Prayer – the invincible weapon

Ray Holdcroft
1. Prayer the invincible weapon:
After sitting, meditating in prayer, of churches that have come into revival after Experiencing tremendous persecution have been liberated. When you are thinking about the world and its problems and how they might affect you, take heart, remember you have an invincible weapon in your hands. When satan attacks you, remember you have an invincible weapon in your hands. When the world would seem against you, remember you have an invincible weapon in your hands. When your circumstances are against you, remember you have an invincible weapon in your hands. However having said that, it isn’t only when we pray but how. So, to be invincible in prayer, how should we pray?
First of all let us take a look at some of the prayer giants in the scriptures and take some lessons from their example and see something of not only their method but their attitude.
1). Attitudes to prayer:
(a).David prayed with humility: Ps:39:23; “Search me God and know my heart; Try me and know my thoughts; try me and know my anxieties; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” The heart needs to be wide open and honest with God and honest with oneself. (b). Daniel prayed with integrity: Dan.6:4,10; “Then the presidents and princes sought occasion against Daniel concerning his wisdom; but they could find no occasion nor fault; for as much as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault in him.” . . . . (c). Disciples prayed with unity: Ac.2: “When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place… and…” v46, So continuing daily with one accord in the temple and, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47. Praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Also Ac. 4:24; “So when they heard (that their companions were freed) they raised they raised their voice to God with one accord… 31. When they had prayed, the place where they were assemble together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word with boldness.” Mtt. 6:19; Lord’s prayer. Also Ps.133: “How good and how pleasant it is..” . . . . . . . . . . . . (d).Abraham prayed with intensity: we turn to Gen. 18: to read the account of Abraham’s intercession for his family held captive in Sodom. He would not let go of God until he had prayed through for those he prayed for. He continued asking, asking until he had the assurance God had heard his prayer. A prayer that was decidedly in the will of God. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (e). Elijah prayed with fervency: His encounter with God on Carmel when he brought fire down from heaven and consumed his sacrifice on the Alter. Also when he prayed for rain after the tremendous drought. James says of him, illustrating how he prayed and how we also should pray 5.16; “… the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed more earnestly that it would not rain and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18. And he prayed again, and the heav en gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” The word effectual here is for energio – One of the words used for power. The word for fervent is the adj- ektenos – meaning strained, stretch, intent, Strenuous, insistent, and loud etc
2. Prayer Strategy. Prayer is knowing the mind of God – praying in His will: How can we know His will? A number of things come to mind that are undoubtedly in the will of God and teach us to pray effectively:
2. (a). Prayer with the Spirit. Or in the Spirit: sometimes with groaning. Rm.8:26; “Likewise the Spirit also helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the SpiritHimself makes intercession for us, with groaning that cannot be uttered. (b). Pray according to God’s will and word – for the prophetic: Bible prophecy and inspirational prophecy: E.G. Dan 9: 2; – 70 years captivity; the Second Advent. E.g. People prayed for His first advent – Simeon Luke 2: 25-32; Also Anna the prophetess who waited on the Lord with fasting and prayers, waiting for Christ’s arrival. We are told to pray for Israel. 2Cor.11:16; Rm. 11:25 – 27; Inspirational: prophecy in the church and individual lives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(c). Pray according to the promises of God: (“Ask and you will receive.”) We are told there are 7,959 promises in the word of God: But no matter how many promises God has made they are “yes” in Christ – And so through Him the amen is spoken by us to the glory of God 2Cor.1:20; (d). Pray in faith believing: Mk 11:22; ‘Jesus said:’ “Have faith in God.”Mk 11:24; “Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” -this prayer is conditional: “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven will forgive you.” Jms. 5: The prayer of faith will save the sick. (e). Praying in the name of Jesus: Jn.14:13,14: “And whatsoever you as in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son 14. If you as anything in my name, I will do it.” This kind of praying is invincible – supernatural. An invincible weapon that Touches the heart of an Invincible God: God is invincible because He is Immutable:
What is invincibility? Definition: Too powerful to be defeated or overcome, is synonymous with: Invulnerable, indestructible, unyielding, unflinching, unconquerable, unbeatable, indomitable, Dauntless, Impregnable, inviolable (never to be broken) secure and safe.
Writing about the ‘Invincibility of Christ’ Massy Heltzel quoted an anonymous writer who poignantly stated about Jesus something very profound: “I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that were ever built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of mankind on this earth as powerfully as that one solitary life.”
Jesus challenges the status quo: that tries to hinder God’s grace. Jesus did not conclude His statements as did some of the prophets by saying, ”thus says the Lord.” Prophets in the OT. were chosen by God and spoke with His authority and concluded by saying, “Thus says the Lord,” because their message and authority was given by God. Jesus spoke with authority because He is God. Often in scripture we see Him saying, “I say unto you..” See also Isa 61:1; with Lk. 4:18; God is invincible because He is Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Infinitude, Oneness, All love. “Whose Love is as great as His power, and neither knows measure nor end”. Immutable God: What is Immutable? His quality of not changing – an attribute where God is unchanging in His character, will and covenant promises. Westminster catechism: “God is Spirit, Whose wisdom power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth are infinite, eternal and unchangeable. These things do not change. A number of scriptures attest to this idea: Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; Ps.102:26; Mal. 3:6; 2Tim.2:13; Heb. 6:17-18; Jm. 1:17;
God’s immutability defines all His other attributes: He is immutably wise, He cannot be but merciful and gracious. The same may be said about His knowledge; He knows all things. He is immutable so He will
3. always be the same – “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.” Rev. 1:8; I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end… Who is and was and Who is to come, the Almighty”   Infiniteness and immutability in God are mutually supportive and imply each other.   An infinite and changing god is inconceivable; indeed it is a contradiction in definition. Num.23:19 “God is not a man that He should lie, not a son of man that He should repent .“ Ps. 102:25-27; “Of old you laid the foundations of the earth. And the heavens are the work of your hands. 26. They will perish, but You will endure; yes, they will grow old like a garment…you will change them and they will be changed. 27. But you are the same, and your years will have no end” Mal. 3.6; “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” Unchanging regarding His promises: 2Tim.2:13; If we are faithless He remains faithful.” Jer. 29:13; “And you will seek me and will find me when you search for me with all your hearts.” Heb. 6:17 – 19; “Thus determining to show more abundantly the heirs of promise, the immutability of His council, confirmed it by an oath, 18. That by two immutable things, which is impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the presence behind the veil.”
The invincible weapon – prayer, touches the heart of an Invincible God who continues to build His: Invincible Church.
3. Thirdly the Church of Christ is invincible: what does the name ‘Church’ mean ? The word church arises out of two Greek word – Ek and kallio Ek meaning “out of” and kalio meaning called ones. From which we derive the medieval Latin word Ecclesia translated Church. Ecclesia is also found in the Greek New Testament. In short Church means or refers to the called out ones: In secular terms it can mean: council or a select group of individual. But in context with “The People of God” it refers to those Called out by God to fulfil His divine will and purpose in the world.
The birth of the NT church proper, is recognised to have been on the day of Pentecost. There has always been the church, but known as the people of God from OT times. The Bible is full of reference to “The People of God.” The word Church was first used in the New Testament by Jesus In Mtt. 16:18; “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church (Grk New Testament – ecclesia) and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
This text we see (1). The Builder – Jesus Christ (“Except the Lord build the House, he labours in vain who builds it..” Ps 127: 1;) (2). The Building – “…upon this rock I will build My Church”. A sure foundation. The builder being the head of the corner. (3) The battle: “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” This Church is not bricks and mortar. Bricks and mortar has no bearing on the Church of Jesus Christ. Buildings are just a convenience. “House of God” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word Oikos = House and refers to ‘Family’ or Household. Almost identical is the word Mansion/s in John 14: The word mansion is the use of the Greek word Monay = staying, abiding, dwelling. But it is also translated oikos referring to families. (note: the word manse is derived from mansion) “In My Father’s house are many mansions..I go to prepare a place for you that where I am you may be also.” Some translations give “In My Father’s house are many rooms I go to prepare a place for you” It gives some people the impression that Jesus is going to begin a huge building programme; Like a divine McAlpines, building a mass of gold mansions It make more sense to say: “in My Father’s family are many families.” The word ‘tabernacle /tent’ is used for the same purpose. Rev. 21;3; “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them and be their God.” We read in 1 Cor. 3:9; “For we are God’s fellow workers, you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”
4. Church is: (a) The Church is built up of living stones: 1Pt 2:5; who have come to the living Stone, elect and precious who is the Living Stone 1 Pt 2:4; a building of ‘living stones, building up a spiritual house and Christ the head of the corner. (b) The Church of Jesus Christ is Imperishable: In Heaven we see the Church in Heaven – The New Jerusalem has twelve foundation stones with name of the Apostle of the Lamb. Each stone is unique in that they are all different stones, and precious: The stones represent purity and lasting. (c) The Church is eternal: who’s ‘Eternal God is its refuge and underneath are the ‘everlasting arms.’ (d) The Church is supernatural: It has divine supernatural life and power and is equipped the supernatural , divine life and cannot die. It is endued with supernatural energy because it has the resurrected Christ in her midst. Hell cannot prevail because Jesus has conquered death and hell. In fact He holds the keys of death and hell Rev 1:18; “I Am He who lives, and was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of death and of hell…”
‘The gates of hell can never against that church prevail, we have Christ’s own promise and that cannot fail. Put on the Christian armour and watching unto prayer, where duty call or danger, be never wanting there.
The Church of Christ is unconquerable. The Romans tried but failed. Communism tried but failed
The secular world is trying but is failing.
We are told by the media – latest report that “China is on course to become the most Christian nation in 15 yrs time. The number of Christians will have more Church goers than America. This is continuing to happen in spite of ongoing persecution. Christian congregations are skyrocketing,” (Premier Christian News and The Telegraph). Anti Christian cults, religions, and governments can try to stop us preaching and witnessing in public places. They can try to stamp out ‘the Church’ and Christianity. But never will succeed because the Church has an Invincible weapon Prayer, That touches the heart of and Invincible God, Who continues to build His Invincible Church. Amen

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