Let’s continue with our study of Spiritual Warfare by taking a look at another weapon of warfare: prayer.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-5
This life is a battlefield for those who are serious about living for the glory of God. Why?
For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 JOHN 2:16
The motivations and goals of the world operate contrary to the motivations and goals of the Kingdom!! To win this battle we must set things in order in our lives. This doesn’t just happen, it comes through intentional focus.
On the night that Jesus was betrayed – in the looming darkness before the enemy attack – Jesus told His disciples that to be ready for what was coming, they must pray. Upon finding them sleeping instead of praying, Jesus said these words to them:
Could you not tarry with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matt. 26:40-41
That’s our truth: prayer helps us overcome temptation. Our problem: the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
If you want to overcome, you must become a person of prayer.
The exciting thing is that Jesus didn’t just command us to become people of prayer but taught us how to do it!
When a football team lines up to run a play, they first go through a sequence that could be described as “set, ready, go!”
The team will first “line up” to run a set play. Then, they will ready themselves by calling out signals to the entire team to be sure that they are on the same page. Then, the ball is hiked to begin the action. Here’s how it works in prayer:
Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Then, we leave reminding ourselves who has made all this possible:
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!
Prayer is not just where we place our order for God to fulfill but a place of revelation, transformation, and relationship.
Through time with Him, we hear His voice, are changed into His image, and experience His presence.
Jesus told us what is to be our priority. He used it by using the word “first”:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33
Did you catch that?
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
Kingdom priority is a key to answered prayer and victory over the enemy!