Monday, May 16, 2011

Spiritual Warfare Prayer


Part 3 in a Bible study series called Does Prayer Really Change Things?

PRAYING FOR VICTORY

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”—Jesus (Matthew 6:13)

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”—Apostle Peter (1 Peter 5:8)

What the Bible says about spiritual warfare:
  • We are in a real spiritual battle. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
  • We are to resist the devil and he will flee from us. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7; see also 1 Peter 5:9).
  • We are to use spiritual weapons to overcome evil. “And take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 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 6:17-18; see also 2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
In 2 Chronicles 20, Moab and Amon came to battle against Judah, and King Jehosh-aphat proclaimed a fast in the land. “And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord” (v. 4). The first thing to do when you are in spiritual warfare is to ask help from God. The Lord reminded the people, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s” (v. 15). God wants to fight our battles for us. What we need to do is go to Him in prayer and ask for His help.

PREPARING FOR SPIRITUAL BATTLE

“Where God is on one side, you may be sure to find the devil on the other.”—William Gurnall

How to prepare for spiritual battle:
  1. Pray always. We must develop a lifestyle of prayer. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
  2. Be watchful. “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
  3. Have perseverance.
(Much of the material from this study was taken from a series of blog posts on prayer by Winfield Bevins.)