Welcome to my ongoing Monday series, Prayer from A to Z, where you’ll receive coaching and encouragement to make your prayer life soar.

It’s tempting to think, as Christians, that the battle has already been won. After all, Jesus gave His life for us, He defeated the powers of darkness, and rose from the grave, right? And we’ve read the back of the Bible. We win.

Yes, those statements are absolutely true. But according to John 10:10, then enemy wants to kill, steal and destroy. He opposes and attempts to thwart God’s work through every means possible. That means when difficult situations arise, we must fight—through prayer.

If…The earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available—dynamic in its working (James 5:16b), then surely God expects us to wage war on our knees.

There will be times we must fight for our marriages, our children, our health, our peace—the list goes on. We do this through unswerving prayer and a steadfast faith that fights against the powers of darkness, knowing that God is greater.

We fight by refusing to give up on the inside, by confessing scripture over the situation, and by persevering in prayer—even if it takes 15 years (the number of years I prayed for my oldest son’s salvation).

This week, as you pray, remember, sometimes it's a fight. But that's okay. You're fighting the good fight of faith. And your prayers are powerful!

Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and for which you confessed the good confession of faith before many witnesses. (1Timothy 6:12)

Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer life, being both alert and intent in your praying with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)


Susan said...

You're so right, Julie - prayer is a battle! I once had this Star Wars visual of being Princess Leia with the lightsaber, and it made me wonder what prayer looked like in the spiritual realm. I bet we'd be surprised!
Hugs from Roanoke!!

myletterstoemily said...

as a passive creature, don't like to
fight much. with His Spirit enabling,
it is a better battle. :)

Cheryl Barker said...

Julie, this made me think of how Paul described prayer as "wrestling" in Col. 4:12b. I've done lots of wrestling in my time! :)

Blessings to you this week!

Anonymous said...

Amen, Julie! Though Christ has already won the eternal victory, our time here on earth as Christians accomplishes a huge purpose. We are called to be salt and light, and one of the biggest weapons we can wield as we weave in and out of the lives of others is prayer. Keep going strong, my sister. God has many good things ahead for you! :)

Molly said...

A timely reminder to perservere in prayer and that God's timing in His answer it exactly that....His. Blessings, sweet sister in Christ!

AmyAlves said...

Morning Julie!
I'm reading through the book of Colossians right now so your last verse reference really stood out to me this morning. May we give all glory to the King of Kings today, as we prayerfully fight through the battles of sin. Thank you for sharing, I love your prayer Mondays, even if I am late getting to it. ;) ~ Blessings, Amy

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