Songs from the Prison Cell

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:25‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Many believers have wrong assumptions of what it means to praise and worship God. They assume: Praise and worship is something you do only at church.  Praise and worship is something you do only when things are going well in life.  Praise and worship is something for people who are musically inclined.  Paul and Silas understood that worship and praise, combined with prayer, are powerful forces that pierce spiritual darkness,… Read More

Contend for God’s Will through Prayer!

The will of God is not automatic.  Some people – even sincere believers – mistakenly believe: “If it happened, it must have been God’s will.” God’s will must be sought, received by faith, and contended for. There is an enemy still lurking in this world, one who has authority on earth (not ultimate authority, but the jurisdiction we permit). His kingdom of darkness and deception is still in operation, and stands in resistance to the Kingdom of God and the people of that Kingdom.  The default setting in our world is sin,… Read More

Unleashing God’s Light to Defeat Darkness

so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭10‬ ESV) A fundamental function of the Body of Christ is that we are to proclaim – to declare in faith – the truth of God’s word and His promises to the world.  What many may not immediately realize is that we are not only to declare God’s word to the people of the world, but specifically to the spiritual authorities and demonic principalities of the world. … Read More

Men of Prayer

Men of God are men of prayer. You can’t be one without the other.  Daniel had a routine of kneeling to pray three times every day.  Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness to pray.  David prayed morning noon and night, and one passage says he prayed seven times a day.  I was reading this morning the stories of David’s mighty men in 2 Samuel 23, and the imagery of prayer seemed to be obvious in their stories.  It says of one man… He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand… Read More

Life Changes When We Pray

It was a turning point for Peter. It was a turning point for the church. It was a turning point for mankind. In a city called Joppa, God made it very clear that His Son had come not only to save Jews, but to save all people. It was a pivotal point in church history, and it was the direct result of Peter spending time in prayer. On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to… Read More