By Apostle Tonya
In the Beginning, it was the deception of the Destroyer in the Garden of Eden that caused the Fall of Man. Today, the enemy continues with his strategy to use those who will yield to him to carry-out his conspiracies to attempt to kill, steal and destroy the Plan of Jehovah God in our lives (just as recorded in the Book of Genesis 3).
It is the effectual prayers of the righteous which availeth us with power to restrain the enemy assignments sent against us. As believers, we must be of a faithful spirit and exercise our dominion and authority in the spiritual realm seated in Heavenly Places. In the spirit, we war and win. The victory has already been secured by our Blessed Master at The Cross.
One day, as I sat in my living room writing on intercession it was most interesting to read again the Webster’s definition of the word, restrain: to prevent someone or something from doing something. Marvelously, as I pondered on it, the Holy Spirit gently openeth my eyes in the spirit to the glorious art of war that manifest when we pray. There, mighty Angels come for the Words (given to us to pray and decree) of the Great Architecture to restrain the enemy for our success in accomplishing His Divine Plan.
Further into my study, in the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance I was surprised at the strength in the word matsar which is defined in the English language as restraint, control. Consequently, the definition of matsar which means to hold back from acting accurately depicts what occurs in the spirit when we pray as our Lord Jesus has taught us in Matthew 6:9-13. Our prayers hold back the enemy from acting against us! This is a most powerful truth manifested in the intercession ministry of a pure heart; as it most certainly was with the Apostle Peter.
Certainly, one of my most dearest chapters in the Bible is that of the courageous Queen Esther handing Haman the Agagite (the enemy of the Jews) a magnificent defeat as she called a fast to intercede for the Jews. Esther 4. As you recall, the story of Haman’s plot to annihilate the Jews began shortly after his promotion. We read of his tragic plan unfolding most profoundly in Esther 3:6:
And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
The enemy entered into the heart of Haman who was second-in-command to King Ahasuerus. The Devourer sought Haman’s heart to carry-out his plan to annihilate the Jews. Haman, even ensured that his plan was published that all Jews, both young and old would be destroyed and killed. The Scripture records the great mourning among the Jews as they learned of this decree. Esther, after receiving word from Mordecai of the decree called a fast to restrain the enemy. It was effectual fervent prayers that restrained the Destroyer and the boldness and wisdom of Esther which ultimately overturned satan’s plan. Esther 7:9-10, Esther 8:5, Esther 8:7-14. Thy Lord’s will was done. Amen.
Father, I decree Your Son, the King of Glory will giveth grace for your intercessors to persevere in prayer and overturn every assignment fashioned for their failure. Thy will be done, Father. In the Name of Yeshua Hamashiach, Amen.
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