26 September 2021
James 5:16, 17 'Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.' (NIV)
The warrior spirit is alive and thriving in today's culture (just take a look at comic books, movies or popular video and online games). The church has often missed an important bridging point into our culture. While we've been concentrating on gentle Jesus meek and mild, people around us have been hooking into the progeny of Conan the Barbarian. The Bible clearly states that Christian life is in part a war - a battle of good versus evil within the individual heart and a call to arms against the enemy of human souls. Satan plays for keeps. Unfortunately, some Christians seem to find his existence hard to believe, or they think, 'If I ignore him, he'll go away.' C. S. Lewis found it easier to believe in Satan than in God for: 'Alas,' he said, 'I've had more to do with him.' There are too many Christians today who have forgotten how to make war, how to drive the enemy out of their territory and away from their God-given inheritance. We need to get back to the kind of praying which rescues people and turns lives around. Whenever we pray with intensity, as Elijah did, we are enforcing the victory that Christ has already won on the cross. When we declare God's word and will in prayer we have all the authority of heaven to back us up. We are demolishing spiritual strongholds of the enemy and binding his effectiveness against the spread of the gospel.
Prayer: 'Jesus, please help me today to pray in way that is powerful and effective; to pray with fervour, with militancy and determination until I see an answer. I want to prevail over the enemy, to enforce the victory you have already won for me on the cross. I want to stand in your authority, breaking through Satan's strongholds through passionate prayer.'
© Mal Fletcher 2003-2004