The battle throughout the ages is and has been a SPIRITUAL BATTLE. Everything you see, or have, has been a result of what has happened around you in the SPIRITUAL realm-FIRST.
It has been said in other locations on this website but it bears repeating here :
YOU are NOT a “human being” …who may (or may not) be having a “spiritual experience” . . .
YOU ARE A SPIRITUAL BEING
…who is having a ‘physical experience’-for a short time, down here!!
(You see-you CAME OUT FROM GOD. Where you end up after this short, physical experience, will be determined by what you do with your SPIRITUAL RESPONSIBILITIES, down here!! )
So, how does this relate to prayer? Specifically-STRONG PRAYER?
Well, when it comes to REAL, “New Testament” churches (churches that do and act like CHURCHES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT) strong prayer is one of the ESSENTIAL PILLARS that MUST be present for any church to do, act and be a “New Testament Church!”
On this point we want to be very specific and very clear here. A church may have a “fantastic” youth program. Any particular church may have an awesome homeless ministry. The worship may be “off the chain” at a particular church . . .
However wonderful any of the above examples may be (or more . . ) a church should (Biblically) not really call itself a true, New Testament church unless prayer is a POWERFUL, POWERFUL FORCE inside that church !
Why is this so? Why is this such (what some would call) a ‘sticking point’ with us?
For this reason. Scripture says we are to call for and hasten and get a church ready for His coming. When He comes He will not come for an immature church.
He will not come for a church that is “missing His mark”, in any way. If a (or the church) He is coming for has all the essential pillars that He is looking for (and REQUIRING)
ALSO has a wonderful homeless ministry-GREAT !!
As wonderful as a homeless ministry may be-or a ___________ (fill in the blank) – it is STILL not THE CHURCH He is calling for
-and will be returning to take away as His bride!
UNLESS THAT CHURCH LOOKS LIKE THE CHURCH HE GAVE US THE PATTERN FOR -in the New Testament!!
The keys ARE in the hands of the church.
Strong, prevailing prayer grabs a hold of those keys and gets RESULTS . . .