Prayer is not just talking to God it is preparing yourself to fight against what will hurt.
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. Ephesians 6 v 12
Lord, the defeated don’t fight anymore, but those who follow you know the battle is relentless.
I am in a war. It’s the war of the soul. It is our struggle. I am not alone. It is a community fight. You fill us with the Spirit and the impact is seen in our submission in community and in marriage, in the home and work. It is also where the arguments exist. But that’s not where you want me to argue. I begin again today. Whether hurting or angry, bitter or complaining, I silence myself. That person is not the problem. So I refuse to argue anymore in my mind with them.
As I talk to you I know there is one talking to me constantly moving against your purposes in my life, church, community and nation. He sows seeds of doubt and confusion. He wants many to retreat and surrender to him not YOU.
So I contend in prayer.
As I talk to you I also declare against the enemy of my soul. I fight the rulers, authorities, the powers and the spiritual forces. I don’t care how organised the devil is nor where these positional forces are but I speak radically and passionately in prayer against those opposed to your purposes. I am not sure how to differentiate them, others have their opinion on this, but I don’t care, I just take my stand.
I know they seek to frustrate Your plan for my life. So I commit myself to your will once again.
I know they seek to attack me when I least expect it so I stand alert today. I stand alert to the community you have placed me in. I stand alert in all my relationships with people. I stand alert and I go to the cross.
They seek discouragement but you cannot discourage what has died to self.
In prayer I die.
In the Amen I rise, ready for the battle has been won for today.