Thursday, June 9

Unworthy? Oh, No! Prayer Overcomes Satan!

Paul Billheimer wrote a wonderful little book entitled Destined To Overcome: Classic Biblical Tools For Defeating The Enemy. As the church has grown more "culturally relevant" she seems to have lost sight of the power of the blood of Jesus Christ over the enemy of all men's souls. This must be recovered along with so many other truths repressed in our softening Christian culture. In short, we must get back to the Bible and believe it! 

For those who feel unworthy of prayer, or stymied in the process by the enemy, hear what Billheimer says:
Prayer is not answered on the basis of worthiness. Because no one who prays is absolutely morally perfect, (many are far from moral perfection) the crucial factor in getting answers to prayer is not primarily spiritual superiority but simply the boldness, courage and faith to pray regardless of our sense of unworthiness. If we are conscientiously walking in the light God has given, we are never to permit a sense of unworthiness to hamper our prayer life. This is made clear in Hebrews 4:15-16: "For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched wit the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

God knows all about our weaknesses, frailties and unworthiness; because He was tempted in exactly the same way, he knows exactly how we feel, yet He invites us to come anyway. He invites us to come boldly not because we are worthy but because He is worthy. He has planned that prayer be an apprenticeship, a learning experience to prepare us for rulership in the ages to come.
That the church is in training for eternal rule is the theme of Billheimer's other work: Destined For The Throne. Read this one for sure to understand the larger work that God is doing in the Body of Christ, a work largely overlooked! Once we begin to see this work which Satan would to keep hidden from the church, our attitude will become victoriously powerful in Jesus Christ! Are you ready to realize the truth that is included in Scripture on these matters?

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