Violent Prayers

Greetings reader, may the God of heaven be exalted, the great and everlasting God who rules and reigns forever and ever. I want to begin with a scripture that puzzled me for quite some time as a believer because I did not understand how God would allow his kingdom to be raided so in my mind I thought surely this must have been satans kingdom because satan’s kingdom was also located in the spiritual realm(Matthew 12:25-26). The scripture is located in Matthew 11, Jesus is preaching in the towns of Galilee, and at this period in time, John the Baptist is imprisoned and is concerned about his imprisonment, having the knowledge that Jesus came to set the captives free, surely John the baptist must have thought the messiah would come to set him free. As a sort of cry for help, he sends his disciples to ask Jesus if he really had the authority to set captives free. Jesus’s response to John the Baptist’s disciples was as follows(Matthew 11:4-6):

4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

Here we see Jesus knowing John’s intentions for sending his disciples, he affirms his role in setting the captives free and ends on a note of encouragement for John by saying “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me” meaning it is sometimes easy for us to forget that because things are difficult it does not mean God is not with us and as such we should continue in righteousness until death because being a martyr is also testimony to the gospel of Gods eternal kingdom. The chapter continues and John’s role in God’s ministry is acknowledged before and in addition to the verses listed below. This is where the kingdom of heaven is identified as God’s kingdom in Matthew 11:11.

11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist, yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.

Here Jesus is speaking about the impact of John’s ministry and even though upon till this point in time no Ministry is seen as greater than John’s ministry, it is the fellow believers that are credited with having greater access to the kingdom of heaven through violent raids of intercession.

 How is it possible that the believers would have greater access to the Kingdom of heaven through prayer than John the baptize who Jesus said was Elijah(Matthew 11:14). The answer I believe can be found if we look at John’s purpose demonstrated in the book of Mark 1:2

 “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”

 In that scripture, we see that John was preparing a way for God because clearly we did not know who God was and at that time the world only knew God through his commands embedded in his word, and were less capable of building a relationship with him. So much so that John 1:10 says,

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

Now having prepared God’s grand entrance, God could now draw us unto himself in such a way we would become one with God by the power of his holy spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13

 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

 If we are now one with God should we now have access to God’s Kingdom? Absolutely! The scripture uses the word “violently” and if we were to translate the word further, a more modern term would be “resolved determination”

Saints of God let us now be resolved in our determination through intercession. As times are growing darker the world needs intercessors more than ever. Let us now free ourselves from the worship of denominations and church leaders and cleve to the one that has called us into his holy fellowship his Majesty Jesus Christ.

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