Prayer is not begging God to do something He doesn’t want to do. It is not overcoming reluctance in God. It is, rather, enforcing Christ’s victory over Satan. It is implementing upon earth heaven’s decisions concerning human affairs. Calvary legally destroyed Satan and canceled all of his claims. God placed the enforcement of Calvary’s victory in the hands of the Church (see Matthew 18:18; Luke 10:17-19).
He has given to the Church His “power of attorney”, or made her His “deputy”. But this delegated authority is wholly inoperative apart from the prayers of a believing Church. Prayer, therefore, is where the action is. Any group of Christians without a well-organized and systematic program of prayer is simply operating a religious treadmill.
But a program of prayer without faith is powerless. The missing element that is necessary to energize prevailing prayer that binds and casts out Satan is triumphant faith.
And the missing element necessary to energize triumphant faith is PRAISE! — perpetual, purposeful, aggressive PRAISE! Praise is the highest form of prayer because it combines petition with faith. PRAISE IS THE SPARK PLUG OF FAITH. It is the one thing needed to get faith airborne, enabling it to soar above the deadly swamp of doubt. Praise is the detergent that purifies faith and purges doubt from the heart.
The secret of ANSWERED PRAYER is faith without doubt (Mark 11:23). And the secret of faith without doubt is praise — triumphant praise, continuous praise, praise that is a way of life. This is the solution to the problem of a living faith and successful prayer.
The secret of success in overcoming Satan and becoming prepared for the throne is a massive program of effective prayer. The secret of effective prayer is a massive program of PRAISE!
Judy Estey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by: Del Yoder
These paragraphs are taken, with some adaptation, from the Introduction to DESTINED FOR THE THRONE, a book by Paul E. Billheimer, Bethany House Publishers, 1973. Available in most Christian bookstores