“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:78, KJV. See for entire context verses 1-8)
The following is a sketch at best. Maybe more like a coloring book – it’s for you to fill in the “colors” and the details – contemplating questions and anwers.
Here Jesus speaks a parable concerning a judge who neither fears God nor respects man. A widow comes to him – persistently – to make her case for legal protection. Finally he grants her what she wants. One gets the impression that she comprehended where she stood. So she refused to give up her petitioning of him. The Master used this story to illustrate “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”. This was “the” faith He would be looking for at His coming: persistent standing in our understanding of our Redemption in Him.
Somehow as I pondered this, I was reminded of Revelation 12:10-12. Our understanding is based on our standing in Christ, and what is already in place: salvation, the kingdom of God, and the authority of Christ. The accuser, the adversary, has been thrown down. The Luciferian occupation is over; he’s done – no legal right to us! Why? Because the blood of the Lamb paid the price of our freedom from him. Satan’s head is crushed. We are free! And whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
Therefore, when we pray, we do so in light of this understanding. Prayer can be seen as the “word of our testimony” that this is so – proclaimed upon our petitions to our Heavenly Father. We come boldly to the throne of Grace, often and persistently, through and in Christ. Yes, boldly. Just as this widow came before the judge. Not beggarly! She knew the score. She knew where she stood, and she took her stand in her understanding and refused to budge. Do we know the score? Does our praying reflect it?
This is “the” faith which the Son of Man will look for at his coming.
Prayer ought always to take us to the foot of the cross. Who and what were crucified there in Him? Who and what were buried with Him? Who and what were raised up in Him and seated in Heavenly places? Out with the old self, in with the new creation! “… put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesian 4:24)
What follows is “… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”? (James 5:16 KJV)
So do we pray as if we’re dead, or as if we’re resurrected, and even ascended spiritually? After all, God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ! (see Ephesians 2:6) Thus in prayer, we need to take our stand on our understanding, which reveals to us a spectacular vantage point, in Christ – “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.” (Ephesians 1:21,22)
There is no reason to give up in prayer. No defeatist attitude here! Once the understanding is given, then we must take our stand in our understanding, and “… be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Thus prayer speaks to the primary activity of the Church, the Body of Christ on Earth – His house of prayer. Our Earth Mission, which has not changed, encompasses the eviction – through prayer – of that which no longer has any right to the human race!
In conclusion, Victorious Prayer means understanding our standing, and standing in our understanding! To our Lord be the glory.