There is a great move against spiritual Israel and natural Israel. Both are in the focus of Satan. Satan would like to wipe natural Israel off the face of the earth. We are spiritual Israel, the seed of Abraham; therefore, we have the blessings of Abraham flowing to us. The spiritual prayer warriors can pray blessings upon those that need to be blessed and a curse upon the enemy that works to destroy the church. We can pray to confuse him and to bind him.
By T. W. Barnes
This chapter is not dealing with the local church; however, I thank God for a local church. I could not imagine living without church—a place to gather where we have a pastor and good saints who know how to pray. A church that always has its doors open to whosoever will come. The church seeks to bring out the best in us. Many people are successful and blessed today because they found the Lord in the local church. The church is a place for your children to grow up. What kind of children would our children be had they never entered a church house door. Thank God we have a local church to come to where we can pray for one another.
In this chapter I will deal with the worldwide church.
Matthew 16: 13-19: “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The Lord planned the church from the foundation of the world. He planned how to build it and how to run it. He has made this very plain to us. The Lord did not give the keys to Peter only, but He gave the keys to the kingdom to the church. We read in Matthew 1 8 if your brother sin against you, bring him before the church. The 118th verses of this chapter: Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be hound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven is proof that the keys were not given to Peter only, but to the church of the Living God. It is so important for the church to learn to pray. Evil powers raging in our nation and around the world need to be subdued. This can only happen through prayer. Nothing can take the place of Holy Ghost praying. When we pray in the Holy Ghost we build ourselves up in the most holy faith.
The United Pentecostal Church realizes this principle. The World Network of Prayer is doing much to bring the church worldwide together in prayer. Only through prayer can the church subdue these evil powers and spirits that rule over the nations of our world. God is beginning to work great and mighty miracles. You watch as the church worldwide prays for revival. Revival will break out everywhere.
Before the flood the people were eating and drinking and marrying. I wonder on their last night upon this earth what they were thinking? What were they feeling? What were they talking about on this last night? Millions would soon drown. Only eight souls upon the earth would be alive. Yet, they ate and they drank; they didn’t know until it was too late.