Prayer, Authority & Overcoming Satan

"...over all the power of the enemy..."

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Luke 10: 19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” 

2Cor 10: 4,5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”

James 4: 7  “Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Col 2: 10, 15  “And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power....  Having disarmed principalities and powers, he made  a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

Col 1: 13  “He has delivered us from the power of darkness, and conveyed us into the kingdom of His dear Son.”

1John 4: 4  “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

1John 3: 8  “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

Rom 16: 20  “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.”

Rev 12: 11: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”


“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.”  Anonymous Christian, The Kneeling Christian

James Fraser:
“Let prayer be a...definite fighting and resisting of Satan’s host in the name of Christ.  I like to read passages of Scripture such as 1John 3: 8 and Rev 12: 11 in prayer, as direct weapons against Satan.  I often find it a means of much added strength and liberty in prayer to fight this way.  Nothing cuts like the word of the Living God.”  Eileen  Crossman, Mountain Rain,  (Robesonia, PA: OMF Books, 1987), p .94.

“It is one of the most subtle wiles of the foe to get us occupied with superficial and surface concerns....  The enemy is delighted to have us so occupied incessantly with secondary and trivial concerns as to keep us from attacking and resisting in the true spirit of the conflict.”  Eileen  Crossman, Mountain Rain,  (Robesonia, PA: OMF Books, 1987), p. 111, 112.

S D Gordon:
“In my Master’s Name I want to speak to every reader personally, and ask you to think of the field where you are serving, and ask you to think of the loved ones you would win for Jesus Christ.  And, in His Name, I repeat His words to you: ‘I Jesus, have given you authority over all the power of the enemy.’  Now use your authority.  Have you been doing it?  Step in where He leads you.  ‘Every place where the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given you.’  Let us take what the Master has won.  Asking means taking; it doesn’t mean pleading with God.  He is far more eager than ever we are. It means that in the Name of Jesus Christ, the bloodstained, the sin-scarred, the Calvary-torn, Jesus Christ, in His Name, house after house, and square foot of ground after square foot of ground, and man after man, to take these from the enemy in ‘Christ’s great Name.’”  S D Gordon Prayer Changes Things,  p. 39.

“We have the right, as we are simply obedient, to use that Name.  As we do use it under the marvelous Holy Spirit’s guidance, going step by step as He leads, we may take out of the hand of the evil one, men, and women, and property, and gold, and all that we need, because the Lord Jesus has said, ‘All authority hath been given unto Me over all the earth.’  “Shall we take, in Jesus’ Name, what belongs to us by the right of His death and resurrection?” S D Gordon Prayer Changes Things,  p. 44

“This great renegade prince is an actual active factor in the lives of men.  He believes in the potency of prayer.  He fears it.  He can hinder its results for a while.  He does his best to hinder it, and to hinder as long as possible....  Prayer overcomes him.  It defeats his plans and himself.  He cannot successfully stand before it.  He trembles when some man of simple faith in God prays.  Prayer is insistence upon God’s will being done.  It needs for its practice a man in sympathetic touch with God.  Its basis is Jesus’ victory.  It overcomes the opposing will of the great traitor-leader.”  S D Gordon Quiet Talks on Prayer

John MacMillan:
“Authoritative intercessors are men and women, whose eyes have been opened to the full knowledge of their place in Christ. To them the Word of God has become a battle chart on which is detailed the plan of campaign of the hosts of the Lord. They realize that they have been appointed by Him for oversight of certain sections of the advance, and they have humbly accepted His commission. Deeply conscious of their own personal unworthiness and insufficiency, they yet believe God’s statement concerning their identification with Christ in His throne power. . . . Their prayer closet becomes a council chamber from which spiritual commands go forth. . . . They have caught His thought concerning the method of the advance of His kingdom.”  John MacMillan,  The Authority of the Believer, p. 75.

Ellen White:
“The prayer of faith is the great strength of the Christian, and will assuredly prevail against Satan. This is why (Satan) insinuates that we have no need of prayer. The name of Jesus, our Advocate, he detests; and when we earnestly come to Him for help, Satan’s host is alarmed. It serves his purpose well if we neglect the exercise of prayer, for then his lying wonders are more readily received.” Ellen White, Testimonies, Vol 1, p. 296. (1862)

“If the curtain could be rolled back, and each one could discern the constant activities of the heavenly family to preserve the inhabitants of the earth from Satan’s seductive wiles, lest in their careless attitude they should be led astray through satanic strategy, they would lose a large degree of their self-confidence and self-assurance. They would see that the armies of heaven are in continual warfare with satanic agencies, to obtain victories in behalf of those who do not sense their danger, and who are passing on in unconscious indifference.” Ellen White, In Heavenly Places,  p. 98.

“Prayer unites us with one another and with God. Prayer brings Jesus to our side, and gives to the fainting, perplexed soul new strength to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. Prayer turns aside the attacks of Satan.”  Ellen White, Reflecting Christ, p. 275.

“If we worship in spirit and in truth and in the beauty of holiness, it will be to us the very gate of heaven.  As lessons of the wondrous works of God are repeated, and as the heart’s gratitude is expressed in prayer and song, angels from heaven take up the strain and unite in praise and thanksgiving to God.  These exercises drive back the power of Satan.  They expel murmurings and complainings, and Satan loses ground.” Ellen White, Review & Herald, Oct 24, 1899.

“Satan is ever ready to insinuate that prayer is a mere form, and avails us nothing. He cannot bear to have his powerful rival appealed to. At the sound of fervent prayer, the hosts of darkness tremble. Fearing that their captive may escape, they form a wall around him, that Heaven’s light may not reach his soul. But if in his distress and helplessness the sinner looks to Jesus, pleading the merits of his blood, our compassionate Redeemer listens to the earnest, persevering prayer of faith, and sends to his deliverance a re-enforcement of angels that excel in strength. And when these angels, all-powerful, clothed with the armor of Heaven, come to the help of the fainting, pursued soul, the angels of darkness fall back, well knowing that their battle is lost, and that one more soul is escaping from the power of their influence.”   Ellen White, Signs of the Times, November 18, 1886.

“Satan attacks us at our weak points; but we need not be overcome. The assault may be severe and protracted, but God has promised help for us, and in His strength we may conquer. . . . The precepts and promises of God’s word will arm (us) with divine power to resist the enemy..... Satan will be baffled and defeated when he finds the heart preoccupied with the truth of God. We need also to be often found at the throne of grace. Earnest, persevering prayer, uniting our human weakness to Omnipotence, will give us the victory.”  Ellen White, Our High Calling, p. 14.

“Lay hold upon God’s word, and upon all the helpful agencies He has appointed.  Thus your faith will strengthen, and will bring to your aid the powers of heaven.  The obstacles that are piled by Satan across your path, though apparently as insurmountable as the eternal hills, shall disappear before the demand of faith.  Nothing shall be impossible unto you.”  Ellen White, Desire of Ages, p. 431.

All quotations are taken from books in the public domain, or used with permission.  All rights reserved.  Many of these books are available at your local Christian bookstore, or on-line at www.ccel.org.  Compiled by Dan Augsburger (path2prayer@yahoo.com)  Commercial use is prohibited. 310 6/22/02

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