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Summary: Warfare Praying


Dr. D. K. Olukoya

We are starting this message by reading two scriptures that are common: Mark 4:34-41,

But without a parable spake he not unto them and when they were alone he expounded all things to His disciples. And the same day when the even was come he said unto them, let us pass over unto the other side. They did not decide to pass over by themselves. Jesus said let us pass over. Their passing over has divine approval. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship; And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of waves and the winds beat into the ship so that it was not full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship asleep on a pillow, although the ship was filled with water. And they awake him and said unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose and rebuked the wind and said unto the sea, peace be still. And the wind, ceased and there was a great calm. And he said unto them why are ye so fearful; how is it that you have no faith. And they feared exceedingly; and they said one to another, What manner of man is this? That even the wind and the sea obey him.

(In like manner shall every storm present in your life be paralysed, in Jesus’ name). In the book of Matthew 8:23-26, we find the same story:

And when he was entered into a ship, the disciples followed him, and behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea in so much that the ship was covered with the waves, but he was asleep. And the disciples came unto him, and awoke him, saying Lord, save us; we perish. And he said unto them, why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Now, from these two passages, we understand that Jesus rebuked the wind.

The word ’rebuked’ used here is the same language that Jesus used for demons, sickness, powers of darkness, etc. He addressed the storm as if he was addressing a human being. It translates "to be silenced" or put in the proper Greek meaning, it means, to be "muzzled." The muzzle is something you put in the mouth of a horse to keep it from eating or causing trouble. He told the storm to be muzzled.

Life, as you know is a mystery. There are powers that govern the universe and lack of understanding of these powers could lead to all kinds of problem. It sometimes makes the difference between success and failure. Life experiences can be very bitter and sometimes very sweet and it is filled with motions and counter-motions.

We say that one man’s food is another man’s poison. Your most important desire may be hurtful to another person.

This is what we call the battle of life. For example, when some people wake up, they make positive statements, while others make contrary statements to counter the positive ones without meaning any harm.

For example, a farmer prays for rain to fall so that his crop can grow, he can sell them and be able to meet his responsibilities. But a footballer who wants to play in a match would pray that the rain should not fall. Both of them are praying to counter each other. A contractor too would pray that rain should not fall at his site so that he can complete his work, and consequently collect his money. The man who builds coffins prays to prosper, but you and I will say, "I shall not die but live to declare the works of God."

So our good intentions are often countered: that is the battle of life. A medical doctor prays to have patients, but nobody prays to be sick. The lawyer wants business, meaning that he wants more people to get into trouble. And the prison warder too will be jobless if nobody goes to jail. This is why the world is full of trials and tribulations, such that princes are converted to those who run after horses.

Satan has converted those who should be ruling to those who draw water and cut woods. This is why we need to know what to do when the storms come.

As Christians attending churches, the most sought after thing is our peace. Once peace is withdrawn, every other thing becomes useless. If you go to the bar beach at night, you will find people having their bath, just to have or recover their lost peace.

You find people hiding all kinds of charm underneath their garments because they are looking for peace. The devil knows that man is looking for peace. Jesus Himself is the Prince of peace. Therefore, the first thing the devil likes to steal from people is peace. And when this has been stolen, storms will come.

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