"God Fights When You Pray" - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - by Dianne Prince
“The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 (NLT)
Your greatest spiritual battles will come when you get serious about living for God. When you make up in your mind you are going to serve God more intently, study his word more consistently, or get more involved in His program, all the demons of hell will rise up to put stumbling blocks in your way.
When you get serious about trying to live right, the enemy and his imps will join forces and launch attacks to destroy you. The enemy will use those around you to rise up against you. Folk will attack you. Folk will discredit you. They will talk about you and all those around you. People will emerge against you on our job. Your children will begin to act out of character. Unexpected expenses will pop up. A divisive church situation will come out of no where. Your spouse will all of a sudden get loose lips or even a wandering eye. The attacks are varied. The attacks are intense and the attacks are designed to destroy you.
When the attacks come, there will be times when you will want to deal with them in the flesh. Your flesh will want to get down to your enemy’s level. Sometimes you will simply want to lay your religion down and set people straight. You have been there. And, so have I.
The battlefield for spiritual war is not a physical battlefield. It is a battle that is fought in your mind—in your imagination. And, the war is not a once-in-a-while thing. It goes on day in and day out. There is always some battle raging, some trouble to deal with, some circumstance to meet head-on or some trial to go through. Job said, “Man born of a woman is but a few days, and those days are full of trouble.” Paul says it this way, “Even when I would do good, evil is always around me.”
Paul tells us that our weapons are not carnal weapons. We do not fight as the world fights. We do not exchange blow for blow; but, we fight on our knees. We fight with the weapon of prayer—consistent, serious prayer.
The Bible tells us we are to pray for our enemies. In our flesh, we want to pray for God to take the enemy out. We want him to speak a Word and have them vanish off the face of the earth. We want to pray that God literally destroys them. But his word tells us, “Pray for those who despitefully use you.”
What are we to pray? We are to pray for God to bless our enemies abundantly. Pray for Him to supply their every need. Pray for God to give them the desires of their hearts; and, pray for Him to allow us to see them as He sees them. Praying for your enemies is a powerful weapon. Why? When you treat people who wronged you the right way, God gets the glory and God always sets things right.
Remember, this is a spiritual battle. It takes place in the mind. Thus, I must warn you, the first time you pray for God to bless your enemies, you are not going to mean a word you are praying. The first time you send up a prayer asking God to bless someone who has wronged you, you will not mean a word you are saying. However, the more you pray for your enemies to be blessed, God, in the process changes you to see your enemies through his eyes. God, in the process gives you peace in the midst of the battle. In the process, God softens your heart, strengthens your resolve and changes you to be more like Him.
You do not have to fight your own battles. Why? God promises you. “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:18 (KJV)
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