PRAYER     by Pastor Paul Locke

“The prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (Ja 5:16)  This is the first clue to success in whatever you do in the Kingdom of God.  If the work you do is not of God, then it will be burnt in the refining fire, unlike offerings in righteousness. (Mal 3:3)  David had the right idea when he faced Goliath and said, “…I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israelfor the battle is the Lord’s…” (ISam 17:45-47)  Our warfare (Eph 6:12) “…is not against flesh and blood…” but evil spirits and who can fight them…for the battle is the Lord’s.

Prayer is talking with God; the way a born again Christian communicates with heaven.  Things are established in heaven first through prayer and come to pass on earth through the Holy Spirit.  It is written, “…whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Mtt 18:18)   This is the prayer that I usually pray before commencing street harvesting, “Heavenly Father we come to you in the name of Jesus, we take authority over (named territory) in the name of Jesus; we bind Satan and every unclean spirit and break every curse so they fall to the ground without any effect.  Father in the name of Jesus we loose the power and anointing of your Holy Spirit, and let your Word go forth.”

God hears our prayers as soon as we mention the name of Jesus “For where two or three come together in my name there I am with them.” (Mtt 18:20)  The Holy Spirit gives us words to pray for God knows what we pray before we pray and has already answered.  God reads our hearts and we pray not only with our tongues, but in our minds.  It is important to know that God loves us and wants to use us, so it is up to us to respond to Him.  The sinners’ prayer is one that God is quick to honour and all heaven rejoices after the fact.

Prayer agenda is what we should pray for and Jesus said to pray for the Kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  God wants us to pray for the lost, the peace of Jerusalem, the Saints, our loved ones, our leaders, our nation, and our enemies.  Pray thanksgiving for all things including the provision of our food set before us.  The difference between prayer and a command is (1) speaking to God, or (2) exercising authority in the name of Jesus, the latter (2) is what God expects of us in the enacting His will on this earth.  The Holy Spirit exerts power through us and the spoken Word.    

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