What did Jesus say about prayer?
Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive”.
Mark 9:29. And he said to them, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.
In one edition of this column, I gave a vivid explanation of the power of prayer, “Prayer is one of the greatest assets every believer in Christ has. It is one of the most important benefits or rights God has provided for us His children. Prayer is a medium, through which God seeks to hear our voice, while He in turn talks back to us, revealing His will and His plans for our lives, churches, communities, and nations.
Prayer as it has been explained is the most powerful weapon to set the captives free. Yet, it is not every prayer that gets to God, set captives free from satanic bondage, or unlocks miracles.
*Let’s look at the Bible for some of the reasons why believers’ prayers are not heard by God, and a true confession of how Satan stops prayers in the heavens.*
God has conditions for answering prayers and He has not changed since the Bible times, neither will He change in our time, nor in future generations to come. The conditions are:
In Proverbs 15:8 (ESV) the Bible said, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him”.
In John 9:31, the Bible says, “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.”
Proverbs 28:9-14 (ASV) the Bible says “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. Whoso causeth the upright to go astray in an evil way, He shall fall himself into his own pit; But the perfect shall inherit good”.
(1) The labour in prayer of a sinner is an abomination to God.
(2)God does not hear a sinner’s prayer except that of repentance
(3) He that disobey God’s law, his prayer is an abomination.
(4) He that leads a believer astray will fall into his own pit .
Testimony of a former satanist
Let me share part of the testimony of a former satanist who became a born-again Christian. He revealed how satanic agents stop pastors’ and Christians’ prayers. He also talked about those that are living in sin, preaching the materialistic gospel and refusing to turn back to God in genuine repentance. I read his confession from a small book titled, HOW SATAN STOPS PRAYER.
This man was born after his parents had dedicated themselves to Lucifer, this was when he was still in the womb, and they performed many rituals to dedicate him to the service of Lucifer. At ten, he did tremendous exploits for the kingdom of the devil and was feared by his parents and common witches.
He said when he was still serving the devil, he was so terrible in the things he did. He grew to be a young man in his twenties with a lot of blood on his hands. He killed at will. He had the ability to leave his body through transcendental meditation. And he could levitate; at times his body would rise off the ground and hang in the mid-air.
“Sometimes he would go into a trance and leave his body; his body would remain behind while he went out into the world, by a practice called “astral traveling”. He was used by Satan to destroy or divide many Churches, and to ruin many pastors. On one occasion, he was assigned to destroy a church that was full of people praying.
The praying church
“There had been much division in the church and much confusion. He began to work against it. But at that time, the pastor called a fast for the whole church. As the church began to fast, there was much repentance and a lot of reconciliation. The people came together and began to pray for the Lord to work in their midst.
“They continued interceding and crying out to God to have mercy on them and to intervene in their lives. As the days went by, the man came again and again against the church with demonic spirits. He led a powerful force of demonic spirits against the church.
He said his spirit moved through the air over the church and tried to attack it, but there was a covering of light over the church. Suddenly, an army of angels attacked them and fought against them in the air. All the demons fled, but he was arrested by the angels. As he finished, he made an appeal. There are many pastors in the room. He said to the pastors, ” I appeal to you, please teach the people how to pray”.
The people who don’t pray can be taken in by the devil, and there are ways that the enemy can exploit their lives and their prayers. The enemy knows how to exploit the prayers of those who don’t know how to pray.”
Teach the people how to use the spiritual armor that God provides”( read Ephesians 6:10-20)
Then he shared how he led expeditions through the air; He would go with other satanic agents and many demonic spirits. It was as if they were working a shift, the same way you run shifts at work. He had regular time that he was required to go and wage war in the heavens.
He said in the spiritual realm if the land is covered by a blanket of darkness, the blanket is so dense it is like solid rock. And it covers the whole area. The spirits are able to go on top and below the blanket, and from there influence the events on earth.
Demons refresh their spirits
When the evil spirits and human satanic agents finish their shifts, they go down to earth at the points of covenant, on water or on land, to refresh their spirits.
How do they refresh their spirits? By the sacrifices that people give at their altars. This could be sacrifices in open witchcraft, sacrifices in bloodshed of all types, including abortions, warfare, and human and animal sacrifices. This could be sacrifices of sexual immorality, and all kinds of promiscuity. Such acts strengthen these powers. There are different types of sacrifices.
He said that when satanic agents are up in the heavenly realm, and Christians begin to pray on earth, the Christian prayers appear to them in three forms. All prayers appear like smoke that is rising toward heaven.
*Some prayers appear like smoke that drifts along and vanishes in the air. These prayers come from people who have sinned and are not willing to deal with it. Their prayers are very weak; they are blown away and disappear in the air.*
Another type of prayer is also like smoke, It rises upward until it reaches the rock; it cannot break through the rock. These prayers usually come from people who try to purify themselves, but who lack faith as they pray. They usually ignore the other important aspects that are needed when someone prays.
The third type of prayer is like smoke that is filled with fire. As it rises upward, it is so hot that when it reaches that rock, the rock begins to melt like wax. It pierces the rock and goes through”.
Prayer, empty noise without repentance
Therefore, neglecting the conditions above, our prayers, fasting, praises, worship, intercessions, etc are empty noises unto God. And that’s even if our prayers are not being stopped by the Devil and his agents in the heavens.
Pastors teach repentance and holiness in your churches and other gatherings. God cannot change His conditions as regards answers to our prayers. It doesn’t matter the volume of your prayers, scriptures you are quoting, prayer guides and strategy you apply, and the number of days of fasting you observed, be it in your closet, church building, prayer mountain, or anywhere else, God’s condition is still the same. It says, Be holy as your father is holy.
Bible says, ” The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”( James 4:16).
Righteousness and holiness are the foundation of God for answering prayers for deliverance, healing, breakthrough, restoration, and revival in your life, church, community, and nation.
Only living a righteous life can make our prayers effective.
*Note*: ” As the church began to fast, there was much repentance and a lot of reconciliation. The people came together and began to pray for the Lord to work in their midst.
They continued interceding and crying out to God to have mercy on them and to intervene in their lives. Suddenly an army of angels attacked them and the demons fled. Genuine repentance, turning back to God, righteous living and holy lifestyles are keys to answered prayers”.
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