The Kingdom Warriors' Blog

10/14/2015

Spiritual weapons: Prayer – part 1

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:57

What is the role of prayer in spiritual warfare?

Prayer is an indispensable weapon in all forms of resistance and battles, against the enemy.

Should we pray to God, or against the enemy?

There is no contradiction between praying to God, and praying against the enemy. We should do both.

We should pray to God

The bible tells us, over and over again, to pray to God.

1 Tim 2:8
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

Jesus, as our example, prayed a lot.

Luke 6:12
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

We should pray against the enemy

The bible tells us to resist the devil.

Jam. 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Pet. 5:8-9
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith …

But shouldn’t we ask God to get the enemy away from us?

First, let’s state that God has dealt with the enemy. The Father, through Jesus, has triumphed over all the evil spiritual world.

Col. 2:15
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

However, we must understand that Jesus has given us the mission to cast out evil spirits.

Mark 16:17
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons …

God has done His part in getting rid of the enemy. Now the church has to do its job. Shouting, whining, begging or asking God to deal with the enemy will not change the fact that Jesus, right now, is waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool

Hebr 10:13
and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.

What God has meant for us to do, He will not do for us. Therefore, it is wrong for us to ask God to cast out evil spirits. It is up to us to do that. However, it is only because of Jesus’ victory that we have the authority to do it.

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