KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:18-19 “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 said that,” the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church”. Men without Jesus are held in chains of darkness. They are bound under Satan’s power (Acts 26:15). These ones must be set free. 2nd Corinthians 4:4 says “in whom the God of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not…” Many of those who believe not the gospel have been blinded by the demons of hell. They have all been bound by sin, and many are tormented with sicknesses.
It is our duty to set them free. Prayer, consistent prayer is one main means to break the power of the darkness over these souls. Jesus said my house shall be called the house of prayer (Matthew 21:13). The church must be a place of prayer. The individual Christian is the temple of God and must pray for the salvation of these men. Remember James 5:16 says “The effectual fervent (heart felt, continuous) prayer of righteous man makes tremendous power available and it is dynamic in its working. (Amp bible)
Many people see the church as a place where their prayer needs would be answered. Yes, God answers the request of His children, yet the main purpose of the church is to destroy the works of the devil. This includes saving the lost, healing the sick and virtually every work of the devil in the lives of men must be broken.
If you have been in the church for over one year and all your concern and focus is to ask God to meet your needs ,forgetting about winning the lost, then you have not come to terms with your reason to become a Christian.
It is very unfortunate to find certain churches who do not focus on winning lost souls and for that matter, they do not prepare their members for soul winning and interceding for the lost souls.
Be an intercessor for the souls of men.
I have given myself over to interceding and winning the lost. I will depopulate hell to populate heaven.
1 Samuel 12:23 ” Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way”: Matthew 21:13 ” And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves”.
Prayer Point: In the name of Jesus may all those that Satan has blinded their minds be set free.