Prayer is our lifeline, our supply line and brings the power of God in the church. We are at war with principalities of darkness. We cannot defeat them in the natural fallen man. We need the full armor of God in the Spirit: Ephesians 6:10-18 (NKJV) “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” Notice verse 18, the word supplication is a supply line. What army can fight and exist without supplies. We pray in the Spirit and not just for ourselves but the whole church. We pray for all Christen endeavor to succeed and reach souls in the hands of the world and the evil one.
If the devil cannot take our name out of the book of life his next plan is to make us ineffectual. Prayer keeps us alive, on fire and on the front lines in Gods will. Prayer and praise are appropriate for all situations. James 5:13-16 (NKJV) “13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” In suffering we pray, in joy we praise, in sickness we call elders and pray. God ordains prayer for the entire spectrum of our walk with him.
Exodus 17:10-13 (NKJV) “So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” We must hold up the hands of our ordained leaders in Christ. Prayer wins battles.
Acts 12:5-17 (NKJV) “ Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.” 12 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. 15 But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.” 16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place. Prayer opens doors. Table of the Lord wants a building open twenty-four hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year for prayer. We want to invite various congregations to use the building for prayer without preaching our beliefs. People in modern times work different shifts. We believe there can be enough keys amongst members to always have the church open for prayer. Some kneel, some walk and pace, some find quiet places but having a house of prayer twenty-four seven will allow prayer to get things done. Prayer and the winning of souls and revival always go together. I feel it is an absolute shame that large congregations do not have twenty-four hour prayer going up. So many churches that do have prayer meetings going have preachy prayer going on. Some leaders even get a microphone like a cheerleader monitor. People try to pray profound prayers and say things to be heard. We need free prayer that allows people to gather while still giving each other space. All prayer must be totally sincere. This last day church needs to be on fire with prayer, praise, intercession and praying in the Holy Ghost. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 (NIV) “Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing
I’ve seen the Shekinah glory of God in good services form like an ethereal blue haze of living love hover by the ceiling. The blowing breeze of the Spirit flow like living waters in churches that really pray. The presence of God like when Solomon’s Temple was dedicated. 2 Chronicles 5:12-14 (NKJV) “12 and the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets— 13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God” So many people would look at you like you were crazy or grossly exaggerating if you told them what a real Holy Ghost filled church is really like.
Isaiah 66:8-9 (NKJV) “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children. 9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God. When the church travails for souls with prayer and a burden for people to know Jesus Christ, she will bring forth born again children in the kingdom. Romans 8:26 (MKJV) “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning’s which cannot be uttered.”
We fight the devil and it is only by the power of Christ in our lives that we over come him. Acts 19:15-16 (NKJV) “And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” We do not over come the devil by intellect, wisdom, theology, political science, philosophy, technology, psychology or any weapon of man. Mark 9:28-29 (NKJV) “And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” We need to really emphasis prayer in our churches
2 Kings 6:15-17 (NIV) “15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. 16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. We must understand that the hosts of heaven are behind us and prayer opens our eyes. 1 John 4:4 (NIV) “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” God has given us great victory if we will fight and claim it. Prayer is full of hope and will lead us to the grace and power of God in all situations.
Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV) “So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.
Psalms 127:1 (NKJV) “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain
Psalms 100:4 (KJV) “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
Romans 14: 17 (KJV) “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV) “Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Romans 8:38-39 (KJV) “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jude 20-21 (NKJV) “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Table of the Lord teaches prayer, praise, intercessory prayer with thanksgiving and joy as a way of life.
Prayer and Praise – 4/6/15
Prayer 2 (Altar of Incense)
Taking the Land of Promise
Taking the Land 2 (Gilgal or Bokim)