Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Prayer and Warfare, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #117)

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Our key Bible verse is John 14:14: “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

Our lesson today is titled “Prayer and Warfare, Part 1”

In our last lesson series we learned how to lead others to Christ. Soul-winning is thrilling work, but it brings us into direct conflict with Satan and the powers of darkness. Every soul won to Christ is a soul snatched out of the hand of Satan. This will cause Satan to war against us.

We will never understand what the Christian life is all about until we see that it involves spiritual warfare. Two kingdoms are at war—God’s kingdom and Satan’s kingdom. The battle is for the souls of men. We have a part in this warfare. Our part is to be soldiers that God can use in the battle against Satan.

What kind of weapons do we use in the warfare with Satan? We use spiritual weapons. The greatest weapon God has given us is prayer. Why? Because prayer releases God’s power. When we pray, God acts! God says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

We must pray! We simply cannot live the Christian life without prayer. It is through prayer that we commune with God; it is through prayer that we obtain the things we need; it is through prayer that we intercede for others; and it is through prayer that God bind the power of Satan.

In this lesson series we are going to see how God uses our prayers in the battle against Satan, but first, let us consider some important things about prayer.

1. What Is Prayer? Prayer is talking with God. Prayer is not a ritual or a public performance—it is a personal matter between you and God. The Lord Jesus said, “When you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father in secret.” The Lord Jesus told us not to use “vain repetitions”—saying the same things over and over. Our prayers must be sincere and from the heart.

2. To Whom Do We Pray? We pray to the Father. The Lord Jesus said, ” After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven…” Can everyone pray to God as Father? No, only those who are in God’s family can call Him “Father.” The main prayer that God will hear from an unsaved person is the prayer asking for salvation and forgiveness. God always hears this prayer from an unsaved person.

3. We Must Pray in Jesus’ Name. If we want God to answer our prayers, we must pray in Jesus’ name. The Lord Jesus said, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” The Lord Jesus is our great Intercessor in Heaven. We pray to the Father in His name. It is because of who Jesus is and what He has done that God hears and answers our prayers.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!