Two Uses of Our Authority in Prayer

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This is an excerpt from my book Principles of Prayer.

1. Authority to pray for the lost. Since God desires all people to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4) He must also want us to pray for their salvation. Here are three things that God desires us to pray for the lost: (1) that their hostility or indifference for the gospel would be broken down and that God would grant them repentance (2 Tim. 2:25); (2) that the soil of their hearts would be prepared for the seed of the Word of God so that His Word would not return void, but would accomplish what He desires (Is. 55:11); and (3) that they may be liberated from the power of Satan—delivered out of darkness and into God’s marvelous light (2 Tim 2:26).

These are just a few things we could pray for the lost. I would encourage you to claim in…

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The Gathering of the Elect at the Second Coming of Christ

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Just at the time that Christ comes to this earth to set up His kingdom, at the crucial time when all the nations of the earth are gathered together for war at a place called Armageddon (Rev. 16:16), He will gather together all the elect—all those who will be a part of the coming kingdom.

Matthew 24:29-31

But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, 30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a…

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Authority in Prayer: Three Ways to Execute Our Authority over Our Enemy

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Our power and authority is in Jesus Christ. If we position ourselves so that we are always abiding in Him we will have His authority. And it will come to us (as we are abiding) with the help of the Holy Spirit. When we ask Him to fill us and empower us He does it—and He gives us the holy life of Christ and exerts Christ’s authority in us and through us with power.

We do it in connection with prayer. Prayer is the normal means that God has bestowed on us to communicate with Him and to ask for His help in all things pertaining to our authority over our enemy. Here are three ways, in connection with prayer, in which we must execute our authority with power:

1. By prayer in the Holy Spirit.Prayer must always be in the Holy Spirit (Eph. 6:18). He helps us to…

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Twelve Phases of the Kingdom Of God

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For the last few months I’ve been busy studying the kingdom of God in all its phases—throughout history and into the future.  My primary focus in this study is the eleventh phase—the millennial kingdom of God.  That’s where I am at now, and I’m almost finished.   Anyway, my plan is to share with you this study, little by little in this blog.  Today you will get just an outline.

I. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN EDEN (It lasted about 2000 years—just an estimate.)

The kingdom of God was first realized in the Garden of Eden.  In this wonderful paradise God was sovereign and His sovereignty was delegated to man who would rule over the earth.

II. THE KINGDOM OF GOD UNDER HUMAN GOVERNMENT (about 500 years)

At this juncture in history, human government was God’s plan to protect and preserve the human race, and therefore, to keep His kingdom in…

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How to Pray Unceasingly — Four Points

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Unceasing prayer is so important and also very possible. The following discussion, centered on the Old Testament Tabernacle and the burning of incense, will help explain how we can pray unceasingly.

As we approach the important topic of burning the incense, which is symbolic of praying, let us consider how to answer the following four questions:

What makes the incense burn? As we have discussed in a previous post, the incense upon the golden altar was symbolic of Christ and His prayers. And the aroma of those prayers rose up to God only by the burning coals of the brazen altar, which prefigured His death for our sins on the cross.

But the question before us now is: what started (or ignited) the incense (which for us is the prayers) on the golden altar?   And what kept the prayers going?  Well, I believe it was, and is, the Holy Spirit. …

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Jews Prepare to Serve As Priests in the Third Temple

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According to a US New and World Report article, Jews are being trained for service as priests for the third temple. Unfortunately their service will probably not last for more than 3 1/3 years, and it will be under the harsh rule of the antichrist.

Many scholars believe that this temple will be built during the first 3 1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation period. Then right at the midpoint of the tribulation the antichrist will take over the temple. 2 Thess. 2:4 tells us that “he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” I would hate to be one of those priests during this time. I can’t imagine what the antichrist would require of them. But I think this 3rd temple will only last for 3 1/2 years until Christ returns. There is no indication in the Bible what will…

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Tap into the Power of Prayer by Loving Christ and His Cross

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In order to get the full benefit of Christ’s work for us on earth and in heaven—which would include receiving forgiveness of sins and answers to prayer—we must come to faith in His blood, rather we must trust Him and believe in the value of His shed blood for us.

I like what Charles Fuller has said:

You can never benefit from Christ’s work, typified by the Golden Altar, until you accept what He has done for you at the Brazen Altar. You can never have the confidence that Christ intercedes on your behalf, until you have accepted his atoning death for your sins.  Remember, to get to the Golden Altar you must first pass by the Brazen Altar where the sacrificial lamb was slain and offered up.  So likewise, to know Christ’s constant watch-care over your life, you must first humbly kneel at the foot of the Cross, confess…

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4 Possible Reasons Why Some Christians Don’t Seem to Love Christ or His Appearing — 2 Timothy 4:7-8

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2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. NASB

This verse really puzzles me and here’s why: most Christians I have observed don’t act like they will love His appearing. I mean they never talk about His coming, and so it seems that they do not anticipate or look forward to His coming. I have come up with these four ways to see this passage, or four possible reasons why some Christians don’t act like they love Christ or are looking forward to seeing Him.

1. It is possible that the Christians I observe really do look forward…

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Christ Makes Our Prayers as Sweet as Incense – Psalm 141:2

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In Psalm141:2, David prayed, “Let my prayers be set before You as incense…” What a prayer! David really had a heart for God, and he wanted to please Him with his prayers—he wanted his prayers to be as the sweet smell of incense that rose up to God continually in the tabernacle.

It is my prayer that we would desire that our prayers—and really, our whole life—would be as incense to God.

Consider what the writer to the Hebrews said in Hebrews 9:24: “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” M. R. DeHann comments on this verse:

The writer of Hebrews, therefore, leaves no doubt whatsoever about the typical significance of the tabernacle…the Holy Place (the tabernacle) was a ‘figure of the true’…

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These Nations Will One Day Be at Peace with Each Other: Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq— Isaiah 19:23-25

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Yes, these nations–Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq–will one day live in peace and worship together in peace—in the new millennial kingdom.

Isaiah 19:23-25
In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.

 

The highway referred to here could be a literal road connecting Egypt to Assyria (now Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran); and it would go through Israel. This is a highway of peace, which Israel will build between warring nations.

MacArthur comments from his The MacArthur…

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