ALIVE WORD: Warfare prayer – prayer that defeats the enemy (part 2)

The Richardsons

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12”.

As believers sometimes we pray and it may seem as if the answers are taking long to manifest. This may be due to the interference of principalities in the realm of the spirit. We see an example of this in Daniel 10. Daniel was a man of prayer. He prayed fervently to God daily. Yet, His prayers were hindered for 21 by a principality caused by the Prince of Persia. Michael, the warring angel was sent to fight this principality in order for Daniel’s prayer to be manifested. This all happened in a period of twenty one days.

“Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before they God, thy words were heard, and I am come for the words.  But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”  Daniel 10:12,13

The Word of God tells us in Psalm 91:11 it states “For He give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”  We too like Daniel need to call on our warring angels when we pray and ask them to intervene on our behalf. Just imagine, it took Michael, one of the chief princes to fight the demonic prince of Persia in order for Daniel to receive his answer. That tells you just how strong the hindering forces were preventing Daniel’s answer from manifesting.

As believers, we too must be cognizant of the fact that principalities are in operation to try and hinder our prayers from being answered. We are in a war and we have the authority in the name of Jesus Christ to defeat every plot and scheme of the devil.

Therefore, when we pray, we must enter in the realm of the spirit and pull down principalities and power, rulers of darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places. We do this by entering into ‘warfare prayer’. Warfare prayer is prayer that are prayed in the authority of Jesus Christ and pulls down, principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness. Warfare of prayer is very aggressive but when prayed effectively brings results.“  “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent takes it by force.
St. Matthew 11:12

When praying warfare prayers we identify particular spirits and we bind those spirits in the name of Jesus Christ, and command them to go into dry places. What we bind. The demonic spirits that we address eg. witchcraft, pride, adultery, dwells in the realm of the spirit. Because of the authority that we have in Jesus Christ, once those spirits are bound they can no longer operate. Therefore, once they are not operating in the realm of the spirit, they cannot manifest in the natural.

Warfare prayer can be prayed in the spirit and in the understanding. eg. If a wife who is a Christian knows that her husband is involved in an adulterous relationship, she may pray in her understanding and just bind the spirits of adultery and lust in the name of Jesus. However, if the wife observes the husband acting strangely or just suspects adultery, she can then pray in the spirit with groanings or in her spiritual language of tongues.  When she prays in tongues, she does not know what she is praying about but the Holy Spirit prays the perfect prayer.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is in the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saiths according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26&27

Warfare prayer is even more effective when it is done with fasting. Prayer is powerful. Warfare prayer is even more powerful but warfare prayer and fasting is like dynamite. When we fast as believers, our flesh is put under subjection and our spirit man soars. We become more in-tuned to the Holy Spirit. We are better able to hear and understand what the Lord is saying to us. We kill our flesh and selfish desires and we become alive in Jesus Christ. Though genuine fasting is not for selfish reasons, there are some situations that will not change in the natural if we do not fast and pull them down in the realm of the spirit. In St. Matthew 17:21 it states “This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” Fasting helps our faith in God to grow rapidly and we are then able to believe God in the area that we desire Him to come through for us.

Through Jesus Christ we are guaranteed victory as believers when we pray. With a sound knowledge and understanding of the spiritual realm, the weapons of our warfare and exercising the authority that we have in Jesus Christ as we war in the spirit through warfare prayer; we are able to experience miraculous breakthroughs and live lives of victory.

Giving God the Glory.

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7 Comments

  1. Lizavier4Jesus
    October 31, 2010

    @CONTESSA:

    That is very true. It is good that you are aware of that truth. That is the reason you must strive to take heed of what God says through His anointed servants.

    But you also need to pray for God to bless you with the wisdom and understanding of His Holy Spirit. Because Satan is a thief, who comes to still, kill and destroy. He too can speak through a servant whom God has anointed. This happens when that servant starts to feel proud, and to take the creditand honor for the work God is doing through him or her.

    As you continue to remain humble, with faith and trust, just showing God that you desire to know the Truth about Him and His Ways of Love, in His Person, Jesus Christ; He will protect you from those servants who betray Him. I truly believe that the Richardsons are humble servants of God, with the desire to allow Him to do His work through them. Just take heed of their message; it is for your benefit of Life.

  2. CONTESSA
    October 30, 2010

    GOD DO TALK THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE TO CONFIRM WHAT HE SAYS TO US WHEN HE WANTS US TO DO HIS WILL

  3. disciple of JESUS CHRIST
    October 30, 2010

    To God be all the glory for great things he has done !!! Thank God for His word and the victory through his practical word in Jesus name, amen

  4. Lizavier4Jesus
    October 30, 2010

    @STAFFEE:

    Okay! But it is you, who must keep in touch with the message of Pastor Richardson; not him, keeping in touch with you, as you suggested. You do so, by fequently posting a comment, responding to the message he writes, that he and others will know that you are in touch with God, because of his encouragement.

    Lack of dedication and consistency to God and His Word of Love in His Person, Jesus Christ, is the reason the majority of us continue in our state of darkness and perish, without the hope of Light and Salvation by faith. It is a sorry world with a lot of sorry people out there.

  5. Lizavier4Jesus
    October 29, 2010

    O dear God, You have given us, your people, a Letter of Love through the Words of Your Holy Bible. You have anointed faithful servants to help those of us who are lesser advanced to receive and conceive Your Love; as Your Holy Spirit leads them to clarify, define, and express wisdom and understanding of what You have spoken; so that the weak might gain strength, which provokes the growth of faith, by which people get to know You and Your ways of Love, in Your Person, Jesus Christ. But it seem so much that the Word of Your Letter and the work of Your Holy Spirit, through Your anointed servants are going out in vain.

    Oh, dear God! As I ask where are the huge number of persons who frequent most other news articles, commentaries, and letters of this web site, except for this particular article or blog, I hear the thought that You put in the mind of Your prophet Isaiah, concerning his own people–Your chosen people. So prophet Isaiah revealed this thought from You, as he said to his people, who were Your people, but unfaithful and deceiving to You: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to our own way”. Isaiah 53: 6

    Dear God, in a world where spiritual warefare is rampant, Your people have gone astray, not taking heed of the destructiveness of spiritual warefare that is against them, but condoning to their own ways: the things that please them or make them feel good–human or fleshly gratification. They do not know that they are walking the path of darkness and blindness, bound through the massive twine of futillity, vainness, pride, and haughtiness, by the demons of this world–the messengers of Satan, he who is striving to take them down to the pit of eternal defeat and death, with him!

    But there are a few, who are ignorant–not knowing what is true, not knowing the way to the path of Light–but they are humble. I pray O God, on behalf of those people. You know them by name; by their attitude and conducts. I ask that in time, You will show them Your mercy and compassion of Love. You, O God has promised to write Your Words on the hearts of people and to put them on their mind. I call to You, dear God, that You will remember Your promise; and that You will deliver those people from the chains of darkness, the wicked twine that Satan uses to bind them, against their fight of the spiritual warefare in their lives. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

    Pastor Richardson, it would seem so great, if more people would responding to those very important message of Life, that God is revealing through you. But you are blessed, that is the most important thing. It is the choice of others, to claim that blessing for their selves.

  6. STAFFEE
    October 29, 2010

    Good word Brother. Keep us in touch!

  7. Dominican and Proud
    October 29, 2010

    Amen!

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