The Battle We Must Win
This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post about “Don’t Grow Weary in Doing Good.” I am finding that the topic of spiritual battle is much on my mind these days. And part of my thinking is that perhaps as at no other time in my life and ministry, I am sensing that the American Church is least educated, least aware, and least prepared for the spiritual battle that we will need to fight on our knees for the redemption of our churches and our nation. Our neighbors need us to get on a “wartime footing” with our thoughts about prayer and spiritual battle. I hope this might help. It is just a start, but it is a start.
Praying Against the Spiritual Forces of Wickedness
in the “High Places”
First: The Text
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For 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.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and havingput on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
- He is the liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44, 55)
- He is the great deceiver. (Genesis 3; Revelation 12:9; 2 John 7)
- He blinds the eyes of people. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
- He is the author of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
- He oppresses people. (Mark 1:23; Luke 4:33)
- He possesses others. (Matthew 9:32)
Let’s begin to pray that God will overwhelm the forces of darkness in the “high places” and that His will and only His will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven in our lives.