TOPIC: Engaging the Force of Prayer for Fulfillment of Prophecy!
Welcome to the final teaching for the month! I hope you were blessed by the last teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Engaging the Force of Prayer for Fulfillment of Prophecy!
We understand from scriptures that prayer is a force in the hand of the believer when approached scripturally. It is one of God’s covenant tools for the realisation of our glorious destinies in Christ. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 13:24-28: Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? Everything contrary to good in the life of the believer is the work of the enemy. The devil is the believer’s number one enemy and the Bible warns us against him: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). So, behind that setback, that unending struggle and those continuous breakdowns is ‘an enemy’. But why is he so determined and hell-bent in seeing us fail? The Bible gives us the answer in Isaiah 5:1-2: Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. That is why the enemy is interested in us! He is jealous because we are God’s choicest vine. By redemption, through the blood of Jesus, we are planted on a most fruitful hill. Not only that, we are fenced and protected. God has invested His best in us. The Bible also tells us in Psalm 92:13-14: Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; No wonder the enemy is so jealous! He wants us down like himself. Just like he did not rest until he got Adam out of the Garden of Eden, he has vowed not to rest until he gets us off the course of our destiny. However, the devil can be stopped and arrested. Since force is the only language he understands, God has placed the force of prayer in our hands, to put him where he belongs.
How then can we engage the Force of Prayer for Fulfillment of Prophecy?
Arise: It takes knowledge to have victory in any conflict of life. The first thing we need to know in the war against the thief of our glorious destiny is that we must arise. As it is written: Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him (Psalm 68:1). If the enemies will not scatter until God arises, how then do we think they will scatter in our case without us arising? We can’t keep watching that unpleasant situation in our lives go on, we must arise. No matter how great the revelation we have received from God, if we don’t build up a resistance against the enemy, we will never have a breakthrough. God has spoken some things to us and we are sure of His leading and instructions, but the enemy is standing on the way, saying, ‘You won’t get in there.’ Then we need to arise to the challenge because if we do nothing, we will get nothing. If we fold our hands at the opposition, we will end up in stagnation and deprivation. Right now, certain forces might seem to be resisting every move we make or everything might seem to be working against us, in spite of all our input. I’m glad to let you know that prayer is a major force for fighting all oppositions off your territory and consequently triumphing in life. A time came in Matthew 17, when the disciples of Jesus could not cast out an evil spirit even though they had been empowered to do so in chapter 10. Satan was blocking their access to results in ministry. They asked Jesus “Why could not we cast him out?” He answered them saying: …Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:20-21). The three forces outlined for victory are faith, prayer and fasting. These forces enhance effectual prayers.
In summary, many erroneously think that in Christianity everything is delivered on a platter of gold, it is not so. Things don’t just happen; they are made to happen (1 Corinthians 1:9). However, being a Christian does not exempt us from warfare; it only gives us an edge over the opposition. Warfare is inevitable, but victory is guaranteed. So, the obstacles are real, the victories are also real. Thus, you must be born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
For further reading, please get my books: Winning Prayer, Satan Get Lost, and Born to Win. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you.
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David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel