Prayer Slew the Lion
The Emissary Kefa (Apostle Peter) counseled believers to be of sober spirit and to be on high alert for the purpose of prayer (1 Peter 4:7). Tefillah, the Hebrew word for prayer, calls for self-evaluation before praying. Tefillah prayer originates with self-assessment within one’s heart. Diligent, persistent, and tenacious prayer, coupled with reflection and self-judgment, are armament against every type of evil.
Prayer is the missile which is aimed at the accuser HaSatan (the satan). The Adversary introduced in 1 Chronicles 21:1 prowls around as a roaring lion seeking someone to maliciously devour (1 Peter 5:8). Peter offered this warning as a shepherd who, while guarding the flock of the Almighty, had spied a circling lion.
In Hebrew thinking, the Accuser functions as a legal opponent in a courtroom. The opponent litigates, before Elohim the Judge, every infraction of the law committed by His people. Any breach of Torah becomes a violent grievance in formal legal arguments.
He accuses Elohim to men, and men to Elohim, to pit them against one another over scripture's royal laws (Job 1:6; Job 17:6). HaSatan seeks judgment and punishment for all who have missed the high mark of the Torah.
Yet, prayer defeats him. In the words of Revelation 12:11, “They defeated him because of the Lamb’s blood and because of the message of their witness.” Prayer contains the message of the believer’s witness. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective because his testimony is fighting on his behalf (James 5:16).
As we offer prayers to the Almighty today, our prayers will be the testimony which fights for us.
Published July 13, 2017