Reigning in the place of prayer and worship – Part 14
As kings and priests, our calling is to reign. In Deuteronomy 15:6, we read about this great promise made to Israel: “For the Lord your God will bless you, just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.”
Israel was chosen to be an example to the nations. God’s blessings on her were to be very pronounced, and she was to reign over the nations through her economic prowess. The Church has a similar mandate in Christ.
All kings derive their authority to rule from a higher authority. Paul states that we have been raised together and made to sit together with Christ in the heavenly places. That is the vantage place of authority, (Eph.2: 6). Christ’s victory at the cross qualifies the Church to rule and reign from a vantage point.
What Does It Mean To Reign?
Jonas Clark makes the following clarification on what it means to reign as kings and priests: “The word “kingdom” is malkuth meaning dominion, reign, realm, kingdom, and sovereignty. The same word is closely related to mâlak, meaning to be king and ruler, to make king and ruler, or to become king and ruler. So, you can see your part as a “dominion of priest” destined to reign…Reigning is different from escaping. It’s evident in scripture that Christ never intended to save you, so you could escape from this world. Indeed, He saved you so you could overcome the world…The ministry of Christ is not yet finished and there is still much to do. “For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:25). The enemies of Christ are opposing the dominion of God. Nevertheless, Christ has a faithful remnant serving him in their generation. This remnant understands the words kingdom, dominion, rule, reign, and restoration.”
Reigning Through Pray And Worship
One of the surest ways to reign as kings and priests is through prayer and worship. Under God, we reign, when we exercise our authority in prayer and worship. For example, through prayer, we ask God to release labourers into His harvest field. Through prayer, we obtain resources for the work. Through prayer and worship, we release men and communities that are held in captivity from Satan’s bondage. Through prayer and worship, we ask the Father to open the eyes of the blind, so that they would understand His Will and purpose. Also, through prayer and worship, we bind principalities and powers.
We reign over the nation, when we make the fragrance of Jesus felt in every sphere of society. Be it in politics, in the banking hall, at home, in the media, in the entertainment industry, we need to make the fragrance of Jesus felt.
The Church In Acts Of The Apostles
The Church, in the book of Acts of the Apostles, reigned in the place of prayer. Their prayers healed the sick and set the captives free. Their prayer released Peter from prison and triggered an earthquake that saw the release of Paul and Silas from prison. Through prayer, doors and opportunities opened for them to preach the gospel.
Call To Prayer
The recent call to a 21-day prayer by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and a One-Year Prayer Project by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) is the Church’s opportunity to reign over the nation’s affairs. Every Christian must be a part of this prayer over the destiny of our nation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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