The prayer that will prevail for America

by | Nov 24, 2017 | Christianity Today | 7 comments

 

The Bible shows us that supernatural evil can establish itself in a culture and open a floodgate of misery.  How these spirits can be confronted and driven back should be the study of every child of God.

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ inflicted the greatest wound evil has ever known.  Today, we need evil to take another massive hit in America.  To do this we must realize that we are in a war, an invisible war.

The idea of an invisible war raging all around them paralyzes most Christians. Their daily life overwhelms them.  They are losing their health and their mind because of supernatural stress.  Yet, for all of this, they refuse to open their eyes to the war that is costing them dearly. But see it they must, or they will live out the rest of their days discouraged, helpless and exhausted.

Yes, it is chilling to realize that something supernatural hates you and those you love.  It is even more frightening to discover how much the destruction being caused by principalities and powers are doing to our nation.

The Bible has methods for dealing with Satan’s agenda.  God yearns to reveal Himself as a mighty warrior on behalf of those who will take the time to become armed and dangerous.  But instead of heeding the cry of the Holy Spirit most believers are content to live in dread, defeat, and confusion.

The evil one of course, loves it this way.  He wants you to live on the defensive.  He wants you reacting instead of acting.  He wants you to feel that darkness is inevitable and that the works of vile men cannot be reversed.  In fact, the wicked one wants you to believe that the overpowering demands of your everyday life are so great that you cannot even consider being a warrior in the larger battle for the soul of a nation.  How better to dismantle America than to prevent the army of God from ever entering the theater of battle?

Let me speak plainly.  Have you had enough?  Are you ready to reopen the Bible and apply its message of supernatural victory to your life?

He is Risen

You road map to victory begins by asking the right question.

1. What is God’s will for me as a warrior?  We must answer the bigger questions but this one comes first.  The Bible tells you that your FATHER wants you strong, securing the thoughts and emotions in your mind to force them to submit to truth.  Confess that your father wants to make you mighty through training for and living in a culture of victory forged by habitual breakthroughs in battle.

Ephesians 6:10-13 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

You must settle the question of your victory in this war.  Yes, you must fight but you are designed for triumph in battle.  Admit that the evil one has had the upper hand because of your ignorance of the Word of God and the heart of God, and that you are done with this ignorance once and for all.

That you may not yet know how to fight does not matter at this point.  You may not yet have your emotions under control.  What you need now is to know beyond knowing that God your Father has assured you inward and outward victory.

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2. Now you must take your stand.  “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  – Ephesians 6: 14-17

This is your personal declaration of war.  Some balk at this because the idea that they are challenging Satan awakens fear.  “If I announce my opposition to Satan I open myself up to attack.”  This is a huge misnomer.  You are already under attack.  The only difference now is that you are fighting back.

It is a disastrous myth to think that if you leave Satan alone that he will leave you alone.  As I have said before, that is like believing that the bull will not charge because you are a vegetarian.

Since you are going to be attacked anyway, you must learn how to return fire.  Nothing matches prayer for retaliation against Satan.

3.  Now we must begin praying prayers that get through and prevail. The truth that God has limited some of His activity to our prayers is a great mystery.  However, we do not have the luxury of waiting until we unravel this mystery before we avail ourselves of the great privilege of prevailing prayer.

When Jesus taught us that we need to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” the clear message is that God waits for us to enforce the victory He won on the Cross.   Simply put, heaven comes to earth in pieces, in segments as the product of fervent prayer.   We are commissioned, empowered and trained to take high value ground that was once the unchallenged property of Satan.

It is urgent that you see why that after Paul told us to be strong and to put on all of the armor in Ephesians 6, he concludes his admonition with verse18: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

Prayer and prevailing prayer can look the same but they are completely different.  You may have been praying and then settling for something that is not the will of God.  The angel told Daniel, Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.” -Daniel 10:12, 13.

Whatever it takes: The modern spoon-fed believer cannot imagine warring 21 minutes let alone 21 days.  Yet, it is this tenacity in intercession that changes the world.  You pray fervently, utterly and without regard to time or personal sacrifice because your marriage, your children, grandchildren and the miracles that yearn to come are worth it!

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Consider that Daniel did not have the great intercessor Jesus at the right hand of God.  The victory of Calvary was still a future event and its eternal benefits were not yet in place.  How much more then should we feel bolder in prayer than Daniel!

First you counterpunch the attacks in your soul.  Then you take on the attacks on your loved ones.  You enlarge your retaliation to envelope health, finances, taxes, enemies, and your entire daily grind.

With each victory comes a deeper resolve.  You exhale knowing you are finally on the offensive driving back devils that you once tolerated for reasons you cannot even remember.  The days of dread are in your rear view mirror.

Yes, you will be attacked again but now instead of dread you welcome the opportunity to exercise your new found boldness in prayer and to see the new kinds of intervention that the Holy Spirit will unfold.

4. Now you have earned the right to call America back to God through prayer!  You can ask questions you never asked before. Arthur Matthews said, “Questions again flood our minds.  How do these spirit powers exert their influence in society?  Where do they get in?  Is there a distinctive modus operandi that would help us identify them?  What can or what should we be doing to control and prevent their intrusion?”

Here is a historical fact that should deeply sober every American Christian: Israel lost the knowledge of God in one generation.  Judges 2:10,11 says, “When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals.”

Satan has saved his very best lie for God’s remnant. Remember that Jesus said “to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”  Satan is plying a special lie on the elect of God!  Satan is even imitating the voice of the Holy Spirit to tell this lie!  He is doing this because this remnant is the final firewall stopping his agenda for America.

In a nutshell, here is the deceiving message from the devil to the righteous core:  “The best days of the Church are behind you.  God must judge America to allow the return of Christ. God cannot do it again because He does not want to. The bottom line of this lie is the times are too hard, the task is too great and we are too small.”

I have heard from sources I trust, that a deep state within our government has dreadful plans to overrule the Constitution, and come after our freedoms.  What do we do with this information?  The saints in Damascus heard Saul of Tarsus was coming with authority from the government to arrest and execute Christians.

Those believers could have cited end time prophecy to justify running and hiding but instead they took their stand.  They set themselves to fervent prayer and unleashed heaven on the situation.  A light blasts Saul off of his horse ending the threat.  As a bonus to this victory, the Church gets a new Apostle named Paul.

In this hour, our revival prayer must be mingled with two seemingly opposing attitudes:  An utter desperation that admits that God must do it again, and a violent confidence that God will do it

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7 Comments

  1. free73735

    Reblogged this on free73735 and commented:
    This article speaks very well for itself…

  2. roger canary

    Right on Brother mario, God is really calling our church to become even more powerful in prayer. We are learning how to turn back the emps of hell in the name of Jesus!

  3. Andrea B Froehle

    This is excellent and timely!!!

  4. Another View..

    The Word Movement and teaching emphasis on the Authority of the Believer was to PREPARE the earth for the evil times that we live in. The 70s was the Charismatic renewal to get us filled with the HG and power. Then the Word of Faith to get us to actually believe and act on it! We have been in training for such a time as now. Many have dropped out. Many have not utilized the knowledge against evil, instead we’ve self agrandized. I’m guilty, your guilty. “Create in me, Oh God, a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me”.

    • Ted Laurent

      I wholeheartedly agree brother Mario. I would like to add another very important aspect of fervent prayer. It involves repentance.

      The prophet’s cried out confessing the sin of their land. Our complacency, lethargy, ans apathy needs to be added to our personal confessions as well. Mario, you were right to point out the angelic realm mentioned in Daniel and how he was sent to Daniel the moment he set his heart to understand and then the key – “to humble himself” before God.
      That’s why it’s the 1st thing mentioned in 2Chron 7:14. Humbling ourselves makes us teachable, allowing the Holy Spirit free reign to direct us.
      We are designed for battle and to yield His sword, but without repentance we will lack the skill and confidence to engage the enemy.

      The lack of teaching on the deeper understanding of repentance and humility has left the church in disarray. This battle is no longer invisible as we can see where the enemy is striking, what he is striking with and the devastation behind him.

  5. Steven James

    Concerning our present threat North Korea September 2017 be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

    North Korean leader Kim, is a youngster. A young Man power hungry with a demon on his shoulder taunting him into war. Demonic Powers Cloud his common sense. butt think about this, instead of hating one of God’s creation. Even those demonic note, powers know that they are no match for the Living God and Holy Spirit. The fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Instead of looking at North Korea as a threat look at it as a challenge, an opportunity if you will to show that “Jesus is King”

    The fact is he would utterly destroy himself and his country. And that is exactly what would happen, they would be utterly destroyed and the country of North Korea would cease to exist. Not to mention other nations and peoples. Millions and millions of people would die. We must pray for his salvation. if you think it cannot happen, you have no business reading this. Besides we have nothing to lose.

    We must have people of the faith of God. Therefore we’re not using our faith but his faith standing in the gap for the this young man. And make no mistake about it, our creator and Lord Jesus Christ almighty loves him as much as he loves every one of you. May the grace of God touch his heart and mind and bring him into a place of stability. Remember we are not fighting the president of North Korea we’re fighting the evil forces directing him.

    This is Steven James
    Founder and President
    http://www.outofedenusa.com
    Good Day

  6. JS BOEGL

    Our nation is greatly in need of persistent, faith-filled, God-exalting prayer. As we pray for our government, the political system & the American culture at large I’ve compiled a list of 6 “suggestions” to help guide & focus our intercession.

    1. Pray for wisdom, justice, blessing and stable support for our President, for governors, Congress, Supreme Court justices and other political officials.

    2. Pray that each of the above, and their families, will surrender her/his life & takes up their cross to follow Jesus.

    3. Pray that where politics is concerned, we evangelicals will operate w fidelity toward Jesus & the Sermon on the Mount, and not surrender our cross for carnal, political partisanship.

    4. Pray that our nation would exalt righteousness in cultural, political, legislative, military, law-enforcement & social spheres – and that Jesus Christ would be honored & enthroned in each of these spheres.

    5. Pray for our ideological enemies; not only that righteousness would experience political victories, but that opponents of righteousness would also surrender their lives to Jesus & His prevailing ways.

    6. Pray that the lost in our nation will see & hear the good news of Jesus Christ in a compelling way that transcends the current fear, malice & political acrimony of the hour.

    Blessings friends.

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