I love to go to prayer meetings! There is nothing like being in the same room with people who are motivated to seek God and find out what He’d like to do on planet earth.
Last Thursday at our church’s small prayer meeting, I felt a bit stuck. We were all praying beautifully, but I had this sense that we were not breaking through to see God’s will accomplished in our little town.
THEN! Then the Lord kindly gave me a picture in my mind.
I saw a picture of many people who were intercessors standing outside together and everyone was looking up in the sky swinging (wielding) a sword or knife above their heads!
Above the heads of the intercessors was a large dragon, much like a paper dragon or a float that people in China carry over their heads on Chinese New Year parades and celebrations. The intercessors were praying and swinging and swinging and praying, aiming their best prayers to bring down that old dragon, the serpent of old, which is the devil.
I asked God, “Swords and knives and intercessors? What does that mean?!”
The Lord told me that intercessors need to know their POSITION in Christ before they attempt to swing their sword (the Word of God) at the dragon (the devil). Now, for all of my cherished friends who’ve heard someone preach that we don’t need to fight the devil, please read the scriptures at the very bottom of this blog.*
The picture I received showed the futility of trying to quote scriptures up into the skies against satan. That is not a good vantage point! Consider this:
The head of the church, JESUS CHRIST, is seated at the right hand of the power of God. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God. Luke 22:69
Jesus is ABOVE the devil, not beneath him. He put all things in subjection under His feet. Ephesians 1:22
The body of JESUS CHRIST, the church, is seated WITH HIM. The Head and the body stay together! (God) raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus . . . Ephesians 2:6
We are raised up with Christ and positioned IN HIM, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion. He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:20-23
Because Jesus died on the cross and was raised again, those who have faith in Jesus are raised with Him. We have a great advantage being seated way up high in Christ! We are seated above that old dragon, the devil, and just as the devil is in subjection under Jesus’ feet, he is in subjection under our feet.
Jesus put us in the BEST possible POSITION to PRAY!
*Scriptures on fighting the devil
Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Luke 4:36 And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, “What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out.”
1 John 3:8 The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
Acts 10:38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Ephesians 4:27 Do not give the devil an opportunity.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.