Tag Archive: Prayer


“Remnant of Judah, the Lord has told you, ‘Do not go to Egypt.’ Be sure of this: I warn you today that you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the Lord your God and said, ‘Pray to the Lord our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.'”

Jeremiah 42:19-20 (NIV)

“Heavenly Father, I praise and exalt you. Thank you for this day. I ask for car troubles, long lines, confused waiters, upset stomachs and most of all, to feel generally rotten for the rest of the day, and then to go to bed and get a horrible night sleep” isn’t the type of prayer that any of us would logically lift up to God. No, we’re more likely to ask that no harm, hurt, or danger befall us. How often do we ask for something “dangerous” like God’s will to be done when we’re really asking that His will be done as long as it’s not an inconvenience?

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“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.”

Ezekiel 22:30 (NIV)

Do you know that, as a Christian, Satan is accusing you of as sorts of things 24 hours a day to God (Revelation 12:10)? Some of the things you’re being accused of you’ve likely done and in a court of law, you’d be found guilty and would have to pay the punishment for your crimes. However, there’s One who stands before God, on your behalf, pleading your case. This person is Jesus and it was His sacrifice on the cross that has purchased our freedom.

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Aren’t routines great? When you do the same things over and over again nothing takes you by surprise. You’re ready for whatever comes since you know what to do and when to do it. Yesterday I said that “When you make God the first part of your daily routine it’s anything but routine.” After something that happened today, however, I might just have to re-evaluate what I said yesterday.

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Scripture

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Observation

Did you know that there are at least 21 different words to describe the wind in various places of the world? The wind can erode mountains and topple buildings. We hear its sound and we can feel it on our bodies. The wind is important to our ecosystem. It can carry seeds from one place to another (anemochory). We respect the wind. Its power and its force, but we can’t see it. We know that it’s real because we can see, we can feel and we can hear its effects.

Do we rail against it? Wage war against it? Are there wanted posters for it? Of course not. I’d say that most of us just live with it and let it do whatever it wants to do. We work around it in our lives. We build shelters to protect us from it. For the most part, we treat evil the same way as we do the wind. We build prisons, hire police, create laws, and wage war against the physical forces of evil.

We treat the symptoms of evil with carnal weapons when evil can only be fought and defeated by spiritual means. We wage war against flesh and blood. We see the effects of fighting evil with carnal weapons and we think we are winning by the body count it brings. How’s that working for us? 150 million to 1 billion estimated lives lost throughout the wars in human history with at least 108 million people killed in wars in the twentieth century.

Since evil is a spiritual force, like the wind is a nature force, we can only fight evil through spiritual means. How do we fight spiritual forces? Do we pray against them? No, we pray for people. We pray that God’s will be done. We lift prayers to God and let Him fight the battles for us knowing that only He can win the day.