"So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. (Acts 19:20)."
In 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2, the apostle Paul asked for the saints to pray for him and other ministers with him that they may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men who were against faith and the preaching of the gospel: “finally my brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”
He wanted the word of God to grow mightily and prevail among the gentiles; how we need to pray such prayers in our nations today!
When decrees and laws are enacted that are anti-Christian or against the preaching of the Gospel, we must be aware that such things are done by unreasonable and wicked men who have found their way into power for their own selfish ends. But we can stop them in their tracks. As a matter of fact, God expects us to, because in the 3rd verse of 2 Thessalonians 3, we are given the assurance that we have his attention when we pray against such: “But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.”
There’s so much power in the church, but we can’t discover the extent and potency of the power we possess with our mouth shut. For the power to be effective, we’re going to have to pray and declare what we want to see in our countries. We’re not at the mercy of the evil machinations and the machinations of unreasonable and wicked men, irrespective of the position they occupy. We have the divine authority to cause a change. All that’s necessary is for one righteous man to or woman to be stirred enough to pray that the wicked acts, schemes, policies, and stratagems to frustrate God’s people and the preaching of the Gospel in his country be brought to naught.
I challenge you today to be that righteous man or woman who will take a stand in prayer and not stop praying until the Word of God grows mightily and prevails in your nation.