Binding The Strongman
Scriptures For Meditation — Mark 3:27; Luke 11:21-22
Jesus talks about “The Strongman” in our scriptures for meditation today. This is a descriptive term of the sway that Satan exerts over people and places.
He tells us that unless the strongman is bound, we cannot just enter into his territory or area of dominion and influence, and hope to plunder his goods.
Extending our application of the scripture that we meditated on yesterday (Jer 29:7) and the quotation on deliverance, we will be praying for the physical location of the church today — the community in which the church is situated, and the school premises itself.
It follows from our opening scriptures, that for the church to prosper in its ministry of winning souls, delivering people from the oppression of the powers of darkness and enforcing the will of God in their lives and in the community, the strongman has first to be bound and incapacitated!
The bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12 Amplified Bible (AMP) —
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
Reading this from the perspective of the earlier two scriptures (above), we begin to see what we might have to deal with, in praying for the prosperity of the church and our ministry in the community.
There are spiritual forces in every geographical area that have been entrenched and exercise dominion, authority or influence over the areas and the people.
These powers of darkness actively work to resist the progress or effectiveness of the work of God’s kingdom in the communities and in the lives of the people.
But the Bible also tells us in John 1:5 that the light shines in darkness and the darkness cannot overwhelm it; and also in 1John 3:8, that Jesus Christ came to destroy all the works of the evil one!
Let’s bring the community that the church is situated (Barnet, Finchley, East End Road) and the school (Christ’s College Finchley – The organisation and the physical premises) before God. Let’s plead the blood of Jesus Christ over the area, the school and the people, that the blood will begin to speak on their behalf.
Let’s petition God to send forth His angelic hosts to begin to war on our behalf to overpower the forces of evil that are operating to hinder the work of the gospel.
In the Name of Jesus Christ, let’s pray that the strongman operating over the area be bound, and let’s lose the community, the people and the school from the power and influence of satanic forces that are in operation.
Let’s pray that the will of God in the area concerning His kingdom the people of the community and the school be fully established.
Let’s pray for the welfare and prosperity of the community, the people and the school; let’s pray especially, that the influence of the kingdom of God will expand and the work of this ministry will prosper.
Let’s pray that God will release the community, the people and the school from the hold of Satan and his forces, that God will give us the keys to the gates of the community and the hearts of the people, to free them from the dominion of Satan, and bring them into the light of the kingdom of God.
Let’s pray that we will begin to see souls saved regularly, the people delivered and set free to worship the LORD and planted in the LIGHTHOUSE to increase the church.