How To Pray Through Spiritual Warfare

“Spiritual Warfare” is a phrase you might hear some Christmas use, but the truth is many people do not fully know what it Issa, or what to do about it.

One way to explain spiritual warfare is by comparing it to physical war. Historical battles were often about controlling territory for political or economic power. Spiritual warfare is the battle for control over people’s souls.

Whether you believe in or follow Him or not, God created you for a reason. He created you to know Him and experience His love. He created toy for you to love others as you love yourself and to use your skills and talents for the good of the world.- to point people to Him.

However m God has an enemy, who is known as Satan or the devil. Because he is an enemy to God and God’s people, He is something referred to as “the enemy” or “the prince of the power of the air(Ephesians 2:2).

Satan is committed to preventing people from knowing God and trusting Him with their lives. The enemy’s tactics may differ depending on whether someone is already a Christian or not, but his ultimate purpose is always to keep people from experiencing the lov of God.

“The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

2 Corinthians 4:4

Whether you feel under spiritual attack right now, you know someone else who might be or you just want to understand spiritual warfare better,

How Are You Involved In Spiritual Warfare?

Spiritual warfare sounds like a battle between God and His enemies. So what does that have to do with the rest of us?

If you have chosen to begin a personal relationship with God, then you know you have asked Him to be in control of your life. But part of you wants to take back control and continue to put up an internal fight.

You might even feel like there’s a battle going on inside your mind some of the time. Do you have days when you struggle to believe what the Bible are says about God, or about you? That’s completely natural. But lies – especially subtle ones – are the enemy’s favorite tactics.

Know Your Enemies

The Bible teaches that three forces are battling with God for ownership of your heart: the world, the flesh and the the devil. Thankfully, God is stronger than the world or your flesh.

The World And Spiritual Warfare

Societies and cultures in the world encourage people to think and act in certain ways. Some elements of every society or culture can point you toward Jesus, some are neither good or bad, and some directly conflict with our ability to follow Jesus and maintain a strong connection with God.

The things a culture values- what’s if focuses it attention on- are usually a clear indicator of the position God’s commandments are given in it. In Western culture, physical appearance, personal success and freedom from responsible to the wider community. are just three example of things the world encourages you put before God.

Scripture reminds us that to walk closely with God we need to be alert to the ways we are influenced by the people around us,

For everything in the world – luster of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 John 2:16

The Flesh And Spiritual Warfare

Although the influence of the world around you is very real, you also need to be aware that the struggle to turn away from God can come from within you – from your own sin and your own desires

The apostle Paul,who helped spread the early church as a missionary and wrote much of the New Testament, struggled with his flesh. He gave us a great picture of what this struggle feels like:

It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decided to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

Romans 7:21-23

The Devil And Spiritual Warfare

Ultimately, the devil has already been defeated by what Jesus did on the cross. Jesus’s resurrection from the dead demonstrates that He won the victory over death. But the devil wants to blind people to the truth of what Jesus has done.

The devils attempts to send us off course in our relationship with God go right back to the beginning of human history. He was the author of the first temptation people faced.

The temptation of Adam abs Eve, which we read about in Genesis 3, it provides a clear picture of what we can expect from the devil:

  • He is more crafty that any wild animal.
  • He comes along side us pretending to be an ally.
  • He deceives us by trying to bend the truth God speaks to us.
  • He tries to plant doubts in our minds and the things God said.
  • He wants you to think God is restricting us when in reality He is protecting you.
  • He encourages us to rebel against God by telling us that we deserve to be the ultimate authority in our lives.
  • He uses your pride and your sense of shame to turn us against others.

Be mindful that you enemy, the devil, is real. He is single-minded and dangerous, so be wise in how you conduct your warfare with him. If you follow Jesus, God has given you incredible resources by placing the Holy Spirit within you, but you need to resist letting your pride tent you to try to fight your enemy on your own.

Fighting Spiritual Battles The Jesus Way

Throughout His life on earth, Jesus faced spiritual warfare in many forms. He was tested by the devil during His 40 days in the Wilde (Luke 4:1-13; He was provoked, falsely accused, and verbally abused by people who did not like what He was saying And it’s important to remember that Jesus was a man – fully human so He faced all the temptations any other man would face.

But He never lost any of His spiritual battles. Even His wrongful conviction the execution on the cross, which looked like bitter defeat, was ultimately His greatest victory. So what examples does Jesus give us about using prayer in spiritual warfare?

Jesus Created Space To Be Alone With God

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed

Like 5:16

Many times in the Gospels, Jesus withdrew from situations we can interpret as scenes of spiritual warfare. One example is when Jesus heard the new that His cousin, John the Baptist, had been beheaded by Herod. It never says that He retreated for His enemy. Instead He withdrew from a particular place.

There is nothing wrong with praying in a coffee shop or while walking in public places. But it’s important to take regular time alone with God, preferably as free from distractions as possible.

Jesus wanted to give God His full attention and spend time with God – and Jesus is God – how much more do His followers need to do the same.

Taking time alone with Gid reminds us that He is ready and waiting to spend time alone with us, healing our wounds and renewing our strength.

Jesus Combined Prayer With Fasting

Fasting can help raise your awareness of your need to depend on God. The Bible teaches that fasting can enhance your ability to hear from God as you prioritize Him about physical needs.

It’s worth noting that Jesus during His 40 days in the wilderness. This was immediately before Jesus began His public ministry. The devil must have felt threatened by what Jesus was doing given the efforts he went to trying to distract Jesus from His mission. Jesus saw fasting as a weapon of spiritual warfare.

Fasting is something that needs to be undertaken wisely given the physical implications. It is important to not that if you have certain physical ailments it is not wise to partake in a full fast, stopping all food for a long period. There is a fast called the “Daniel Fast” that is used by pastors and preachers. It lets you eat some foods but you have to sacrifice things in your regular diet.

The Holy Spirit’s Role In Spiritual Warfare

God is three persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the most often misunderstood member of this Trinity. But to experience consistent victory in spiritual warfare, it’s crucial to know and understand His role in your life.

After Jesus was raised from death, He appeared to His closest friends and followers. They were scared and confused. They did not know what was going to happen to them because they felt surrounded by enemies, including the Jewish authorities. But Jesus knew this, and He knew the Spiritual battles that lay ahead of them.

As He met with them, He commissioned them for the work of making Him known throughout the world- the same work Christians today are invited to join and one of the reasons Daysb is so determined to wage war on Christians. (We see it in the world today).

Jesus wanted His friends to have peace and clarity for their spiritual battles. So He told them that their greatest source of strength, His Holy Spirit, would now live within them. “Peace be with you!” as the Father has sent me, I am sending you, And with that Hr breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20; 21-22).

We might think of God as someone completely separate and different from humanity. But Jesus entered our humanity and experienced the same struggles we do. When He was leaving to return to His Father in heaven. He left us with the greatest gift He could. He offered each of us the chance to experience His own presence living within us. His Holy Spirit.

So as you experience Spiritual warfare, you are not just looking for strength from outside yourself or from the tools God gives you, such as prayer and the Bible. God is working within you, giving you everything you need to love the way you are designed to as His child.

Praying With Other Believers

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise them up. And if he has committed sins he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 5:13-16

Not only is it pleasant and encouraging to prsy with other followers, but it’s crucial to your success in Spiritual warfare,. When you admit to others the things you struggle with, the sin that you’re wrestling with – this is the decisions you make that go against God’s best for you – and even sickness you experience, and you pray for each other, not is so you can be healed,

I feel that is why I was healed from Bladder Cancer. It is the reason I go to church every week and drive to prayer meetings twice a week. You cannot expect to be healed, if you don’t have a relationship with God and have other followers praying for you.

The fact that God designed for you to experience freedom from your sin, struggles and even sickness through praying with others clearly shows He doesn’t intend for you to go through spiritual battles or any part of life alone,

Engaging a community of fellow believers is vital to preserving and overcoming spiritual warfare.

What Does Victory Look Like In Spiritual Warfare

God encourages you to be bold in the things you pray for.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Mark 11:24

If you feel like only God could win the spiritual battle you are fighting, you’re right. Bring it to Him in prayer and let Him do what He does best: fight your battles.

Spiritual warfare will often look like major challenges in your life. But you will also face battles that are more internal than external. The enemy wants to put as much distance between you and you’re heavenly Father as he can. His tactics often involve exploiting out very human nature, such as shame, disappointment, insecurity and loneliness.

Victory might look like overcoming a clear obstacle to your faith, such as the persecution of some kind relating to what you believe. But on a day to day level, victory will often be demonstrated by your perseverance through any circumstance that might cause you to question whether you can trust God.

It’s very important to hold God responsible for thing in your life that don’t go the way you want (and also easy to forget to thank Him when they do). But the Bible reminds us that “thr message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishinh, but to us we are being saved it is the power of God, (1 Corinthians 1:18).

When it comes to using prayer as a weapon of spiritual warfare, victory is fundamentally about trust. Do you believe that your battles are His battles? Do you trust that when you bring a heartfelt need to God, He hears you and will respond.

So your victory may look like your willingness to continue believing is a Salvation that the world tells you is ridiculous.

When it comes to using prayer as a weapon of spiritual warfare, victory is fundamentally about trust. Do you believe that your battles are His battles? Do you trust that when you bring a heartfelt need to God? He hears you and will respond.

Quite a few years back, my neighborhood was being infested by drug dealers and people who were doing drugs. We could not leave anything outside of it would be stolen, music and screaming happened every night, all night. There was was a insurmountable amount of traffic on the street. Yes, the homeowners would call the police but to no avail. This went on for months.

Finally a few of us took matters into our own hands a few nights a week we would get together at the same time. And walk our neighborhood praying for God to take the Riffraff out of our neighborhood. After a few weeks, people were getting arrested, a few went to jail (or prison). Some had drug overdoses, and some went to rehabilitation centers. We had fought for our nice wholesome neighborhood and won.

We are still enjoying a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. Because of our sacrifice a few night a week and using prayer as a powerful weapon against the devil.

Try using the following verses from the Bible as prayer when you are battling the world, the flesh, or the devil. You can even insert your name or the name of someone you are praying for to personalize the verse.

Here are the verses:

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
  • Isaiah 54:17
  • John 8:32
  • 1 Peter 5:7
  • John 15:7

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