In the book of Revelation it says that our prayers are as incense, filling golden bowls in the throne room of Heaven.
If we can get a picture of that in our minds-eye, our whole prayer life can change.
In 2 Corinthians it says that although we are fleshly beings, when we go to war against anything (when we are praying) our weapons are not of the flesh (physical things) but they are divinely powerful for the pulling down of strongholds. This means that, if we believe in God and His only Son, Jesus, who He sent to die for us, and that He (God) raised Jesus from the dead, then we are His disciples and the works that Jesus did while He was here on earth, we can do also.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the pulling down of strongholds.” 2 Cor 10:3-4
“He who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.” John 14:12
We can also learn God’s truth, and how to apply it to our lives, and that He (God) wants us to be healed and prosperous in all we do.
“If you abide in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
Prayer is a powerful tool. It is our means of waging war against the enemy.
Strongholds that are built up in our lives and our loved ones and friends we are praying for, are the result of unhealed hurts, unresolved issues, and unmet needs in our lives, and need to be brought down, defeated, made powerless, because it is these strongholds that can cripple us and therefore stop us from moving on in God; or even finding Him at all.
Unmet Needs ~ when something positive that should have happened in your life, DIDN’T.
Unhealed Hurts ~ when something bad that should not have happened in your life, DID.
Unresolved Issues ~ the ensuing anger and confusion about WHY.
(Breaking the Power, by Liberty Savard)
To get the victory over these things, we need to apply prayer based upon Matthew 16:19 and bind ourselves and those we are praying for to God; at the same time loosing all the rubbish in the way to a closer relationship with Him.
The Hebrew and Greek words for ‘bind’ mean some very positive things ~ to knit, fasten, tie, weave together, wind around, and cause to coalesce and become one again.
The word ‘loose’ in the Greek ~ break up, destroy, dissolve, unloose, melt, put off, wreck, crack to sunder by separation of the parts, shatter into minute fragments, disrupt, lacerate, convulse with spasms, break forth, burst, rend and tear.
I was blown away by these definitions, and looked them up myself in our concordance, and wow!
All that time I had been binding and loosing all around the wrong way. Now I loose and crack to sunder by separation of the parts, and shatter into minute fragments, the work of the enemy and bind myself or whoever I’m praying for to God; weave together and wind around God and become one with Him. It makes so much more sense now.
To learn more about Binding and Loosing get copies of ‘Shattering Your Strongholds’ and ‘Breaking the Power’ by Liberty Savard. It will open up a whole new adventure in relation to your prayer life.
It is prayer with faith that sets us free. Prayer is our weapon.
Zechariah 4:6 says “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
The Lord, Jesus, Captain of the hosts of Heaven. He is the God of angel armies and always by our sides. When we pray and begin to loose the bonds of the enemy over someone, God moves.
“Have faith in God. Whoever says to this mountain ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he said is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.” Mark 11:22-24
Jesus left the earth and sent His Holy Spirit to give us the power and ability to do the very things He did on the earth. He walked in the power of the Holy Spirit. He was and is The Anointed One. We have that very same anointing and therefore the very same abilities. And He gave us His authority to use them. Matthew 28:18-19
But we can’t really achieve anything in our Christian walk without prayer. Jesus always prayed first, to hear from His Heavenly Father. Prayer is our weapon and also our connection with God. However, we need to know Jesus, because our prayer goes through Him. He is our intercessor in Heaven. When we pray in Jesus’ name, God hears us, and answers. John 14:13-14/John 15:7-8
We pray according to His Will and He hears us.
So, nothing in our lives will change without prayer. Paul said we should pray without ceasing. David declared that he praised God seven times a day. Try that and you find it is most of the day. I want my prayers to be like incense filling golden bowls in God’s throne-room in Heaven. I know God answers prayer. He has moved all through my life and continues to move in my life today. With God all things are possible.
But we must not forget to use His Word in our prayers, because that is Truth, and the Truth used in prayer will set us free.
Ephesians 6:18 “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,. . . ”
So we must take all the offence, hurt, rejection, ill-will and everything that has been thrown at us to God in prayer and see the difference it will make ~ instead of fighting with each other ~ forgiving, praying, believing and expecting God to work in every situation in our lives.