Effective Prayer Part 1
EFFECTIVE PRAYER Part 1
(Continuing our series on Spiritual Warfare)
When contemplating the topic of prayer in relation to spiritual warfare my mind goes back to when I was about ten. It was at this time my mother’s constant headaches, loss of memory and strange behaviour began to affect our family. Two years later, they diagnosed her with Alzheimer’s. I was the only child of Catholic parents so I knew about Jesus. One night I came across this verse in Mathew 17:20 “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”, I was so excited, I had the answer to my mother’s illness. That night I prayed to God, imploring him to heal my mother, believing that my mustard seed of faith would bring her back to me. Her condition worsened, so night after night I soaked my pillow with tears. My faith dwindled with the silence of my unanswered prayer. Little did I know, until years later, I wasn’t the only one crying, God was with me in my grief.
My mother died and years later when I became a Christian, I realized why my prayers weren’t answered. In Hosea 4:6 it says “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. How true for my mother, she never owned a Bible, so how could she gain the knowledge needed to deal with the principalities and powers in the spiritual realm that could have caused her illness. Not all illnesses are spiritual but when they are, Gods’ hands are tied and he is waiting for us to use effective prayer.
Effective prayer involves putting ourselves under the Lordship of Christ. In Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, (demonic spirits) and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”. The Lord has given us his authority and we must use the name of Jesus when we pray. The name of Jesus is your power of attorney and the blood of Jesus the official seal that secures your right to use it[i].
In Part 2 I talk about Binding and Loosing and much more so watch out for the next blog.
[i] Becoming a Prayer Warrior by Elizabeth Alves