9 Ways To Win The Battle – Part 7

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 (NKJV)

We are looking at a devotional series titled, 9 Ways To Win The Battle. We are looking at ways to win the battles against the enemy’s temptations, this world’s distractions, and strongholds of sin within our lives. It’s those times when the enemy can get us to take our eyes off of God, and put them on something else—things distracting us, taking our time, resources, and causing strongholds in our Christian walk. 

Today we will be looking at the ninth way to win the battles with temptations, distractions, and strongholds—and it is the mighty weapon of prayer. 

9. We need to pray! (1 Thess 5:17)

If there were one thing distinguishing a true follower of Jesus Christ, it would be prayer. Prayer is simply talking to our Father, God.  If we are to win the war against temptations, distractions, and the strongholds of sin within our life, we need to be praying to God and tapping into His power.  Remember what Jesus said, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Prayer to a Christian believer is like an oxygen line to an astronaut walking in space—it is essential for life.  If we stopped breathing, we would cease to live, and prayer is just as essential for our spiritual lives. 

Pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)

Think of whom you are praying to.  God created everything you see, including you.  God is the most amazing and loving Father.  He is our best friend.  He is the strongest person we can turn to for help in every situation.  He is a virtual GPS with perfect directions to lead us properly every time.  He is the world’s greatest listener, and most wonderful counselor, and so much more.  

The cool thing about praying to God is we can do it anywhere at anytime.  We can be standing, sitting, laying face down, jogging, or bicycling.  We can pray with eyes closed, or eyes open—it doesn’t matter.  Remember, we are seeking the One who cares and loves us enough to have a relationship with us. 

What’s important is this—we must pray in faith and conviction.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1).  We need to remember God is the object of our faith, and our faith rests upon His written word—the Bible.  We cannot put our faith in our emotions, feelings, or human hope—only upon the promises of God contained within His Word.  The way I see it is, He says it, and that settles it! We don’t hope and pray—we trust, pray and believe!

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)

Next—pray with passion! Pray with a deep burning fire and with fervency.  When we pray with this type of passion, believing we will receive what we are asking for, according to His will—we will be effective in defeating the enemy’s attacks to tempt, or distract us (See Matt. 5:6; James 5:16). God is not a genie in a bottle—promising to give us everything we pray for because we really want it—He is a caring and loving Father who will give us what is best for us. 

I want to encourage you to pray more, and to pray with passion and faith. Talk about everything, and ask Him for guidance, wisdom, and discernment.  Seek Him for your provision, and choose to trust in Him alone.  Praise Him for everything in prayer.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about prayer from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you praying continuously, or just here and there?  Are you praying with a deep passion, unwilling to stop unless you see the fruit of your prayer?  Are you praying in faith, regardless of what you may be facing?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to pray all the time, and to do so with confidence—knowing God will hear and answer every prayer in accordance with His perfect will, and in His perfect timing (1 John 5:14-15). 

PRAYER FOR TODAY:  Father, thank You for allowing me to come to You directly. Thank You for allowing me to talk with You and to seek Your will. Father, I pray for every person reading this devotional—asking You to bless them in their prayer life and to show them the fruit of their prayers this week.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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