The spiritual controls the physical. If you want to see change in your life or any situation for that matter, change it in the spirit. If you want to win battles, win them in the spirit. If you want to pray effectively, pray until you get a breakthrough in the spirit. Why? Because all things are spiritual.
There are basically two forces or kingdoms which seek to control the activities, affairs and the lives of men- the Kingdom of God and of the Devil. Both of them have power over what happens in the lives of men. When we come to the issue of the life in the spirit, we have the spirit world of God which is the most powerful, as well as the spirit world of the devil. Man chooses to submit to whichever.
The spirit world is as real as the physical world, but the physical is subject to the spiritual. Things happen in the spirit first before they manifest in the physical. What we see is not just a coincidence. Things don’t just happen, they are caused to happen by spiritual forces in the spiritual world. A believer who understands this is in a better position to pray because prayer itself is spiritual.
Most of us fail to receive answers to our prayers because we stop praying before we get a breakthrough in the spirit. Consider the story of Daniel for example, he began fasting and praying to God for three weeks, yet despite the fact that God released an answer on the first day, it was delayed.
Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Daniel 10:12-13 NIV
There wasn’t any form of manifestation because the prince of Persia, who of course was an agent of darkness hijacked Daniel’s answer. It wasn’t until God sent Angel Michael to rescue the first Angel that Daniel received his answer. Victory was first achieved in the spirit before it manifested in the physical. How much more should we persist in prayer, and remain on our knees until we get a breakthrough?
The things we experience and see in our daily lives have already been in existent in the spirit world. It’s just a matter of time before they manifest. Many of us have been blinded by the enemy; kept in the dark and in ignorance, and have been suffering unnecessarily without knowing the real source of our problems. If we did, we won’t take what happens around us at face value. We would get on our knees and avert every form of judgment, undo every doing of the enemy and stand against his plans
in our lives. We would take our positions in prayer and engage the enemy and his agents in battle. We aren’t as helpless as we tend to think!
Much of the barrenness, unfruitfulness, stagnation and cycles of failure we go through or see in our lives are not just physical. We can’t deal with them in the physical realm, but from the spiritual realm. It’s from here where many have been put in dark prisons, captivity and have been caged, causing their destinies to be delayed or even terminated. Many work hard, but fail to harvest or even bear any fruit simply because in the spirit world, their work has been rendered useless. You may serve in your area of calling and continue being ineffective – unable to make any impact in other people’s lives because in the spirit world, you have been rendered ineffective or those you are ministering to are being kept in the dark. You are not the problem, the truth is that your life is being controlled in the spirit, in this case, by the forces of darkness to keep you down and unfruitful. Such battles are not physical, they are spiritual.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV
We need to understand that all things are spiritual and ask God to open our spiritual understanding to the realities of the spiritual world. Nothing happens in this world by default. But you who are in Christ Jesus, and call yourself a child of God, must be spiritually alert. The devil is very crafty, but you are not defenseless before him. You must learn and discipline yourself to pray and to use the weapons that God has given us as believers to wage war against him. If you want to live victoriously and see the plans and purposes of God being manifested in your life, you must live a life of prayer. It’s only through prayer that you can trouble trouble before trouble comes to trouble you. Stay a few steps ahead of the enemy by praying and things will begin to change.
May God open our understanding and help us to comprehend the things of the spirit, for it’s the control center of everything that happens in our lives. Until you overcome or get a breakthrough in the spiritual realm, nothing can change in the physical. Going to church alone isn’t enough. We must learn to seek and hear God for ourselves; we must learn how things work. Many are living, though dead, because of ignorance. Our lives surely are being destroyed for lack of knowledge. The enemy was defeated at the cross of Calvary, but we must enforce our victory through prayer.