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April 17, 2013 Posted by admin in Prayer

Supercharge Your Prayer Life

Supercharge Your Prayer Life

Today is a continuation from yesterday's blog; "Prayer - Making The Invisible Visible" It is an excerpt from my book, "Faith Science".

Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they answered, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you [yourselves] say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus answered him, “Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.”
Matthew 16:16–19 amp

What was so different between Peter’s answer to Jesus’s question and all the other responses? What was it about his response that made Jesus get so excited? All the answers were right, but only one really mattered. Most people saw Jesus from a natural perspective. They considered him to be an amazing man sent by God, similar to many who had come before him. Yet, Peter, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, knew Jesus was different. He recognized the spiritual nature of the Christ who stood before him. Due to his spiritual insight, he received special authority.

Jesus gave to a physical man the keys to the kingdom of heaven. What does that mean? In the same way that Daniel prayed and swayed the results of a heavenly battle in the favor of God’s people, Peter would have the same authority. That’s so crucial because just like in Daniel’s case, the spiritual outcome determines the natural outcome. With the keys to the kingdom of heaven, Peter would be able to bring to earth whatever happened in heaven already. When the angel defeated the Persian territorial spirit, the defeat of the earthly kingdom followed. The same thing happened to the Greek territorial spirit and everyone that would follow until the kingdom of heaven reigns supreme on the earth.

These same keys of the kingdom of heaven were offered by Christ to the church. As a result, when we get a revelation that our prayer is the true connection between the invisible and visible worlds, our approach to prayer will change forever. When we pray, we can confidently take authority on earth over anything that God has taken authority over in heaven. If we see through spiritual eyes the way Peter did, we’ll realize that every battle we fight on earth has already been fought in heaven.

Instead of waiting for life to happen to us, we can pray about everything first and win the war in the realm of eternity before it ever begins in the realm of time. Daniel knew that Persia would be defeated on earth because they would be defeated in heaven. He also knew that Greece would come after and also be defeated. Most of all, he knew that even though the situation of the Israelites looked dire on earth, God had angels fighting for them in heaven. It was only a matter of time before they saw the earthly manifestation of the heavenly victory.

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!
2 Corinthians 5:16–17 nlt

Jesus Christ built his church on the rock of spiritual vision, which describes what Peter had when he recognized Jesus as the Christ. He didn’t see Jesus from a human point of view. He saw into the spirit realm and realized that in the invisible world, the man who stood before him was the God of the universe. He may have looked like any other man when observed through natural eyes, but that was not the definition of who he really was. Jesus was excited to hear that because Peter tapped into the mystery that evaded most others around him.

Jesus was the ultimate enigma. Nobody could figure him out because it was impossible to wrap human minds around him. Things just didn’t naturally add up when it came to him, but it intrigued those who followed him. He existed in the visible world as Jesus while simultaneously being Christ in the invisible world. Anyone in the body of Christ who sees him from that view will pray about everything instead of fighting losing battles like a regular human. The spiritual visionary gets the keys to the kingdom of heaven and gains access to the spiritual battlefield where the real war is being fought.

Supercharge Your Prayer Life

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Ephesians 6:10–18 kjv

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.
Luke 18:1 kjv

Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 kjv

Why must we always pray? It’s our connection to the invisible world. We cannot see it with our natural eyes, so we can’t do anything about it with our natural strength. However, we have to do something because what happens in it directly affects our lives. When we don’t pray, life happens to us and we have to respond to circumstances after they take place. Yet, when we pray we determine what happens in our lives. God gives us the authority to plug into his eternal kingdom and change our future.

Considering what was just discussed, the idea of the spiritual armor of God should make a little more sense. It’s more important than any natural armor because we can fight a spiritual battle and determine the outcome of a war in the earth before it even starts. The enemies we face on earth are driven and directed by our spiritual enemies. Until we defeat the spirits behind them, we will exhaust ourselves fighting battles that will never end.

When we fight against people, the spirits just leave the people we defeat and get behind others. It will go on and on just like that until we follow the advice of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:16–17 and stop seeing people from a human point of view. Our fight is not with flesh and blood but with the spirits that rule invisible kingdoms that control the kingdoms we can see. Before we start fighting we should have our spiritual armor on.

We must follow the wise words of Proverbs 4:23 and protect the loins of our hearts with the truth because what we see in our lives comes from there. God desires truth in our inward parts, according to Psalm 51:6 and those who know the truth will be free, according to John 8:32. Most importantly, as Jesus stated in John 17:17, the Word of God is truth. We must protect the vital organs in our chests with the breastplate of righteousness. Hence we should not let guilt destroy our confidence in God. We could never be good enough to deserve God’s goodness in the first place so, based on Romans 5:15–19, he sees us through Jesus.

Our feet must be ready to spread the gospel of peace at all times. The same way that the Word of God protects the loins of our hearts and teaches us about righteousness through faith, it gives us peace when we meditate on it all day. In Isaiah 26:3, the Bible says we have perfect peace when our minds stay on God. Since John 1:1 says that the Word is God, we have perfect peace when we keep the Word of God at the forefront of our minds.

In addition, we must share the gospel of peace with others by sharing the Word of God. The shield of faith protects us from the enemy’s attacks. When things in the natural contradict God’s standard for our lives, we must believe in what we cannot see. When we trust the reality of God’s invisible promises, we cannot be defeated in spite of what happens physically.

We were saved by grace, so the helmet of salvation keeps our minds settled. We know what Jesus did for us on the cross and have accepted that already. Every day we must remind ourselves that based on Romans 8:2, the life of Christ within us has saved us from the curse of sin and death. With that mindset we won’t lose our minds in the middle of battles on the earth. We know the spiritual outcome, thus we can predict the natural outcome and get it right.

Our sword is the Word of God. This way, we get to use in prayer the keys of the kingdom of heaven first offered to Peter by Jesus. The Word of God tells us what has happened in heaven already. So in the name of Jesus, we can use his authority to pronounce it on the earth and expect it to happen just as we see it.

In sum, since the invisible world holds so much sway in our lives, this is a crucial message. When an ostrich sticks its head in the sand, even though it cannot see what is going on around it, absolutely nothing has changed and it is no safer than it was before. Similarly, pretending that there is no spirit realm or downplaying its importance changes nothing and doesn’t shield a person from the effects of it.

The war in heaven might be fought by angels, but the war on earth is fought by people. The kingdom of God has already prevailed in heaven, so those in his kingdom who are aware of it have nothing to fear on earth. We know how the story ends because the script has already been written and published.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 kjv
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