Satan is a thief and a liar. He steals things from us. He lies to us. He wants to destroy us.
He is here to steal, kill & destroy. His ultimate goal is to destroy you and keep you from your purpose. He loves when he trips us up. He knows exactly where to hit us, how to hit us and what weapon to use that will cause the most damage. That is why it is important to have a battle plan. We are at war. We are in a spiritual war.
We are at war with principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places.
Anyone going into battle, has a plan. A battle plan, a strategy to defeat the enemy. Ephesians 6:11-18
Do not stress or worry! There is good news! The enemy will lose the war! Jesus wins in the end! He died for us. He bore the weight of our sins. He has the keys to death, hell and the grave. (Revelation 1:18)
Ephesians 6:11-18 describes the type of battle we are in and how to protect yourself.
Verse 11 says to put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand .
What is the whole armour of God?
- loins girt about with truth
- Breastplate of righteousness
- feet shod with the gospel of peace
- shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the wicked
- helmet of salvation
- Sword of the spirit -word of God
Verse 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
All of the above help us in our battles. Lately my focus has been on prayer. I used to dread praying because I never knew what to say. I felt like I wasn’t giving it my all when praying. I started writing my prayers and saying them like I meant it and things have been changing. I don’t have a space that I can go in and shut the door but my laundry room is my space where I can be alone with God even if it is for a few minutes.
Prayer changes things and it is a good weapon against Satan. I’ve been reading a book called Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer. It has changed my perspective on prayer. I needed this book to help me see where I was lacking in prayer and to realize that my passion for prayer was gone. Each chapter has a strategy that Satan uses and how you should pray to overcome each obstacle, temptation and problem he throws at you.
I challenge any woman reading this to get a copy of this book. Being specific and having a plan of action in prayer are important!
I come from a family of pray-ers. I don’t think that is a word but it is now. My Mamaw Nickels could pray for anything or anyone. I knew God heard that woman’s prayers. I used to love being at hers and Papaw’s house when they prayed. I loved listening to their prayers. They always were so thankful and they prayed with passion and all their might. They prayed at their couch. My Dad is another praying man. I used to sneak up on the stairs when he would go upstairs to get away and pray so I could sneak a listen to him praying. I didn’t know until recently that he did the same thing to his Dad (Papaw Nickels) when he was younger. My Grandpa Wagoner would always get so choked up when praying over a meal. He was so thankful for all of the family and you could tell that he was thankful. It always made me cry. I used to sit with my Grandma Wagoner sometimes in church. She was a silent pray-er but she always cried and knelt in the pew and I felt that she was praying with all her heart. My Mom used to help me prayer as a kid. She taught me to say the prayer for food and to pray for my family. I am so grateful that she did.
I believe it is important to have good Godly examples in your life that you can look up to. People that have it and make you want to have it too. I am thankful for my family.
I am grateful for the book that I am reading (Fervent) and how it has changed my prayer life. Reading has made a little light bulb go off in my head. It has finally clicked!
I challenge each and every one of you to make a battle plan in prayer and make sure that you wear the full armour of God.
Love from above!