When I was a kid, I often wondered why my mom prayed so much. Whenever times were tough in our house, she could be found either in her bedroom, or hiding somewhere praying fervently over our family. I truly believe that one of the main reasons that I was able to survive my teenage years was because my mother was stalwart prayer warrior.
I like to believe that mom’s affinity for prayer has rubbed off on me. I try to make sure I am spending at least an hour every day in prayer and worship. But sometimes, it just doesn’t work out that way. You see, prayer is one of the most valuable weapons we have to help protect us from the attacks of our enemy. The scriptures teach us in 1 Peter 5:6-11 that the enemy (The Devil) prowls around looking for someone to devour.
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
So If our enemy is that dead set on devouring and destroying us, then why are we so lackadaisical about how and when we pray? Prayer is like a direct line to God. He is there, he does care, and he is listening. But most times, when our lives are under attack, we don’t even ask him for help? Peter even assures us in verse 10 above, that God will restore us, and make us firm and steadfast. But still, we have that “Ill wait it out and see what happens” attitude rather than crying out to God for help.
In the military, when the troops are heading into a battle, if they think they are going to be overwhelmed, they call in for reinforcements. They call for help! Same thing in the fire service, if a fire is raging out of control, the Chief calls for backup.
Prayer is our avenue for instant help from the Lord. What’s even better is that he will send the power of the Holy Spirit to help fight for you. But, you have to believe and ask for his help and mercy first!
We fight an enemy that hates us. He wants to see us completely destroyed. Believe that!! So know, and be prepared for it!
In Ephesians 6:18, Paul reminds us pray in the spirit all the time, keeping an alert heart and mind.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
So what does this mean for me and you? Simply this, when life gets really difficult, pray. Pray a lot! I reminded our church family this week that we need to surround ourselves with other prayer warriors as well. You are calling in “Human reinforcements” other folks that will honestly and fervently pray with and over you!
That’s what the church is for.
So how bout you? How can I pray for you today?
I’m in the sanctuary praying daily. Send me an email, text, message on social media. I will pray for you.
Psalm 17:6 New International Version (NIV)
6I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
What do you think?
Till next week