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Spiritual warfare – Pray, Pray, Pray

I have not been praying and spending time in God’s Word as much as I should. I’m guilty. Guilty of been a lazy Christian. It is such unacceptable behaviour and a really bad habit I formed – tomorrow is another day. I write on my blog, yes, but the personal, secret time I need with the Father has not been as it should.

The enemy seems to be winning. But no more.

Today, I received a wake up call. The cross of Christ spoke to me – Spiritually and physically. The physical part, well, is funny, but a wake up call, a message, I didn’t not expect. We have a wooden crucifix hanging on our bedroom wall. Today, it fell off and it me on the head. If that’s not a wake call, then I don’t know what is. The physical knock on my head from the Cross, woke me up Spiritually.

I need to be praying a lot more. I need to be in God’s Word a lot more!

Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me. Psalm 86: 6-7

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Prayer is a powerful way to join the fight in this spiritual battle. If you’re not sure where to start, there’s good news. God intended it to be as easy as talking to a friend. He doesn’t care how we say our prayers, He just wants us to talk to Him. 

In fact, if God had His way, we would pray without ceasing throughout the day. It doesn’t necessarily mean praying long prayers one right after the other. It simply means that in every moment, with every breath, we have the opportunity to intentionally acknowledge God’s presence and invite Him into our thoughts so that we can be more open and in tune with what He’s saying. 

Hear my cry, O God;

    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1-2

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For example, we may quickly ask for safety while we’re driving or thank God for His creativity when we see a beautiful flower. We may invite Him into our conversations with friends or ask Him to guide us in making a business decision. We may ask Him to guard our hearts and minds when we look in the mirror and don’t like what we see. The reality is, the voice of the enemy could become the constant in our lives if we don’t intentionally fill the space with God. The enemy loves to get us feeling isolated, he has been doing that to me lately, but with prayer, we’re never alone.

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus was overcome with grief. The Bible says He threw himself facedown on the ground and poured out His heart to His Father. He begged and pleaded for a different outcome but ultimately, surrendered to God’s will. This should be the example we follow. Our prayers don’t have to feel pretty. They don’t even have to be words! God knows the mournings of our heart and He fights for us. So, we can cry or be angry. God can handle our emotions. We don’t need to avoid our feelings when we feel attacked, but turn to God for help.

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
Matthew 26:42

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Jesus, I know you’re here. And because I know your heart, I can trust that the negative things I’m hearing aren’t from you. I render them powerless in my life and ask you to remind me of the truth. Thank you that the enemy is already defeated and has no power. Show me where I need to fight. Show me how to fight. Thank you, Jesus, for never leaving me to fight this battle alone. In your precious name, Amen.

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