DAY 9 - Pray for those Involved in False Religions and the Occult
Pastor Kerrick Butler
Faith Christian Center Smyrna, GA
Good morning. Welcome to day 9 of our 30 days of prayer. I am so glad that you joined us. My name is Kerrick Butler. I pastor Faith Christian Center of Georgia. I am so glad that you are a part of our 30 days of prayer. Keep going. Your prayer is making a difference. Today we are praying for those who are involved in false religions and the occult. One of the things that you have to understand is they are not our enemy. The Bible says we don’t fight against flesh and blood. We don’t war against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. Those are our enemies. The people in false religions and cults – those are the people that God loves. God loves them. We are called to love them. We are called to pray for them. We are called to be a light unto them. And we are called to witness to them. So today we are going to pray for them, as the Scripture tells us to. It says in first Timothy 2, verse 4 that God wills that all people be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth. It is the will of God that everybody is to be saved. But the will of God is not automatic. We have a part to play. People must align their will with the will of God, but also as believers, it is our part to pray for those who are in false religions and the occult. It tells us in second Corinthians 4:4 that Satan has blinded the eyes of those who don’t believe. He has blinded the minds and the eyes of those who do not believe in Jesus. And so this darkness in front of the eyes and the minds of those who are in false religions and the occult – and one of the ways we can handle that darkness is through prayer. You should pray an inspired prayer from Scripture in Ephesians chapter 1 and that is what we’re going to do today. We are going to pray for those starting with those in our area, in our city, in our community, in our state, in our province, in our nation because that is where we have influence. We are going to pray for them and the Holy Spirit is going to use our prayer and cause that darkness to back up off all those people’s eyes. Ready to pray? Let’s pray. Father I thank you for this opportunity to pray. We come boldly to the throne of grace, receiving grace and mercy, and help in our time of need. We take our place seated with you at your right hand in heavenly places, far above all things. You put all things under our feet and we use the name that is above every name – the name of Jesus. We pray for those who are in our neighborhood, our community, our city, our states, our provinces, and our nation, and our spears of influence who are in false religions and in occult. We lift them up to you, Father, and first of all we ask for mercy. We ask that you grant them time and space to repent, and that you provide mercy that will keep them from what the enemy is trying to bring into their lives. We ask for mercy and time to be granted unto them and we pray that you, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give unto them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of you, that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened, that they may know what is the hope of your calling and what the riches of glory of the inheritance of saints and exceeding greatness of your power towards us who believe, according to the work of your mighty power, which is wrought in us in Christ when He raised us from the dead and set us at your own right hand in heavenly places, far above all things. You put all things under our feet. We command that darkness to dissipate. We command that darkness to back up, in the authority of Jesus. We hold the blood of Jesus against you. Now, Father, we pray that you send right person across their path, the right podcast, the right broadcast, the right meme – so they can understand and know Jesus and be won to the kingdom of God. We thank you for it, in Jesus name. Amen.