Prayer and Spiritual Bandits
By Julio Severo
Just as there are bandits in the real world, there are spiritual bandits, called demons.
Invisible bandits steal and destroy everything they can, and whisper lies in people’s ears.
Therefore, Christians who pray are instructed by the Bible to pray for everyone, including government officials. The Bible says:
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)
Prayer does things that no human power does. Prayer brings the invisible power of God against invisible forces that can only be stopped through spiritual intervention.
There is no human army strong enough to defeat demons, the spiritual bandits.
However, Christians received from Jesus all power and authority to defeat and cast out demons. For this spiritually military mission, they are given several supernatural spiritual gifts, including great spiritual insight, to see the spirit world and to accurately aim their prophetic prayers.
The natural world, although suffering the consequences of the actions of spiritual bandits, does not see the invisible world. But Satanists can limitedly see the invisible world. They know that Satan exists because they see demons working in the spirit world.
Satanists are puppets of spiritual bandits.
In prayer, intercessory Christians can, through supernatural visions of the Holy Spirit, weaken the action of demons and make room for the supernatural action of God.
With spiritual vision, God shows not only what spiritual bandits are doing, but what the heavenly police officers — the angels — can do. Angels are not motionless beings in heaven. The Bible portrays them as beings of God sent on a mission to serve Christians who will inherit salvation. That is, the angels are moving in our favor:
“Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14 ESV)
With spiritual vision, we can see how the angels are working here on earth to serve Christians.
There are countless problems in this world that can only be solved through prayer and the supernatural vision of God. With such a view, spiritual Christians can collaborate with God in the mission that angels have on earth for us. I mention “spiritual Christians” because there is a big difference between them and carnal Christians, who only see the natural world.
Spiritual bandits have little power against spiritual-minded Christians.
Rulers and many others need the prayers of Christian intercessors.