When we pray, we are breaking through resistance from the powers of darkness and taking hold of God’s willingness to do His plan in the earth. That prayer causes His power to be released on our behalf.
God’s power is in the spiritual world. We can’t always see it and sometimes we can’t feel it, but it is there nonetheless. In many cities and nations, it has been withheld for years; not because of God’s reluctance to act, but rather, because God’s people have lacked the spiritual understanding necessary to break through and use His power to see their prayers answered.
Everything we need is already paid for and created by the work of the cross. Now we must take hold of it through the heart of faith and the voice of prayer and make God’s power available in the earth. You have an active part in the Kingdom of God coming to earth as it is in heaven. Who is going to do this praying? Every believer is called to prayer. It is a gift that Jesus has given us.
God loves to hear His people pray. He always answers the call of the righteous. There’s sadness in His heart when there is prayerlessness in the earth. God is waiting for you to rise up and pray. He is longing for you to break through your flesh and the resistance over your prayer life. He is waiting to teach you and help you.
If you are a believer, you are called to prayer – bold, fervent, regular prayer! James 5:1 says the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. The Amplified Bible translates this, “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” What a great promise! God’s power is available for us today! It is not locked up in some inaccessible place far from our reach or possibility to obtain. There is a way for us to experience that power and make it available to our generation. That way is through prayer – through effective, fervent prayer. This type of prayer is a generator for the power of God that will change individual lives, cities, and nations.
What is prayer, really? In its simplest definition, prayer is fellowship with God. It is the ability to work with and understand the spiritual world. Prayer is your communion with God, where you talk with God and God talks with you. It is where you see what is the spiritual state of people and the situations. It’s powerful, it works, and it is necessary for your Christian life. Prayer is not just a Bible subject that we study: Prayer is a lifestyle.
I heard someone say once that prayer is to your spiritual life what breathing is to your natural life. If you stop breathing in the natural, of course we know what’s going to happen – you’re going to die. Prayer is the breath of God in your life that keeps your fellowship and walk with Him fresh and alive. It also keeps you free and strong against the plans and strategies of the enemy. You may not know it, but there is a desire and an ability in your recreated spirit to pray. Your spirit is hungry for prayer. Your flesh may be weak and untrained in spiritual things, and even bound up, but your spirit is hungry to pray. It’s hungry to know God and to talk and fellowship with Him. It’s hungry to see the devil defeated!
In Zechariah 12:10, the Prophet Zechariah prophesies that a spirit of prayer and supplication would be poured out over the house of David. This is literally referring to natural Israel experiencing a last-day visitation from God, but we know in our day that spirit of prayer has been poured out over us, the Church. The Holy Spirit in you loves to pray. He is the spirit of prayer. Prayer, you’re going to discover, is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever see and do! Yes, it can be hard work at times, but there is a satisfaction and a reward that can only come from prayer in your life.
Our position is one of victory. Because of our position in Christ, we pray boldly and with great confidence. Ephesians 2:6 tells us that we are actually seated in heavenly places with Him. We have a position in the spirit realm, and we pray from that spiritual position – seated with Christ! We don’t pray from defeat, circumstances, or because we’re under attack. We pray out of our position of who we are in Christ, seated in heavenly places, redeemed by the blood, a child of God; we pray because of what Jesus has done for us.
The Bible says something else about you and your spiritual position in Ephesians 6:10-12: “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.”
Paul is talking here about being strong in the Lord and knowing how to wrestle against principalities and powers. He’s talking about prayer. Your wrestling against these principalities and powers takes place in prayer. God sees you as a soldier, a strong warrior – a prayer warrior. God wants you as His warrior to pray out in the Spirit of God, using the weapons He has given you, from the position you have in the Spirit, and defeat the enemy. We must realize that we have everything we need to win in Jesus. Even if you don’t feel like a warrior, the Word of God says you are one in Christ. Take it by faith. Rise up and fight! Rise up and pray, O prayer warrior!
We are seated in heavenly places in Jesus Christ, at the right hand of the Father, far above principalities and powers. We never pray out of thinking we are just part of some religious concept or a religious philosophy. We don’t just pray from earth, trying to get something done, hoping something will happen. We already have a position in the spiritual world with Christ, and we pray from that position with the weapons God has given us.
God wants us to pick up our weapons and fight. We are not praying out of fear or hearing a bad report, but out of the Spirit of God within us, from our position of victory in Christ. As we begin to realize what our position really is, it will cause great confidence and boldness to come into our prayer life. God has given us a sure foundation for a strong, mature prayer life – faith in God, covenant relationship, and position in Christ. From the strength of this foundation, we are prepared to build the structure of our prayer habits and turn loose effective, fervent prayer to make God’s power available in the strength and intensity that our generation and world must have.