Praying and Warfare

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Christians report strange things occurring when they begin to pray. They get distracted, phones ring, texts arrive, babies cry, and people knock on doors. While some of these might seem routine, remember that the Bible speaks of a great battle being waged for the souls of people. We should not be surprised at the warfare occurring around us. We need to take a step back and ask, “Why does Satan fight our prayers so much?” The answer is obvious—prayer works and accomplishes much for God’s glory.

The Apostle Paul implores Christians to suit up for battle and put on the armor of God (see Ephesians 6:11-18). He identifies one such weapon as prayer:

“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

Do not be surprised when you get pulled off of prayer for some so-called legitimate reason. But remember, praying is not for the timid. The evil one will oppose our praying, particularly if the object of the prayer is changed lives. The evil one will oppose such praying, and seek to quickly discourage us from pursuing it.

But remember God’s power! He gives strength to the weary and power to the faint:

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Since our battle is spiritual, we need spiritual weapons to wage battle. God calls us to faithful praying. God will respond in His own time, but we should not grow discouraged when we fail to see immediate results. Continue steadfastly in prayer, and do not forget to lift up the lost before God. Furthermore, do not give in to efforts from the enemy to discourage you. Since our weapons consist of things spiritual, we do not directly go up against him. Instead we continue in well doing, including and especially, praying. We leave the matter with God and ask for power to resist temptation, even the temptation of quitting. Continue in prayer, and your reward will be great.

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