It was in last Wednesday Midweek service when we were reminded on the Primacy an d Power of Prayer. There is a battle raging that only prayer can answer. The moment we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we entered into a battle. It is a real battle, not a physical battle but a spiritual battle. Paul said in Ephesians 6:12, “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.” The battle is virtually fought and won in our knees.
The Bible clearly reveals that our most powerful weapon against Satan and his servants, and the most effective means of advancing God’s Kingdom is prayer. The devil k nows that without prayer all the machinery of the Church is useless for lack of power. Almost every chapter in the book of Acts contains a reference to or a record of some prayer uttered. Pentecost was preceded by a season of prayer. In Acts 6, the Apostles were s o convinced of the primacy and power of prayer that they selected 7 men to help with the duties of the Church so that the 12 Apostles could spend more time in prayer.
My dear brethren, if we are going to recapture and regain the spiritual power and glorious effectiveness of the early Church, we must take to heart and live out Ephesians 6:18-20 where the Apostle Paul exhorts, “Praying always with all pr ayers and supplications in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Prayer is considered omnipotent for it can do anything that God can do! Indeed, prayer and faith go together. When we pray, God work s! Let us d o pray constantly, creatively, dependently, and diligently. We must pray for others that through us, saints will be edified and sinner s will be evangelized. Consequently, we continue to trust God to make a way for us “to open our mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel”.
Let us then press on, my dear brethren, to strive together in prayer.
All By God’s Grace and For God’s Glory!
Pastor Gerry Nable