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April 30, 2023

When Prayer Doesn't Work, Speak

Matthew 16:15 He said to them, But you, who do you say that I am? (16) And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. (18) And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Sometimes everything around us seems to be in confusion; Satan mocks us and tells us that we are through. At such times, prayer may not work, and the best thing to do is to declare loudly, "Jesus is Lord!" You will find that the difficulties are nothing and Satan's mockery is nothing. When you are put into any trial, you should rise up to speak. You may speak in your own room or in the prayer meeting. But wherever you are, you should say, "Jesus is Lord!" and tell Him "You are!" The Lord likes to hear such a declaration. This will give us strength from within.... If we have not seen the relationship between the church and the gates of Hades, we will not realize the importance of speaking; we will think that believing in the heart or praying is all that is needed. But if we see that the church is here to close the gates of Hades, we will realize that a declaration of who Jesus of Nazareth is is a declaration with life, with power, and with authority. Some can testify that they have often encountered difficulties before the Lord, and they could not get through no matter how hard they tried to believe. It seemed as if neither faith, prayer, nor supplications would work. But one day they stood up and said, "Lord, You are the Lord, You are the King! You have trodden the devil under. You are the One who has destroyed the work of the devil!" When they declared this, the power came.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Central Messages, pp. 121-122. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: [email protected].

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CWWN - vol. 36 (Central Messages)