“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut and what he shuts no one can open” (Rev. 3:7 NIV).
The above passage is addressed to “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia.” Christ holds the key of David, which means Christ holds the key of the House of David. He alone holds the key of authority. He has the key of knowledge in the Scriptures, and he gives his ministers light and knowledge in the doctrines of the Gospel.
Christ declares, “I have given you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose will be loosed in heaven” (Matt. 16:19 NIV).
Keys lock and unlock doors. Christ opened the door of heaven by his blood and his righteousness. He gives us the liberty and boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies, to stand before the presence of God. Yet, he has the authority to shut up the Scriptures and prevents the eyes of the natural man from seeing what is in them. Without faith in Christ the door to heaven is shut (John 3:18).
The Power of Prayer
Our prayers are based on our relationship with God. Prayer places us in direct contact with Him. Prayer is the spiritual key believers use to invite God into our situations, and we can then ask Him to work on our behalf. He has given us the authority to bring heaven on earth using prayer as the vehicle.
When we pray, our prayers are to be in line with God’s will. Nothing on earth is done without God’s permissive will. The Bible clearly reveals to us what the will of God is. Therefore, the things that we pray about, or pray for, are to bring honor and glory to God.
Jesus taught his disciples how to pray in Matthew 6:5-15; please note that this is not a formula for praying, but “a model for praying.” So essentially, we are to pray in accordance with God’s will.
“What you bind on earth is already bound in heaven” (Matt. 16:19; 18:18).
Jesus has the authority to loose His word and as it goes forth on the earth it fills its purpose. We know that prayer has changed the lives of every believer and we are living proof that God hears and is faithful to answer our prayers.
The passionate prayers of the righteous can accomplish much. We show our love for others by praying for them. This is in line with the new command Jesus gave us. ” A new command I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). Our prayers are for those who are suffering various illnesses, trials, and tribulations, as well as for those who are less fortunate. We are to have a heart to pray for the unsaved and those who are lost. We should pray for our government and our leaders as well.
The Bible is filled with spiritual keys of wisdom that provide us with godly information to live a successful life. James 1:5 instructs us to pray for wisdom if we lack wisdom. And if don’t know what to pray for Jesus and the Holy Spirit are our intercessors, they intercede continuously on our behalf.
Never underestimate to power of prayer. God is the power behind all of our prayers. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we may ask or think. He invites us to seek him for spiritual revelations, and he promises that the door will be open to us. The atoning sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf has given us daily access to the throne of grace. Jesus is the only way to the Father and salvation is found in no one else (Acts 4:12).
If you have not received salvation, Romans 10:9-10 read, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that after three days God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess your sins and are saved.
If you believe this and have prayed about it, you have just received eternal salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. May God bless you and keep you safe always. May you continually grow in the knowledge of God. Amen.