May 21 The Warfare of Prayer

Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:22–30

Key Verse: Psalm 143:8

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Why do we so easily neglect prayer? Why do we so often seek solutions in our own strength and resources instead of quickly turning to God in prayer?

True, our flesh is weak; but there is another reason why our prayer life can be ineffective or sporadic: we have an archenemy, the devil, who constantly works to keep us off our knees. Why? Our adversary—and he is exactly that—knows that victory comes as we seek and trust God in personal prayer.

Satan craftily gets us too busy to pray. He deceives us into thinking that life is lived only on the physical plane. As a believer, you are preeminently a spiritual being, indwelt by the Spirit of God. Therefore, you have a spiritual enemy—Satan—and to defeat him, you must employ spiritual weapons.

No weapon is mightier than prayer. That is where the battle is fought and won. When we turn to God and trust Him, we have placed the matter squarely in the hands of the One who has soundly defeated the devil and who leads in His sure triumph.

Your enemy is too strong for you, but not for your risen and ascended Lord. Come to Him in prayer, and watch Him win the battles that you could not achieve in your own strength.

Precious Lord, the enemy is too strong for me, but You are greater than all his powers. Please fight my battles. I cannot win in my own strength.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 148). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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