FROM THE PASTOR’S HEART
Pray, as you stand strong in His mighty power
The devil is on the prowl, like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and devour.
In response to the devil and his evil schemes, the Lord tells us to be strong, put on the full armour of God, stand, and be alert to pray. We are to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests (Eph 6:10-20).
I will share with you the following two groups of prayer.
PRAYER TOWARD GOD.
In this group there is Petition Payer. We pray by asking God to act on our behalf. We are familiar with this common type of prayer. There is also Intercessory Prayer. Here, we pray on behalf of someone. We intercede and ask for others. Often, we engage in both together, petition and intercessory prayer.
PRAYER FROM GOD.
First, Tongues. The Lord gave us tongues for personal edification. It is a form of prayer from God. It builds you up, by strengthening your inner-being, gives you peace, deepening conviction, commitment, love, so that you can stand. That’s a form of praying in the Spirit, for the Spirit prays through us in groans that words cannot express.
Second, Proclamation & Declaration. It is the declaration of the truths and promises of God in our lives, which He has given us in scripture. Allow the Holy Spirit, who wields the “sword of the Spirit which is the word of God” to bring to you God’s completed work and promises in the bible. For example, “I declare that the love of God will never leave nor forsake me” or “If I confess my sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive me and purify me from all unrighteousness”
Third, Commands. We come against the devil’s schemes in Jesus’ Name. In a direct way, this kind of prayer requires us to exercise the power and authority given to us by Jesus. We need to take up the authority given us, which we may not be used to. There are three types.
First, To Rebuke. For example, “In Jesus’ name, I break the power of the lie that I am not loved by God”, or “I break the power of the lie that I am not as good as others”. We have the authority to do that. Satan is the father of lies and this is his key weapon. So we have to break the power of the lies he seeks to put in my head.
Second, To Bind. For Example, “In Jesus’ name, I bind the power of deception at work in my family or in my department where I work” or “I bind the spirit that causes confusion”. This binds the work of the enemy.
Third, To Expel. This is to eliminate demonic presence. If you sense the Holy Spirit prompting you that the enemy is working division amongst you, then you can pray, “I command the spirit of division to get out from among us in Jesus’ name” Or if you are commanding a demonic spirit to go, “In Jesus’ name I command you, the spirit of (it’s name) to leave this person. Get out!” (Note: you can name the spirit by the destruction or condition it causes, e.g. ‘spirit of confusion’; ‘deaf and dumb spirit’)
Pray, and stand strong in His mighty power!
Ps Quek Boon Chiau