Welcome to my teaching series on prayer. I hope throughout this series you gain an understanding of the different types of prayer and identifying the critical elements of spiritual warfare so you can defeat the enemy fighting you. Let’s begin with what the Bible says regarding prayer and understanding there is more to prayer than just “praying.”
Luke 11:1-4 (KJV) says, “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3) Give us day by day our daily bread. 4) And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”
Ephesians 6:18 (KJV) says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (NASU version) “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, “
The Amplified translation reads: “Pray… with all manner of prayer.” Paul infers that there are different types of prayer, if there weren’t, he would have simply said, “praying always.”
The Bible teaches several kinds of prayer and different laws or principles governing them. For instance, in the field of sports you wouldn’t play basketball with football rules, it wouldn’t work!
We will look at the different types of prayer extensively and when you would pray which prayer. We are going to examine how to have an effective prayer life, building blocks for a strong spiritual foundation.
What are the primary types of Prayer found in the Word? There are 8 different types of prayer the Bible references:
1. Prayer of Faith:
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Matthew 21:22 (KJV), “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
This prayer is always to be based on God’s revealed will in His Word. For instance, 3 John 2 says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth.” God says it is His will for you to have material prosperity, your bodily healing and health and for your soul to prosper. So, when you get sick, how do you pray? You pray the prayer of faith, Not “IF” it be your will, heal me. It is already God’s will for you to be healthy! God does not change, His will does not change. You stand on the Word of God, believing, saying, “Thank you for my healing Lord! Your WORD says, “ You are the God that healeth thee, You gave us power to heal all manner of sickness (Matthew 10:1), You were wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon you and by your stripes I am healed!”
An example of a prayer by faith might be in a situation where you have a desire for a home. Maybe you have been trying to buy a place of your own and it has not worked out? God is a God of supernatural power, He is a God of miracles.
“Father, in the natural it seems impossible, but You are the God of possible. Nothing is impossible with You! I pray that if it pleases You, intervene on my behalf for a home for my family. Everything in the natural is against me, but You are for me and nothing is impossible with You. Let this be a testimony of Your goodness and glory! I believe Lord, in You I have strength and hope! Provide the right place to make a sanctuary for You we can dwell in! Let it be a place dedicated to You! In Your time, in Your will, I stand on You as my Rock, my God of miracles! In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
2. Prayer of Consecration:
Luke 22:42 (KJV), “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
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This is the prayer of dedication of our lives for God’s use. To “consecrate” means, “to make or declare sacred or holy, to set apart or to devote to the service or worship of God.” It means to go anywhere and do anything for God. This is the type of prayer Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:42) “Saying, Father if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.” In other words, Jesus was saying: “I don’t want to go through with this Father…” He asked 3 times for the Father to take this cup from Him, “I don’t want to do this, but not my will, Your will be done!”
When do we pray this? For personal dedication and devotion to God. Sometimes you want “tall, dark and handsome,” God wants you for this season… The prayer of Consecration is to die to self desires for His will.
John 3:30 (KJV) says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
An example of a Prayer of Consecration from my book “Prayer Confessions”:
“I ask You Lord, to open my spiritual eyes and ears that I may see my ways of error, pride, rebellion and disobedience that would prevent me from walking in Your favor. Favor begins with the fear of the Lord according to Your word. I ask that my life would align with respect and admiration for you God. Bring course correction to every area that opens doors of disobedience in my life, in the name of Jesus. I submit myself to Your Lordship and the will of God for my life.”
There must be a humility of Who God is in your life and your absolute giving over to His will. God is a God of grace and mercy and love. A trust in Him and His desire must take precedence over our own fleshly desires. Remember, He knows your heart and your needs.
I will continue teaching you on the 8 types of prayer with numbers 3-5 in the next email! Praying with you,
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In my last email in this series, I showed you the ”Prayer of Faith” from Matthew 21:22, and ”The Prayer of Consecration” from Luke 22:42. In this email, we are continuing with the next 3 types of prayer, ”The Prayer of Commitment”, ”The Prayer of Worship”, and ”The Prayer of Agreement”.
Prayer of Commitment:
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV), “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
Philippians 4:6, 7 (NIV), “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Careful” (Greek), means “be anxious about nothing, take no thought.” It means you are not to tolerate anxiety or worry. God alone can and will help you if you give it all over to Him. It is not biblical to worry, give it to God. This is the prayer of commitment! And when you pray it the Bible says He will give you a peace that passes all understanding. “Peace” (Greek), means “to join, peace, by implication prosperity.” “That passes” (Greek), means “to hold oneself above, superior, higher, supreme.” “All understanding” (Greek), means “intellect, the mind, meaning.”
An example of A Prayer of Commitment from my book “Prayer Confessions”:
“Lord You order my footsteps according to Your word. I trust you with every step I take. I do not resist the moving of the Holy Spirit in my life. Lead me Lord, as I completely surrender and commit my life to You. I ask for wisdom which You will give me liberally according to James 1:5. I will be led by Your Spirit. I shut off and resist every voice that contradicts Your voice. Forgive me Lord for doing my own thing, for rebelling against You and being stubborn. I thank you for never leaving or forsaking me. I turn from my way of life and the plans that I have for myself and turn to Your way of life and the plans that You have for me, in the name of Jesus! In order to follow You Lord, I forsake everything that You ask me to. I will not be led astray by wicked and deceitful spirits that are operating and influencing people and situations in order to ensnare me.”
Prayer of Worship:
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Acts 13:2 (KJV), “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”
Luke 24: 52, 53 (NIV), “ Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.”
The prayer of Worship is to give Him honor, homage, respect & exalt Him for His worth. Psalm 48 says, “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God.” Psalm 72 says, “Blessed be the Lord our God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.” Psalm 97 says, “The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice, let the multitude of the isles be glad.” The Psalmist is saying, “I exalt You God, I worship You, I Praise You!”
“Father, You are the Rock on which we stand. You are worthy to be praise and exalted. You are the reason we wake up in the morning, and when we go to sleep we hope to have thoughts of You. There is none like You Lord, You are our Strength and our Refuge. We cry out Your name and only Your name above everything and everyone. We come before You simply because You are worthy and our God. Lord there is nothing greater than You. We wait for the swift move of Your hand. Our hope is in You and You are our safe place. You created the heavens and the earth and Your will and Your Word is a guide and a grace for us. We cry in worship of You God because without You we are nothing. Jesus Your sacrifice and love is like a sweet gift we don’t deserve, Father Your will and Your plan for our life is perfect, Holy Spirit You are our comfort and our guide. We worship You God!”
Prayer in Agreement:
Matthew 18:19-20 (KJV) “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
It is saying that when two or more gather together, in perfect agreement together with a specific prayer put before God, He is there with them. How powerful is that! Nothing is preventing Jesus from hearing the prayer and in fact being active in the gathering together of those coming in agreement.
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When we come in agreement with each other, in accordance with Gods will, it can be like the power of prayer is magnified. There is an aspect of this like intercessory prayer, but not simply the praying for another, but coming together in one accord and praying with each other, agreeing.
“In the name of Jesus, we come together in agreement, believing by faith, in accordance with Your will and Your holy word, that when two or more are gathered, You are here with us. We petition heaven on our behalf, that You supernaturally intervene for our situation and move mountains. We deploy Your Word and the Blood of Jesus on our behalf. Go before us and make the crooked ways straight. Nothing is impossible!”
Remember- this doesn’t mean that your individual prayers to God are ineffective or lacking. Your individual prayer life is the most important this, and God hears all your prayers, and answers them. It simply means that the more God’s people gather, in agreement, the more powerful it is. BOTH are important!
I will continue teaching you on the 8 types of prayer with numbers 6-8 in the next email! Praying with you,
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This is the 3rd email of this teaching series on prayer. In my last email, I showed you these 3 types: ”The Prayer of Commitment”, ”The Prayer of Worship”, and ”The Prayer of Agreement”. Today, in this part, we will go over ”Prayer in the Spirit”, ”United Prayer, and ”Intercessory Prayer”.
Prayer in the Spirit:
1 Corinthians 14:2, 14-15 (KJV), “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” “14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15) What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV), “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Romans 8:26 (NIV), “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
We are guided and comforted by the Holy Spirit, and when we pray in the Spirit, whether praying in tongues, groaning in the Spirit, or any number of “sounds,” it becomes God guiding us. Although it begins with intentional groanings or speaking it can supernaturally elevate. Sometimes this can be difficult to explain because people try to think logically, and without understanding it can seem illogical. It removes the limitations of our physical body and even hides the things we speak from the enemy. It opens our spirit to discern what the Spirit of God desires, imparts, and reveals to us. God will reveal through prayer.
There are usually two occasions where this begins in your life, and sometimes without guidance, it can be a disappointment because we might look for something on “our terms.” For example, someone may begin praying in the Spirit suddenly, as the followers of Jesus did in the upper room, in an atmosphere filled with the Spirit of God. One thing to note is frequently people wait and expect that it has to happen in this manner and can be left disappointed. This leaves the other example, where someone follows under the personal guidance of a seasoned minister or person knowledgeable in the area of prayer and praying in the Spirit specifically. There are things that can be exercised to step into this.
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Because of the confusion and assumptions about this type of prayer there can be controversy surrounding it. Explanations of it, even writings on it can seem vague. But if you seek, you shall find!
United Prayer :
Acts 4:23-30 & 31 (KJV), “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled
together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”
There is power in God’s people being in one accord and praying together. Miracles and breakthrough happen. When you assemble together in church for example, and are worshipping together in unity and are “agreeing” that God is holy, above all things, and HE is worthy to be praised, His presence takes over.
United Prayer and Prayer in Agreement may seem like the same thing, but there is a small difference at times. Because some times in United Prayer, everyone may be in absolute verbal agreement, sometimes they may be in agreement for the whole but praying differently because of small situations. The power of two or more gathered in agreement is supernatural. But united prayer can be different in that individuals gathered together praying at the same time is not necessarily the same as all praying the same words or agreeing the same thing simultaneously. In a prayer group, 20 people may be praying in the same room, united as one front in battle. One individual may be dealing with one aspect of a situation while another is dealing with something else, a different part of a larger picture. Like a military group in battle, one may be dealing with a sniper, another holding off an infantry, another fighting an air strike, but all addressing the same battle.
Through united prayer, while individuals are prophetically dealing with different aspects of the same larger issue- one person might be praying for past generational issues, while another is dealing with current limitations and demonic hindrances. Another may be praying to usher in the things seen. It is simply a more powerful wall of defense and a more powerful offensive tactic. Like a football team- your offensive line attacks to open up holes for a running back or hold off pass rushers, your running back may take the ball and run or pick up a block, your receivers run routes to get open or distract defenders, your quarterback reads the defense and either makes the play happen or will audible (make a change) depending on what the defense does. But 11 people work together in different roles to get in the end zone. Touchdown.
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Romans 8:34 (KJV), “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
Hebrews 7:25 (NIV), “Therefore he is able to save completely[c] those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
Jesus is currently interceding for us at God’s right hand. And just like that, we are to intercede for God’s people. Some intercessors do this more and focus in ministry on interceding almost as a full time position. It can be quite a lot to handle, and seldom has recognition, but a church with good intercessors is a powerful church. Some carry a gift or mantle of intercession, others may not do that specifically, but we all intercede when we pray for each other. This is very important!
I will continue teaching you on the some key points to effective prayer in the next email! Praying with you,
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This is the 4th email in this email teaching series where I will start to give you points on how to build a powerful prayer life. If you learn these points, you will have a framework to use to pray POWERFULLY in a Biblical way about anything at anytime.
2 Chronicles 7:12-15 says, “And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”
Some significant points to understand:
1. God hears our prayer
2. God chooses the house of the Lord to commit Himself to.
3. He will reverse His own doing if we pray.
4. If we repent He will heal the land.
5. If we humble ourselves He will heal our land.
6. If we seek His face, HE will heal our land and forgive our sins.
7. God is attentive and opens His ears to prayers that come from His House of Sacrifice.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
There are a few things to keep in mind as we build a powerful prayer life: 1) Pray to The Father in the name of Jesus Christ.
John 16:23-24 (KJV) says, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24) Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
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2) Pray the Word of God.
Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me
void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
A believers prayer life must be built and based on His word. We know that faith begins where the will of God is known and we know that God’s word is His will. Find scriptures that definitely promise what you are asking God for. Get those scriptures firmly fixed in your heart, not just your mind. To do that you will have to meditate on the Word of God.
Josh 1:8 (KJV) says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Another translation says “…that thou mayest be able to deal wisely in the affairs of life.”
Success in life comes by meditating on God’s Word. That’s the way you’ll build God’s Word into your inner
consciousness, into your spirit.
3) You must ask God for what you want and believe you receive when
Mark 11:24 (KJV) says, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye
receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV) says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Certainly the Lord knows what we need even before we ask, but He still said for us to ask Him. The Bible says “… your heavenly Father knoweth that you have need of all these things” (Matt. 6:32). But He also tells you to ASK for what you need: “…ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).
To say that you are leaving it up to God & that you know he will automatically do what is best for you is unscriptural.
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4) Forgive if you have ought against any.
Mark 11:25-26 (KJV) says, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26) But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
I will continue teaching you the next 2 points on building a powerful prayer life, ”engaging the enemy” and “spiritual warfare” in the next email!
Praying with you,
In this 5th email on this teaching series on prayer, I am picking up where we left off on the next 2 points on
building a powerful prayer life, ”engaging the enemy” and ”spiritual warfare”. 5) Engaging the enemy.
Nehemiah 2:17-20 (KJV) says, “Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. 18) Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. 19) But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king? 20) Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.” Nehemiah says, “Let us build up the wall!”
1 Corinthians 3:9 (AMP) “For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building.” You are in partnership with God, co-laborers with Christ. Nehemiah says where they are and where they want to be, and declares, “we can do this because the hand of God is good upon me.”
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Psalm 5:12 (NIV) says, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
Romans 8:31 (KJV) says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
The people responded with a clarion call: “Let us rise up and build” (heb = begin to build, obtain children, make repair, set up, sure). There was no restoration until the people responded to agree and align with Nehemiah. So, they “strengthened” their hands for this good work. “Strengthened” (Hebrew: “bind together in covenant”). “HANDS” (Hebrew: “the open one” – indicating power, means & direction). In other words: The people came together in covenant for the cause with their power (influence / favor), means, resources, talents, and direction.
This is what gets the enemy stirred up. When the people of God came together and assembled – it aggravated and activated the enemy! 2 Corinthians 2:11 says, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (greek: purposes, disposition, thoughts).
You will never defeat an enemy you are not aware of! The Bible makes it clear that a battle line has been drawn between 2 kingdoms or 2 realms of authority: one being the kingdom of God, which is the kingdom of light and righteousness, the other being the kingdom of the devil, which is the kingdom of darkness and wickedness.
The human race is the subject of this great conflict, with each power seeking to possess the control over the human race. The battle is more spiritual than physical but its impact is felt on every activity of the human race and personal issues in our lives.
Ephesians 6:10-12 (KJV), “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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.”
*Quick note: 10 cures to Anxiety:
1. Permit the peace of God to garrison or keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus (Phi 4:7)
2. Renounce all worry by prayer & supplications with thanksgiving make all your requests known to
God (Phil 4:6, 7).
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Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
1. Think on right things (Phil 4:8)
2. Keep your mind stayed on God (IS 26:3)
3. Use weapons of spiritual warfare (2 Cor 4:6)
4. Put on the whole armor of God ( Eph 6:10-18)
5. Have faith in God (MT 6:25-34, 7:7-11, 17:20, MK 11:22-24)
6. Live & walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16-26, Rom 6:14-23)
7. Do not cast away confidence (Heb 3:6, 12-14; 6:11-12; 10:19-23)
8. Cast all your care upon God ( 1 Peter 5:7)
Now concerning “spiritual warfare,” there are 7 principles you MUST know:
1. There is an enemy
2. The enemy is spiritual
3. The enemy operates from the spiritual realm
4. The first deception of the enemy is to make you think there is no enemy
5. The warfare we find ourselves involved in is dangerously aggressive
6. This warfare is a very determined, very experienced & well organized enemy
7. You are a target of this well organized enemy
As a believer, you belong to the winning side of this conflict and war. But you must know how to legally engage! The exciting news is that our Lord Jesus Christ overcame the enemy and has given us the ability and right to overcome him as well.
Colossians 2:14-15 (NIV) says, “having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15) And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
Both the kingdom of God and that of Satan’s operate in hierarchical order. There are grades or levels of authority.
The is a hierarchy that is mentioned in Colossians 1:16,17 (KJV), “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,
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or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
This is different from the Satanic hierarchy in Ephesians 6:12 (KJV), “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.”
Notice: “Rulers of darkness of this age and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places” is NOT mentioned in the Colossians account. God has angelic thrones with accompanying delegated authority in various capacities, according to their assigned duties. Satan has sought to duplicate this divine order with a rival set-up to carry out his evil plans. God has “Chief angels” appointed to oversee nations. For example, Michael the archangel is a Chief Prince (Daniel 10:13 & 21).
It’s imperative to understand the principles that govern binding and loosing. Matthew 16:19 (KJV) says, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Whatever you bind or loose on earth, the angels of God are mandated to enforce your command in the heavens. Psalm 103:20 (KJV) says, “Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”
Do you realize that angels do God’s Word and heed the voice of His Word? The “voice of His Word” refers to taking God’s Word and vocalizing it.
The keys to the kingdom related to binding and loosing are the knowledge of all the “devices” of the devil. You cannot gain access to a room without a key, so you cannot be able to bind and loose without knowledge. Ignorance in any area of your life gives the enemy the advantage.
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This is the 6th email in this teaching series on prayer. Let’s gain insight about the structures and set up of
Satan’s kingdom (Ephesians 6:12):
The greek “Archias”, these are princes of the underworld who manipulate certain sections of the universe. Principalities are ruling assigned over nations and cities. They exert their influence over heads of nations, Kings. They seek to control the political lives of these nations, using human heads as their main instrument of operation.
Their function is to:
1. Detail and direct plans for countries and cities.
2. Influence men and women in government and positions of decision making in Nations (2 Timothy 2:2,
3. Directly carry out the evil purposes of Satan.
This is the 2nd level of authority in Satan’s kingdom. They exert their authority over the decision making bodies of a nation, influencing the structures of all the governing authorities and promoting wickedness and injustice by controlling those in places of authority in the land. Powers can also influence the thoughts and feelings of human beings.
They can influence people to “kill, steal, and indulge in all manner of destructive deeds.” They can influence Christians to slander, gossip, bear grudges, backbite, etc. It causes people to have a lackadaisical, careless or lazy attitude towards the work of God and more. Powers make believers believe a lie and get into a state of offense.
They have the ability to:
1. Influence the thoughts and feelings of human beings.
2. Influence Christians for destructive behavior.
3. Influence & operate through the media (airwaves).
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RULERS OF DARKNESS:
The Greek, “Kosmokratoras,” means World Rulers. These powers are mandated by the devil to promote false religions and the occult practices, thereby enslaving the souls of men in deception. The main aim of these rulers of darkness is to control. They operate by deception and place in their minds false teachings, false visions, dreams, etc.
SPIRITUAL HOSTS OF WICKEDNESS:
After powers, come the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly realms. They promote lawlessness and wickedness in the land to ensnare souls of men in all manner of abominable sins. The key to their operations resides in the word “wickedness.”
Spiritual wickedness is responsible for such things as accidents, premature death, suicides, delayed blessings, unseen obstacles, hindrances to progress and advancements, and so on…
1. Very injurious and destructive in nature.
2. May appear as angels of light and by their deception draw many away.
3. Sometimes try to influence and interfere with messages from the pulpit. They cause Christians to
“sleep” and be distracted.
4. They convince the unsaved that all is well.
Great athletes study their opponents to win championships. If you are in a fight, the fact that you are in a fight means something great is about to come forth in your life. When purpose begins to manifest in your life, the enemy gets intimidated because you are now a “threat.”
Spiritual assassins don’t look for unimportant people, they shoot the President, not the bodyguard. In sports, you tackle the guy with the football, not the one on the bench.
1 Peter 4:12-13 (KJV) says, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” However, without
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understanding the dynamics of Christian warfare, your fight will be futile, you will engage in an “illegal battle” ignorantly or bring on an unnecessary battle.
There is a code of conduct “Jus in bello”, that is acceptable warfare, a part of “The Laws of War” or “Jus ad bellum.”
Satan is not God’s adversary, he is yours. Ephesians 1:19-22 (NIV), “that you may know…19) and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20) which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21) far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22) And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,”
The war of ages was fought and won over 2000 yrs ago, therefore, we must acknowledge and appropriate the bounty (or blessing) to His victory. We are not fighting to beat the devil. The “good fight of faith is to believe, receive, and appropriate Calvary’s spoils.” Therefore, let’s examine educate ourselves on the patterns & principles to the enemies of NEH & Gods people
I will continue teaching you on the strongman and depending on The Holy Spirit in the next email! Praying with you,
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In my last email, we went over the structures and set up of Satan’s kingdom (Ephesians 6:12). In this 7th and
final email on this teaching series on prayer, I am sharing some scripture on the Holy Spirit and the strongman.
DEPEND ON THE HOLY SPIRIT’S HELP IN PRAYER
The Holy Spirit entered you when you gave your life to Jesus Christ and decided to live for God. We have to seek guidance, ask the Holy Spirit to lead us, to help us do the things God wants us to do, and to discern both the Word and in prayer.
Romans 8:26 (KJV) says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Jesus promised in John 14 that the Holy Spirit will comfort us and bring us peace. The Holy Spirit will help and guide us in ministering, and guiding us in our lives, especially in prayer.
IDENTIFY THE STRONGMAN:
The strong man is one who controls a stronghold, a place or territory under his influence. This territory is heavily fortified. Hebrews 11:3 (KJV), “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” The scripture says “worlds.” There is a physical world and a spiritual world, and we need to understand the things that are seen are a manifestation of the things that cannot be seen.
There is a way to locate things that are not seen. It is through the laws of faith. Faith is absolute dependence and reliance on the Word of God. The strongman is a satanic personality in charge or responsible for a stronghold. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”
A strongman is a fortified entity that Satan builds to exalt himself against the knowledge and plans of God. Satan always tries to operate under the cover of darkness and the only thing that exposes him is the light (illumination) of God’s Word. As long as Satan’s strongholds remain concealed, the strongman is safe. As soon as the strongman is identified, half of the victory is established. A strongman may have other evil spirits operating under his domain or authority, but the strongman is the ruling spirit.
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An example may be “bitterness,” a strongman or ruling spirit. But under its domain or authority is resentment, unforgiveness, hatred, anger, wrath or rage, murder, etc.
You must bind the strongman!
We all have the ability to extend our prayer life as far as we desire. God wants you to have the faith and security that He will guide you and He will get you through any circumstance. Whether you are needing help, healing, breakthrough, discernment, it is all found in your prayer life. This is a lifelong journey, but you have to begin somewhere, and if you feel the desire to go deeper in prayer, start now. God is here for you! Trust in Him, His Word reveals with the Spirit of God, and in all things get understanding.
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I love you and I am praying for you!
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