Published on March 8th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Creflo Dollar: The Prayers of the Strong
When life turns ugly and evil shows up, how we respond to it indicates our spiritual and emotional health. Evil can manifest itself in multiple ways, whether it’s divorce, suicide, issues with our children, or violence in our community. We can let it intimidate us and shut us down, or face it head on and rely on divine guidance on how to handle the situation. Studying the Bible, we see how prayer makes us strong.
The evil prevalent everywhere in the world is the driving force behind everything trying to hurt, kill, or destroy us. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). Just because we can’t see something with our physical eyes doesn’t make it any less dangerous. We can’t stand up to this type of powerful force on our own, but when we connect ourselves to God through prayer, we find a strength that far surpasses our own.
Prayer is simply a heart-to-heart conversation with God. He loves nothing more than to hear from us, and He earnestly desires to give us the answers to our questions. One of those answers is a promise that every prayer warrior knows—we are far stronger when we depend on Him, instead of trying to fight a spiritual battle on our own. Welcoming His Son into our lives and listening to the direction of His Holy Spirit makes us victorious over anything in life that tries to defeat us. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
In the Old Testament, we see how powerful King David was when he asked God for guidance before he went into battle. He defeated enemy after enemy, and was widely feared and respected. He was far from perfect, and he wasn’t victorious through his own strength, but he trusted God and acted on the directions God gave him. David’s prayers of faith had power because he exalted and glorified God even in the face of danger. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:1-6, NKJV).
True prayer isn’t something memorized and recited verbatim. It’s a two-way communication between our spirit and God Himself, and it goes way beyond simply making requests on our own behalf. Prayer lets us open our hearts and bring our hurts and fears to Him, but it’s also infused with a healthy dose of thanksgiving, rejoicing, and interceding on others’ behalf. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7, NKJV). Plug into the power!