Watch and Pray

This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.

The Warfare of Prayer

But remember, you have an enemy. Ephesians tells us that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (6:12).

You are called to do spiritual warfare through prayer over Satan’s strongholds until you win! Satan will usually attack us most in our greatest area of strength. I used to think the reverse was true—that he would attack
most in our area of greatest weakness. But I have found that in our areas of weakness, we are more apt to call upon the Lord and rely upon Him. In our areas of strength, however, we tend to rely on self and often find ourselves burning out from fighting our battles alone. Every area of your life is subject to enemy attack, so you must fight on your knees before you can stand on your mission field.

Jesus Himself had to battle Satan through prayer for His ministry and in other situations. We find this clearly illustrated in His wilderness temptation. He experienced spiritual warfare and won before He ever went out into public ministry. You, too, must win before you can fully function in what God has called you to do. The success of your Christian life is dependent on winning… winning in prayer (see Josh. 1:3.11.15; Matt 4:11; Mark 3:27).

Daniel’s spiritual battle clearly illustrates the war that occurs in the heavenlies:
Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia” (Dan. 10:12,13).

Daniel’s story gives hope for those who are in the midst of battle. Don’t give up. You are in a win-win situation. God is for you, and the battle is the Lord’s.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 (Why pray?) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves

One comment on “The Warfare of Prayer

  1. Pingback: 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. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV). Spiritual Warfare | Bummyla

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