Why Pray? We believers need to be more convinced about the need for prayer. We see Jesus life characterized by prayer before all the major events of His life. We see the lives of the early church, seeped in prayer. In fact, spiritual breakthrough of any kind seems to be always associated with prayer, as in spiritual revivals. There is more to prayer than just communing with God and enjoying our relationship with Him, it is also a spiritual weapon in a world where we are at war.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor 10:3-5)
In Eph 6:10-20 prayer is part of the description of our spiritual armory, equipping us to do battle in the spiritual realm.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Eph 6:18)
Prayer is the bow,
the promise is the arrow:
faith is the hand which draws the bow, and
sends the arrow with the heart’s message to heaven.
The bow without the arrow is of no use; and
the arrow without the bow is of little worth; and
both, without the strength of the hand, to no purpose.
Neither the promise without prayer,
nor prayer without the promise,
nor both without faith,
avail the Christian anything. (Author Unknown)
Prayer takes the promises of God, prays them out in faith (laying claim to them in faith) and in that way establishes the freedom and victory which is ours in Christ Jesus in the spiritual realm. When we pray, fighting a spiritual battle, the supernatural meets with our natural for victory to be established. When we pray, the supernatural steps in and breaks down strongholds, heals the broken and sets the captives free. (Isaiah 61:1)
Prayer is accessing the super natural power of God, through faith.
Prayer is essential for victory in our circumstances. When we pray we take spiritual ground in the supernatural realm. We may not see it in the physical realm yet, but our faith (believing) is what sets the wheels in motion for change. God brings about the changes, changes in us, changes in others and changes in our circumstances.
Over time, we see the realization of what we established in the spiritual realm, come about in our physical existence. Praying is taking ground in a battle, you put your peg in to raise your standard (Isaiah 31:9) and claim that ground in faith. Then you dig in and wait for God to work, always keeping your ground. (Ps 20:5)
1 John 5:13-15 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God….This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests we have asked of Him.”
We may think that we are just ordinary people that cannot make a difference in the world, but when we engage in prayer we are no longer powerless.
“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:17)
No wonder the enemy does all he can to prevent believers praying.
Lord help me to engage in prayer more often. Remind me Holy Spirit to pray more often. To pray about everything and to be regularly praying faith based prayers, not just “bless them” prayers. Help me to be bold and pray for the things I want to see in faith, rather than current circumstances. Help me to take my prayer life seriously and pray earnestly before you, for I believe that my prayers have power.