“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” (Mat.6:10 NASB)
“Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit.” (Luke 18:1 MSG)
“With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints…” (Eph.6:18 NET)
Prayer is a gift that God has given to us to communicate with him and co-labor with him for the advancement of the Kingdom.
Prayer can be used to direct the power of the Kingdom on another person or situation. The enemy seeks to discourage us from the persistent prayer that Jesus has called us to. While God’s ultimate purposes in this world cannot be changed, we can have a part in fulfilling them.
God will get us to our ultimate destination (glorification). But what if we get to Heaven only to find out that He would have healed us or changed certain situations, if we had only asked him. God may directly ordain some setbacks but only allow others. Prayer can sometimes change our circumstances, unless God himself has put up a roadblock or given us “a thorn in the flesh”.
If the devil is the source of our problems, God in his sovereignty has given us authority to pray that the situation will change. This is all a mystery, but we will not be effective if we become fatalistic and passive in prayer.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV)
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 ESV)
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit…” (Jude 1:20 ESV)
Without the transformation of our minds, we will be ineffective in our prayer lives. Because of our fallen nature, we tend to be so conformed to the world that our senses become dull to the spiritual world around us. Our minds will naturally focus on what we can see, hear, feel, and taste.
Prayer is a spiritual weapon and along with the internalization and proclamation of Scripture, it is the way we advance the Kingdom and see changed lives. All types of prayer and the Word must be utilized to effectively fight our invisible enemy.
The spiritual realm is where all real battles are fought. Remember we are not at war with people only those unseen powers at work in their lives. We must become convinced that praying in the Spirit, is the most effective way of pushing back darkness.