Every Christian has a spiritual battle that could be won if only we do the right thing. Battles are won when we are determined to win. In this article the Lord has enabled me to write about the important of prayer by the saints of God in the early hours when the rest are asleep. When we are surrounded by darkness of any kind shape or form, that is the time we need to be on our knees in prayer. Dark times are not the times to complain and be resentful. The battle belongs to the Lord and the victory belongs to us. Hallelujah!
Very often in the scriptures, we notice that after a powerful work of the Holy Spirit, there is this anger of the enemy towards the servants of God that needs to be dealt with. There is a warfare that we must be prepared to face. Some call it a letdown or an emptiness or fatigue. During this time, prayer is the only weapon that will prepare for this letdown and protect us. This is a very important lesson for the people who do the work of the Lord.
Look at the life of Elijah. God used him mightily in those days. The people saw signs and wonders from heaven. After bringing the fire down from heaven to consume his sacrifice, and a heavy rain after three years, Elijah was sitting under a juniper tree, contemplating suicide until God took him up to a cave in Mount Horeb. 1 Kings 19:4 says, “But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my father!”
Dear saints of God, this is not the time to give up. I have seen in my own life things happening after a great ministry event, people coming against me in words and deeds and our own children going through situations after the ministry. I am not saying that we should expect such things to happen. My point is, we need to be watchful in prayer and bind the works of the enemy.
Look at the life of Samson. After a great battle with the Philistines and killing a thousand of their army, Samson became so thirsty that he thought he was going to die until God opened a spring by which he conquered the enemy. In Judges 15:18 Samson says, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant; and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?”
The enemy brought such weariness in the life of Samson. God enable him to kill thousands of people with a simple tool, the jawbone of a donkey. But soon after that the enemy brings this great depression into his life. Beware, dear saints of God. The enemy is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
Jesus was a man of prayer. Mathew chapter 14 depicts His prayer life better than any other chapter in the Bible. Jesus often went to a place to be alone in prayer. After a healing meeting and the miracle of feeding thousands of people with 5 loaves and 2 fish, Jesus was given the bad news about the death of His forerunner, John. We read in the scriptures that He was alone in prayer during the “third and the fourth watch”.
When He heard the bad news of John’s brutal death, he slipped out of the crowd to be alone with the Father and when He came out of His prayer closet, He healed a “Great Multitude” of the sick (Matthew (14:12-14). After the miracle feeding of the multitudes, He was again alone in prayer (Mathew 14:23). The enemy came to the disciples when they were all by themselves in the boat when it looked like the boat was about to capsize. Jesus knew beforehand what was about to happen. He came walking on the water and as soon He stepped into the boat, the storm ceased.
We learn a very valuable lesson here from the life of Jesus. Jesus said, “Follow me”. Jesus is our example. Jesus’ prayer habits are our model to follow. We need to seek the face of God, before, during and after any project or endeavor that God has asked us to do.
Advantages of prayer before, during and after:
Prayer before we begin gives us the “guidance from God”. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” When we pray, we tell the Lord that it is totally His guidance and will that we are seeking and not our own. Prayer is our proof of surrender to God’s direction.
Prayer during the operation gives us the “protection and wisdom” to carry out the task. More than anything, the presence of the Lord surrounds the people who are prayerful. Therefore prayer during the operation is very significant because the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23). God works through us. Prayer is the connection to God’s ability to accomplish the task.
Prayer after completion gives us the “security” for the accomplished work. After the task is completed, we need to bind and rebuke every wicked spirit that is in operation. When we do that, we put to naught all the plans of the enemy. We literally take the victory in Jesus’ name. We need to cleanse ourselves with the blood of Jesus and have his presence surround us. That is how we keep ourselves from the wiles of the enemy.
May the Lord give us the grace to win every battle in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.