By Jemima Rayan
Every Christian has a spiritual battle that could be won if
only we do the right thing. Battles are won when we are determined
to win. In this article the Lord has enabled me to write
about the important of prayer by the saints of God in the
early hours when the rest are asleep. When we are surrounded
by darkness of any kind shape or form, that is the time we
need to be on our knees in prayer. Dark times are not the
times to complain and be resentful. The battle belongs to
the Lord and the victory belongs to us. Hallelujah!
Very often in the scriptures, we notice that after a powerful
work of the Holy Spirit, there is this anger of the enemy towards
the servants of God that needs to be dealt with. There is a
warfare that we must be prepared to face. Some call it a letdown
or an emptiness or fatigue. During this time, prayer is the
only weapon that will prepare for this letdown and protect
us. This is a very important lesson for the people who do the
work of the Lord.
Look at the life of
Elijah. God used him mightily in those days. The people saw
signs and wonders from heaven. After bringing
the fire down from heaven to consume his sacrifice, and a heavy
rain after three years, Elijah was sitting under a juniper
tree, contemplating suicide until God took him up to a cave
in Mount Horeb. 1 Kings 19:4
says, “But he himself went
a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat
down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and
said, It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better
than my father!”
Dear saints of God, this is not the time to give up. I have
seen in my own life things happening after a great ministry
event, people coming against me in words and deeds and our
own children going through situations after the ministry. I
am not saying that we should expect such things to happen.
My point is, we need to be watchful in prayer and bind the
works of the enemy.
Look at the life of
Samson. After a great battle with the Philistines and killing
a thousand of their army, Samson became
so thirsty that he thought he was going to die until God opened
a spring by which he conquered the enemy. In
Judges 15:18 Samson says, “You have given this great
deliverance by the hand of Your servant; and now shall I die
of thirst and fall into
the hand of the uncircumcised?”
The enemy brought such weariness in the life of Samson. God
enable him to kill thousands of people with a simple tool,
the jawbone of a donkey. But soon after that the enemy brings
this great depression into his life. Beware, dear saints of
God. The enemy is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
Jesus was a man of prayer.
Mathew chapter 14 depicts His prayer life better than any
other chapter in the Bible. Jesus often
went to a place to be alone in prayer. After a healing meeting
and the miracle of feeding thousands of people with 5 loaves
and 2 fish, Jesus was given the bad news about the death of
His forerunner, John. We read in the scriptures that He was
alone in prayer during the “third and the fourth watch”.
When He heard the bad
news of John’s brutal death, he
slipped out of the crowd to be alone with the Father and when
He came out of His prayer closet, He healed a “Great
Multitude” of the sick (Matthew (14:12-14). After the
miracle feeding of the multitudes, He was again alone in prayer
(Mathew 14:23). The enemy came to the disciples when they were
all by themselves in the boat when it looked like the boat
was about to capsize. Jesus knew beforehand what was about
to happen. He came walking on the water and as soon He stepped
into the boat, the storm ceased.
We learn a very valuable
lesson here from the life of Jesus. Jesus said, “Follow me”. Jesus is our example.
Jesus’ prayer habits are our model to follow. We need
to seek the face of God, before, during and after any project
or endeavor that God has asked us to do.
Advantages of prayer before, during and after:
Prayer before we begin
gives us the “guidance from God”.
Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in
the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” When
we pray, we tell the Lord that it is totally His guidance and
will that we are seeking and not our own. Prayer is our proof
of surrender to God’s direction.
Prayer during the operation
gives us the “protection
and wisdom” to carry out the task. More than anything,
the presence of the Lord surrounds the people who are prayerful.
Therefore prayer during the operation is very significant because
the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23).
God works through us. Prayer is the connection to God’s
ability to accomplish the task.
Prayer after completion
gives us the “security” for
the accomplished work. After the task is completed, we need
to bind and rebuke every wicked spirit that is in operation.
When we do that, we put to naught all the plans of the enemy.
We literally take the victory in Jesus’ name. We need
to cleanse ourselves with the blood of Jesus and have his presence
surround us. That is how we keep ourselves from the wiles of
May the Lord give
us the grace to win every battle in Jesus’ mighty
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