The power of constant prayer

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19

Believers have been given the power over the enemy and all his works to destroy it. How do we use this power? I have found that the model is Prayer! Prayer declarations, agreement prayer, travailing prayers, prophetic praying, etc. We establish heaven on earth by the words we utter from our mouths in prayer! Whatever you say is you speaking into the atmosphere and the result you would get would depend on what you are saying!

“The tongue can speak words that bring life or death. Those who love to talk must be ready to accept what it brings.” Proverbs 18:21 ERV

“be unceasing and persistent in prayer;”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMP

“Pray all the time” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 MSG

In this season of a worldwide pandemic, what are you saying? What are you sharing with the world? What are you speaking into the atmosphere of your life? Maybe you do not understand what persistent prayer can do in your life and in the world today! Let me share from the Bible:

“So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent and persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church.” Acts 12:5 AMP

Study Acts 12:1-17, it shows how King Herod arrested James the brother of John and beheaded him. The Jews were pleased with him and he was also so pleased with himself that he went ahead to arrest Peter. He did not count on one thing, the power of persistent prayer from believers! The church started intense intercession for Peter and several things happened as a result. A verse would be highlighted for each point from Acts 12:

  1. It changes impossible situations – Peter being arrested looked like an impossible situation as no human being could rescue him from the king but God, who specialises in turning impossible situations, intervened in the matter and the impossible was turned around. “And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.” verse 6
  1. It arouses angelic activity – The prayers of the believers stirred up the activity of angels. “Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him” verse 7a
  1. It causes light to shine in darkness – “and a light shone in the prison” verse 7b
  1. It sets free from bondage – Peter was in bondage and the prayers of the saints loosed him from it.”And his chains fell off his hands” verse 7c
  1. It causes gates to open without human intervention – “When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.” verse 10
  1. It gives you direction in unknown parts/paths – “and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.” verse 10
  1. It delivers you from evil expectations – “And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.” verse 11
  1. It gives you a testimony that looks like a lie – “So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying. And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.” verses 12-15
  1. You escape the clutches of the enemy – “Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place. Then, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. But when Herod had searched for him and not found him,” verses 16-19

I pray that today you would make the decision to engage in constant prayer today to lift off the hands of the enemy from our lives, families and nations.