For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
This passage in Ephesians reminds us of the spiritual battle going on around us. It can be easy to forget day to day. We may not see it or feel it in a tangible way sometimes. But we know from God's Word that we will experience the schemes of the devil who desires to steal, kill, and destroy those who would follow Jesus.
Amazingly, we can see that where TRUTH is being lived out, embraced, and obeyed is where the enemy sets an ambush. When we are obedient to make God's house, our homes, and our lives, a house of prayer, that is often where the enemy will attack. These attacks often come in the form of lies that are very tempting to believe.
Common lies about prayer:
- Prayer is boring
- Prayer is not about relationship with God
- Prayer is not about relationship with people
- Prayer doesn't really make any difference
Have you ever been tempted to believe these lies about prayer?
The enemy would have us believe that prayer is not important, not necessary, and not beneficial. However, throughout scripture, we are reminded of the value and supernatural transformation that comes from prayer. The enemy knows that Jesus came to give LIFE and to give it abundantly. He knows that prayer is a key part of an intimate relationship with God and to experiences LIFE through Christ.
We do not have to believe the lies of the devil. We can look to Jesus as our example. He prayed continually and was constantly in relationship with the Father. On the best and worst days, we see Jesus going off to be with his Father in prayer.
When we are tempted by the enemy to believes lies, let's practice running to God with those temptations. He has provided us with the Armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20) to battle those lies with and the example of Jesus to lean on. Join our family in the battle as we continue to pursue a life of prayer.