End Time Prayer
By Mark Finley
Although prayer has been at the heart of the Christian church for centuries, it is doubly important in this crisis hour of earth’s history. Satan has unleashed demonic spirits to bring deception, disaster, and death to our planet. God will not be caught by surprise. He will pour out His Spirit in latter rain power on His praying church. The “loud cry” of Revelation’s third angel will sound from one end of the earth to the other.
The apostle John states, “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven with great authority and the earth was illuminated with his glory.” (Rev. 18:1)
The angel descends from the glorious presence of God in the throne room of the universe with the commission to warn the inhabitants of the earth of what is coming. The text says that the angel comes with “great authority.” The New Testament Greek word for authority is “Exousia.” Jesus uses this word in the gospel of Matthew in harmony with the sending out of His disciples. In Matthew 10:1, Jesus gives His disciples “authority” over the principalities and powers of hell. He sends them out with the divine power to be victorious in the battle between good and evil. In Matthew 28:18, He once again sends them out but this time with “all authority in heaven and earth to go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”
When the disciples left their prayer session in the upper room at Pentecost, they went forth with the authority of the living Christ. In a few short years, the disciples proclaimed the gospel to the then known world (Col. 1:23).
At the end of time the Holy Spirit will be poured out on a praying people in unprecedented power. The gospel will rapidly be spread to the ends of the earth. Thousands will be converted in a day. God’s grace and truth will impact the entire planet.
The devil is not going to surrender without a major fight. We will soon enter the battle of the ages between good and evil. Paul’s counsel to the Ephesians speaks to us with increasing relevance today. “Finally, brethren be strong in the Lord and the power of His might…For we do not battle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6: 6-10)
We are in a real battle between good and evil. What is Paul’s counsel? “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
In this battle Jesus is our strength in weakness. Jesus is our light in darkness. Jesus is our victory in temptation. Jesus is our hope in despair. Jesus is our mighty conqueror. The apostle Paul reminds us that “… the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down of strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)
In Christ, the devil is a defeated foe. Whatever attacks you face, whatever temptations the evil one throws at you, whatever challenges you are confronted with, whatever difficulties you experience, you can face Satan in the Name of Jesus. He has never lost a battle with the devil yet. He is the Mighty Conqueror pulling down the strongholds of hell, triumphing over the powers of evil and defeating the enemy in our behalf. Through prayer there is power in Jesus to defeat the devil every time.
Mark Finley is a well-known international evangelist, author and assistant to the president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
If there has ever been a time when God’s people need to engage in much prayer, it is now. We are living in the last days and faced with the final events. Satan very much desires to destroy the church and its members. His greatest fear is that believers will be thoroughly connected to Jesus and glorify Him through a life of love, truth, and service.
Whatever attacks from Satan you might be facing, you can trust in Jesus to come through for you.
Do you long for that victorious end-time faith that will stand no matter the test? Why not spend some extra quality time in prayer with Jesus today, drinking deep from the Fountain of eternal life, love and truth, and being equipped for service to Him in these last days?
- Pray for God to develop in you an end time faith that works through love.
- Pray for spiritual fortitude, through a strong connection with Jesus, to resist and endure the devil’s attacks and temptations.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to bless today’s General Conference Session business meetings with the many decisions for the world church.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide in the election of leadership that will humbly honor His Word and unselfishly advance the mission of the church.
- Pray that many will visit the General Conference session onsite and virtual internet prayer rooms.
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