The Invincibility of Prayer :
1. Prayer the invincible weapon:
What is prayer? Def: A solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God, an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an objective to worship, typically a deity, through deliberate communication: Can take a variety of forms; be part of a set liturgy or ritual: Can be performed alone, or in groups. Prayer may take varied forms: of a hymn, a spontaneous utterance in other tongues, diverse acts of worship, intersession.
Prayer postures: In the Biblical accounts of prayer, a number of postures are described. Abraham fell upon his face before God. (See Genesis 17:3, 17.) Moses prayed with his hands outstretched. (See Exodus 9:27–29.) Jesus prayed looking up into heaven. (See Mark 6:41, John 11:41, and 17:1.) The disciples were sitting (day of Pentecost (Ac 2). Kneeling in prayer: Ps.95:6; Luke 22:41; 2 Chronicles 6:13; Acts 20:36
Intercessory prayer: Intercessory prayer is the act of praying on behalf of others. The role of mediator in prayer was prevalent in the Old Testament, in the cases of Abraham, Moses, David, Samuel, Hezekiah, Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. If others are on your heart and mind God promises us power through faith. This kind of prayer can be beyond just words: So the Holy Spirit prays through us in unutterable groaning. It can be a break-through prayer.
1. Prayer Attitude: Look at some of the prayer giants of the Bible – learn from their example,
i).David prayed with humility: read Ps.39:23; The heart needs to be wide open and honest with God and honest with oneself.
ii). Daniel prayed with integrity: read Dan.6:4,10; iii).
iii). 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.
iv). 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 prayed for rain after the tremendous drought. James read Jm.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 heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” The word effectual is (en-erg-eh-o [to be at work and to put forth power. The word for fervent is the adj – ektenos = to be stretched – to be stretched out – (stretching out the hand)
v). Disciples prayed with unity: see Ac.2: Ac. 4:24-31; Mtt. 6:19; (Lord’s prayer). Also Ps.133: Mtt.18:19;
Prayer Strategy: i). Prayer in accordance with the Holy Spirit/in the Spirit: sometimes with unutterable inner groaning(s). read Rm.8:26;.
ii). Pray in according to God’s will and word (a) Bible prophecy see Dan.9:2; – seventy years captivity. People prayed for Christ’s first advent, see Luke 2: 25-32; Christ’s Second Advent. The first part of that prophecy was fulfilled. The second part is yet to be fulfilled, see Isa.9:6,7;. (b). Inspirational prophecy in the church through Spiritual Gift.
iii). Pray in accordance with God’s word: For the peace of Jerusalem:’ see Ps.122:6; Rm. 11:25 – 27; In accordance with the promises of God. We are told there are 7,959 of them in the word of God: see 2Cor.1:20;. Rev6:9-11; iv). Pray in faith believing: see Mk 11:22; ‘Jesus said:’ “Have faith in God.” see Mk. 11:24; Jms. 5:
v). Praying in the name of Jesus: see Jn.14:13,14: Future studies on prayer – ‘The Christian’s warfare.’
2. Invincibility of God: ‘Invincible prayer reaches the heart of an invincible God.’
God is invincible because He is Immutable:
What is invincibility? Def: 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 (1915-1980) (late pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, Richmond USA) 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.”
God is invincible so Christ Jesus is invincible, because He is God. In His earthly life He challenged the status quo. Men tried to hinder and undermine His authority.
It’s worthy of note Jesus did not conclude His statements as did the prophets (God’s chosen servants) by saying, “thus says the Lord:” He 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 ‘all knowing, (Omniscient), ‘all powerful (Omnipotent), and always present (Omnipresent).
Infinitude, Oneness, All love and, unchanging – ‘immutable.’
Immutability is God’s quality of being – His attribute of not changing in His character, will and covenant promises see Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; Ps.102:26; Mal.3:6; 2Tim.2:13; Heb.6:17-18; Jm.1:17;. 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 always be the same. see Heb.13:8; Rev. 1:8; His Infiniteness and immutability of God are mutually supportive and imply each other. Num.23:19 Ps. 102:25-27; 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;
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: “Invincible prayer reaches the invincible God, Who continues to build His invincible Church:”
what does the name ‘Church’ mean? (ref. Mikes notes on ekklesia).
The word church arises out of two Greek word – and kalio meaning “out of” and kalio, meaning called out ones. From which we derive the medieval Latin word Ecclesia (ecclesiastical) translated Church. Ecclesia is also found in the Greek New Testament but in the form of the Greek double kappa (kk). In short Church means or refers to the called out ones: In secular terms it can means: council or a select group of individuals. But in context with “The People of God” it refers to those called out by God to fulfill His divine will and purpose in the world. (See Mike’s notes on ‘the Church’)
The birth of the NT church proper, is recognized 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 – 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 labourse 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 – Christ. (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. Brick buildings are just a convenience.
“House of God” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word oikos = House: also refers to ‘Family’ or ‘Household’. Almost identical is the word Mansion/s in Jn 14: The word mansion is the use of the Greek word Monay = staying, abiding, dwelling. The word ‘tabernacle/tent’ is used for the same purpose. Rev. 21;3; We read in 1Cor.3:9; “For we are God’s fellow workers, you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” (i) 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.
(ii) The Church of Jesus Christ is Imperishable: In Heaven we see the Church – The New Jerusalem which has twelve foundation stones with names of the Apostles of the Lamb. Each stone is unique in that they are all different stones, and of precious, represent purity and durability.
(iii) The Church is eternal: who’s ‘Eternal God is its refugeand underneath are the ‘everlasting arms.’ (Deut.33:27; (iv) The Church is supernatural: It has divine supernatural life and is equipped the supernatural energy and power. and cannot die. The Church has the resurrected Christ in her midst. Hell cannot prevail against the Church because Jesus has conquered death and hell. In fact He holds the keys of death and hell Rev 1:18;
‘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. Secular humanism is failing.
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. Mtt.16:18; Amen