I was reading Frank Peretti’s This present darkness recently and I was enthralled. Firstly the story was well written, I loved the arrangement of words on paper and all of that…but it was the message behind the book that really got to me: Prayer. Pray without ceasing/season.
The book was centred on the passage Ephesians 6: 12 – “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Despite the fact that it talked about the small town of Ashton which was going to be sold off to a diabolical tycoon and how the prayers of a real man of God and an unrelenting reporter stopped the whole process, it was the underlying story of what takes place in the heavenlies that got me thinking (would put up the review of the book soon).
It is important as Christians that we pray. Prayer in itself is talking with God, but in that talking, just talking with God, a lot of spiritual warfare occurs. And according to Peretti, the strength of our guarding angels lies in the fervency of our prayers and I totally agree. Another lesson I got from the book was recognizing the power in the name of Jesus. A lot of Christians take this part for a joke and we should start rectifying that. According to Proverbs 18: 10 – “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it and is safe.” It is that simple, Jesus saves! If you don’t call it, you cannot be safe!
In essence, all I have been trying to sermonize can be summarized into one statement: PRAY ALWAYS. Let your prayer be without season, pray without ceasing. Remember, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and wickedness in high places…