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.
The enemy is on the loose. He knows his time is running out on this earth, and he wants to take with him as many as he can. His main goal is to sow deceit into our minds because he knows that if he can get us to believe his lies, then he is that much closer to getting us to turn away from The Lord completely.
Are you facing strife in your family? Addiction? Depression? maybe, a wandering eye? Well, you can be pretty certain that the enemy is behind it. He is there quietly lurking in the shadows.. waiting for his perfect moment to plant another destructive thought in your mind.
So my question for you today is this… what are you going to do about it?
I can tell you one thing I know, the enemy is relentless in his pursuit to break us, and to destroy our relationship with The Mighty God. He is going to do anything he can to try and steal our salvation, but he can only do that if we allow him to. The Lord says:
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
– John 10:29
Our Lord is so much bigger than the enemy.. there is absolutely no comparison. If we desire to follow Christ, and to live our lives for Him, then Satan has no authority in stopping that from happening.
But.. and there is a big but. The Lord is a gentleman.. He will not force His way into our lives, and He will not leave us without a choice. It is up to us to decide who we will follow, and if it is Jesus, then we must do our part by seeking His face at all times, and abiding by His word. If we are faithful in these things, then He will be faithful in stopping the enemy in his tracks.
So again, I ask you this.. What are you going to do about it?
Will you allow the enemy to have his way in your life, in your family, and in your relationship with Christ, or will you choose Jesus, and do all that you can to fight back?
When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
– Deuteronomy 20:1
As stated in my previous post, Praise and worship are two very important strategies against the wiles of the devil.
The second spiritual weapon of warfare that we are given is Prayer.
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
I feel like prayer is such a big topic, and the whole ins and outs of what it is really deserves it’s own post.
Today I want to talk specifically about how we can use prayer to fight back against the attacks of the enemy.
There are so many instances in The Bible when someone prayed, and The Lord answered. It is a powerful weapon, and when we are willing to use it, The Lord can do mighty things.
Prayer is our communication with God. With it we can to talk to Him about our thoughts, cry out to Him for help, and petition Him for our needs and desires.
One of the biggest prayer warriors in The Bible was Paul. He was a missionary, and traveled around from place to place, visiting churches and ministering to them about the ways of The Lord.
Paul teaches to Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
He witnessed first hand, the trials that come in life.. especially if we are followers of Christ. He spent a big chunk of time in jail for his belief in Jesus.
For Paul, the enemy knew that his faith in God was extremely strong, so in order to prevent him from spreading the gospel, he would have to lock him away.
I’m sure Paul had moments of total defeat.. he may have even thought about quitting, but his love for The Lord was his motivation to keep on moving. Through every curve ball that the devil threw his way, he chose to get down on his knees, and pray to the One that he knew would redeem.
Paul knew the deliverance that could come from praying to his God. He had witnessed many miracles happen through prayer. (Read the book of Acts, and you will see).
In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul teaches us that we should not worry about anything, but instead, we should pray about everything!
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7
When the enemy starts placing every kind of obstacle imaginable in your path, don’t give up hope.. close your eyes, lift your hands, and pray to the One who loves you.
Lets take examples from The Bible of people who were faced with resistance and chose to pray.
Open the book of Psalms and you will see all of the devastating emotions and situations that plagued King David..
Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
– Psalms 86:1-7
Or think of Hannah, who not being able to have children, prayed to The Lord, asking Him to fulfill the desires of her heart…
For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
-1 Samuel 1:27
And that’s not where the list ends.. think of Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jonah, Nehemiah, John, and the rest of the believers. All people who when met with tribulation, prayed to their Lord for strength.
Paul teaches us another key truth, when we are in trying times, we need to not only pray for ourselves, but pray for others. There is great freedom in putting ourselves aside, and looking to the needs of others. Even whilst in jail, Paul prayed for the church of Philippians..
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
For the fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
– Philippians 1:3-4
I think we tend to believe that in order to find relief from our situations we need to continuously pray for ourselves. But Paul teaches us that in praying for others we will also reap the benefits of joy, and peace, and deliverance.
The Lord knows what we have need of before we even ask Him.. He sees your struggles, and He hears your heart’s desires.
The enemy wants us to focus solely on ourselves.. dwelling on our daily problems.. that’s part of his strategy. But we must learn to be like Paul.. in our most hopeless situations, we must learn to have a servant’s heart.
Jesus is the ultimate example of this; even when He knew what awful fate awaited Him, instead of praying for Himself, He chose to pray for us. Read the beautiful prayer of Jesus in John 17.. You will be so encouraged to learn what our precious Savior desires for us.
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
– John 17:9
Remember this.. the enemy knows what weapons will defeat him. He knows how much strength we gain when we communicate with our Savior. This is the exact reason that he will try to discourage you to do so.
If you have been struggling to pray.. yes, its certainly possible that its your flesh getting the best of you (been there, done that!).. but it might also be that relentless force, working hard to try and stop you from taking even one step closer to your King.
We must learn to put prayer at the forefront of our day, our mind, and our heart.
Spend time everyday, multiple times a day speaking to your God. Whatever is on your mind, may that be as mundane as your grocery list, or as intimate as your deepest fear.
Talk to Him, He is so wanting to hear from you.
Your prayers don’t have to be fancy, that is not what He focuses on. They just need to come from your heart.. I know that sounds very cliché, but it’s true. Speak your heart to your King, and He will be faithful to listen, to care, to comfort.
Prayer is a precious gift from our Heavenly Father that enables us to grow closer to Him than we ever thought possible.
Don’t ever underestimate the power that this weapon holds. With prayer we can become a united force with our Lord, to fight back against the enemy, and win the victory once and for all!
Now, I feel it would be silly to finish off speaking about prayer without actually praying… so, shall we?
we come humbly before your throne, with our hearts and our minds set on you. We seek to know you Lord so deeply, and to understand how it is you desire for us to live. We love you so much Father, and we thank you for not only what you do for us, which is so so much, but more for who You are. You are so wonderful, Jesus, so merciful, so gracious, so precious, and so true. We want to live a life that honors you in every part. We know though, that when we follow you the attacks are sure to come, and at times, the trials might be tough. But Lord we thank you for the trials, because we know they are more precious than gold! Father, we ask that whoever is reading this right now, if they are facing a difficult situation, that they would choose to seek you. That they would follow the examples of the prophets before us, and fall on their knees and pray to you, The Maker of Heaven and Earth. We know that you care so deeply for each of your children, and that you are so willing to help us if we just come to you. Lord, I pray that you would surround each one of us with your love and your comfort. But above all of this Lord Jesus, I pray that your will be done in our lives. I pray that whatever purpose and plans you have for every one of us would unfold in just the perfect way that only you can do. And lastly, Lord, I pray that if there are anyone reading this right now that does not believe, that you would reveal to them who You are and that they would feel your precious love surround them. But again Father, not my will, but thy will be done.
We thank you so much, and we love you with all that we have.
In Jesus’ precious, perfect name we pray.
(One more thing I wanted to mention.. an amazing movie that teaches more about using prayer to fight back against the enemy is War Room. It is written and directed by the Kendrick brothers, who have created quite a few other awesome Christian movies (Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Courageous). I found it to be VERY encouraging, and I highly recommend it.)
Please let me know anything that you have learned about prayer, or how it has helped you, in the comment section. I would love to hear from you!
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
– Romans 12:12
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