have this MINISTRY, as we have received MERCY, we FAINT not……But if our GOSPEL be HID, it is hid to them that are lost. In whom the god OF this WORLD hath blinded the minds of them which BELIEVE NOT, lest the LIGHT of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should SHINE unto them”{2Cor4:1-4}.

However it is important for us to Know that in our warfare against the Kingdom of Darkness { Personal & Kingdom}, we must go with Knowledge of the FINISHED Works of Christ on the Cross because there is NO any Fresh Battle we can engage with the Devil that can be won.

“BLOTTING out the HANDWRITING of ORDINANCES that was against US, which was CONTRARY to US, and TOOK it out of the WAY, nailing it to HIS CROSS; And having spoiled PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS, he made a SHEW of THEM Openly, TRIUMPHING over them in it”{Col2:14-15}.

WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN suffereth VIOLENCE, and the VIOLENT take it by FORCE”{Matt11:12}.

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Right from ages, the only Language the Devil and kingdom of darkness understood is VIOLENCE. Below are the weapons of our warfare available to us in Christ Jesus:

1. Praise as a weapon of warfare: Eulogizing the Name of the Lord of Hosts when you need a particular victory in reverence and reference to the title{Gen17:1, Exodus3:14; 15:26, Ps23:1; 47:2, Judges6:24}.

2. Worship as a weapon of warfare:{2Kings3:15-25, Isa53:3-5, Eze48:3}.

3. Singing and Dancing as a weapon of warfare: {Acts16:25-26, Jer31:13}.

4. Love as a Weapon of Warfare: { Luke6:27-35, Rom12:9-21}.

5. The written word of God as a weapon of warfare:{2Cor10:4-5, Matt4:1-11, Rom8:35-39, 1John5:4}.

6. Thanksgiving and Joy as a weapon of warfare:{Jn16:33, 1Thess5:18, Phil4:4,6-7; Neh8:10, James 1:2}.

7. Praying in tongues as a weapon of warfare: {Acts16:25a, Eph6:10-12,18; Acts4:31}.

8. Joyful noise as a weapon of warfare: This is inspired by the Holy Spirit during the time of trials and oppositions{Ps100:1, Josh1:6,20; Ps47:1-5}.

9. Name and Blood of Jesus as a weapon of warfare: {Phil2:9-11, Prov18:10, Col2:14-15, Rev12:11, Heb12:29}.

10. Silence as a weapon of warfare: This is when the Lord asked you to relax and be quiet, that the battle is His{ Exo14:13-14, Ps46:1-11, Isa30:7, 15-18}.

  Having all this arsenal at our disposal as a believer, we have more than enough to live a daily victorious life because we are overcomers already {1John4:4}.

Verse of the day:

“For though we WALK in the flesh, we do not WAR after the FLESH:(For the WEAPONS of our WARFARE are not CARNAL, but MIGHTY through GOD to the pulling down of STRONG HOLDS). 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”{2Cor10:3-5}.

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Action point: Live as a Soldier of Christ always. Know who you are, your enemy and the weapons of your warfare. Engage these weapons daily in Faith.

Shalom!

©Oyekunle Sunday

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