Advance The Kingdom Kneeling

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ for you" (1 Thess 5:17).
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ for you" (1 Thess 5:17).

In Kneeling We Surrender, In Prayer We Conquer

There are events like Easter and Christmas and hopefully every Sunday, when we worship and praise the Lord in our churches, in large evangelistic crusades, or even in citywide marches. When a small number or a multitude of Christians congregate in prayer, they give voice and allegiance to the God of the universe. Those are the times when the enemy shudders. The people of God do more damage to the domain of the enemy, not standing in defiance, but kneeling in obedience. It was once said, “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his or her knees.”

Therefore, let’s do everything we can to become a threat to the enemy. It seems that in the worship experience, it’s not simply a group of people saying and singing some nice sounding things. We are, in reality, making a corporate statement to the universe concerning whose side we’re on. The communication of our loyalty is not only among us and to God alone, but it is broadcasted to Beelzebul as well. When the scriptures indicate that angels long to look at what has been revealed to the saints, it not only refers to God’s angels but also to the fallen angels. They too wonder when things are going to break. They don’t know the future because they’re not omniscient. They don’t know when God will finally make all things right. They don’t know when their end will come or when Jesus Christ will return. So their dark days are doomed from the start and this gets the demonic forces very shaky.

The satanic kingdom has got to be the most frustrated kingdom in all history. It could never win. They may steal a fleeting victory here and there, but they could never conquer us. Every time a soul is saved, they lose. Every time a demon gets cast out, they lose. Every time God is praised, they lose. Let’s make sure they lose more often. Every time we pray over our home and church and exult the Lord, pray over our children and church members, dedicate our children or baptize new believers, they lose. The more they lose the better it is for all of us.

There was a specific season, early in our Christian lives, when my two brothers and I needed to seek the Father's face for the future direction in our lives. We decided to fast for three days. So we hired a boat that dropped us off on a small deserted island. There we pitched our tents, read our bibles, and got down on our knees to pray together. When the boatman returned on day three, we were a sight to see. We may have lost a few pounds feeling weak in the knees, but our spiritual senses about us was sharper than ever.

Within a span of fifteen years, my youngest brother discovered his gift of leadership and answered the call of God upon his life to be a pastor in one of the fastest growing churches in the country. My oldest brother exercised his gift of evangelism and has become a powerful instrument in God’s hands as he preaches the good news of Jesus Christ. I answered God’s call to preach and teach by going abroad for seminary training and serving the migrant Filipino churches throughout Southern California.

We didn’t get the answers to our prayers overnight. It took awhile for us to realize how God would unpack his plan for three brothers to purposely participate in the outworking of his kingdom. Our prayers didn’t stop when we left that small deserted island. We prioritized and persevered in prayer seeking first God’s kingdom. Let’s keep the demonic forces frustrated. Let’s throw our undivided allegiance in service to our Lord and Savior. Let’s continue to advance the kingdom of God upon our knees!

© 2009, Gicky Soriano. All rights reserved.

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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

This hub is a great encouragement for prayer. Thank you for sharing it. Remain blessed always.


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

cristina327, I always appreciate your visit and generous comment.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Gicky - Very well said. Loved this: "it’s not simply a group of people saying and singing some nice sounding things. We are, in reality, making a corporate statement to the universe concerning whose side we’re on."

I often say (paraphrasing John Wesley...I think) - We are to pray as if it all depends on God because it truly does, but then we are to work as though it all depends on us.

We do & must march forward on our knees.


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

Amen Ken. The act of prayer enters us in partnership with God. Thank you for giving this hub a read. I also am encouraged by your comment.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Gicky Soriano,

This was Wonderful and inspiring!

Your dedication to the Lord shines through your keen spiritual insight! What a Blessings to have brothers as yours! Yes, lets continue to advance the Lord's Kingdom!

Again Wonderful!

Blessings!


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

DKO, yes, it was such a blessing to be able to "lock arms" with my brothers in prayer. To this day, we hold up each other in prayer. Your welcome visit and comment comes with great encouragement. God bless your heart!


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Timely 6 years ago from United States

Once again, a great message. It wasn't until I passed by my mothers room, the door was slightly open and I saw her on her knees. That's when earnest prayer became a reality for me. She was very sick, but with a brief glimpse of her in total submission showed me her faith, which made God real for me. I hadn't thought of that image in years but it truly examplifies the power of prayer for victory over Satan and comfort in our times of need. Thanks, Gicky and God bless you!


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

Timely, great story about your mother. Her prayer life marked you for a lifetime. It's truly remarkable how the Lord moves in and through our prayers. Thank you for your story contribution to my hub. God bless you.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

Great truth expressed so dynamically. I'll bet :-) you talk fast, walk fast, and do it with the strength of God. Go for it! Thanks for sharing with us all.


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

frogyfish, i guess I am very passionate when it comes to the subject of prayer especially when I have experienced firsthand results on my knees. Prayer warriors are on the frontline on God's kingdom. There's nothing quite like encouraging each other to move forward and gain ground through this most humbling of spiritual disciplines. Thank you for your refreshing visit and comment. God bless you.


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steffsings 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

"unpack his plan" I love this analogy! How accurate a description of the unfolding of purpose and plan even as we pray. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

steffsings, your welcome. I truly appreciate your visit and candid comment. God bless you sister.


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JesusEater 6 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

That's worship---not just singing nice songs that touch our hearts. It should touch God's heart and declare a corporate statement to the universe---and all creation! What a meaningful journey you 3 bros had in that island! We all are destined to go to our spiritual islands. Yeah, it's time to advance Kingdom reign on earth on our knees!


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

JesusEater, those three days marked us for purposeful ministry. The island was located at Lake Caliraya in the Laguna province. You may have visited this place at one time. So conducive to "alone time." Press ahead in prayer and meaningful ministry sister! The kingdom is before us. What a blessed time for the Spirit of God to live and move and have our being in us. We are called to make a difference - to make our lives count for Christ.


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Godslittlechild 6 years ago

Very good hub! You are a gifted writer!


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

I hope this hub ministered to you as it did me. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging note. God bless you.


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Lady Summerset 6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

Very inspiring. I think I'm overdue to be dropped off on an island! LOL! I'll probably have to settle for a hotel room. Prayer is more essential than we can every know. Thanks for the reminder to drop to our knees and meet God there!


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

LS, nice! I hope your plans for prayer time pulls through. It's is amazing how much more we get accomplished on our knees. The priority of prayer. First things first. As always, your visit and comment is much appreciated.


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Bibleseo 6 years ago

Hi Gicky,

Wonderful and encouraging testimonies of your brothers and you. I totally agree with you. Just, It is said, 'little prayer, little power, More prayer, more power'.

We have recently had a 24x7 prayer week at our university campus. And we are already seeing the difference!


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

Bibleseo,

May God bless the prayers of his people at your university campus. Advancing the kingdom of God on our knees makes all the difference. Thank you for stopping by and leaving an encouraging note.


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TimeHealsAll 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Praise be to God! How you and your brothers prioritized and persevered. I can see by the work of your hands in writing your hubs, you are a ministry to God Gicky! Thank you for the many blessings!


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California Author

THA, what gracious words you wrote in my hub. Thank's for your much appreciated visit.

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