“…and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18b).
Simply put, to pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done” is to pray a spiritual warfare prayer. This prayer is to say to God that you, with Jesus’ Spirit, are partnering together against all the forces of wickedness in making God’s rule effective to usurp the evil rule of the devil. Don’t be afraid, though. Jesus told us that “the gates of hell shall not prevail” against the church (Matthew 16:18, KJV). It means that we storm those gates rather than let the enemy set up citadels for evil. That is what this prayer is about.
Majestic Father, give me eyes to see the deception of the enemy so that I might partner with the Spirit of Jesus against his wicked schemes. I pray for awareness to recognize his work, and for insight and wisdom to defeat his influence over my life through the power of Your Name.
Adapted from Power Praying: Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer by David Chotka. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the Lord, “our dwelling place throughout all generations” (Ps. 90:1). Thank God for the security you’ve found through faith. Confess ways you’ve rejected that security this week. Commit yourself to starting each morning satisfied with God’s unfailing love (90:14). Ask how you might vary your morning routine to better begin the day with God.
Pray that Bible studies, households, and cell groups in your congregation will inspire members to deeper bonds and faith-directed action.
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend