“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – (John 4:24 ESV)
Every time we pray we are engaging the unseen realm. God is Spirit and we worship him in spirit and truth. We worship the unseen God who has revealed himself in the man Christ Jesus. Jesus is Lord and Maker of everything, in both the material and spiritual worlds.
“…for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” – (2 Corinthians 11;14 NASB)
The fact is, all world religions are not equal. It’s a dangerous thing to engage in spiritual activities apart from Jesus. Satan masquerades as an angel of light, so we must beware of deception.
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” – (Ephesians 2:6 NIV)
When we pray to the Father in Jesus’ name, we are approaching God based on a covenant relationship. If you are “in Christ” you have been spiritually seated with him in heavenly places.
Sometimes we fail to realize that our salvation experience is much more than a ticket to heaven. Our redemption, by Christ, allows us to experience the love of God now. And to be overcomers, in this present evil age. Therefore when we pray in Jesus’ name, we are asking God to do for us and others, what can’t be done by human power.
Prayer itself is an act of spiritual warfare. We find deliverance from spiritual attacks from God in our times of prayer.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” – (Matthew 6:13 NIV)
In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus is giving us a heads up about the spiritual battle raging around us. We ask the Father to keep us from temptation and to deliver us from the evil one. This warfare is our present reality, whether we like it or not.
God has given us the Holy Spirit, the word of God, and access to his throne (prayer). We have been given these benefits for both worship and warfare. To be effective in both, we have to believe that we are accepted by God and loved by him.
I find that many believers live their lives feeling unloved by God, because of personal failures. If you are a parent, ask yourself this question, do I still love my children when they fail? The answer is yes. And God desires to restore us when we fail, so that we can enjoy our friendship with him. And so that we can push back the darkness, through prayer in the life of others.