Preparing for Battle Part 5 (Pray Always)
“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
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Prayer is such an important part of our Battle armor. Although it is not given a designated portion of the body to protect, it covers everything at once. We are told to pray with perseverance, continuing to pray no matter the circumstance or the outcome. We are told to pray without ceasing, relentless in laying our requests at the feet of Jesus. We should be…
“rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;”
Think for a moment, If prayer and the answers to prayer are based on faith, how can one expect a serious answer to a flippant prayer? Yes, God hears every prayer, from the loudest cry to the softest whisper, but He also reminds us too pray with faith and not doubt. Being steadfast to continue in prayer even when it appears that the enemy is winning the battle.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
Prayer will cover you like a blanket of chainmail that the enemy cannot cut through with his sharpest sword but doubting before you’ve even begun to pray, is like stepping into the sea and hoping you won’t get wet. To be clear, God may not answer your prayer in the way you wanted no matter how much you believe that it will happen, but if you pray all things according to His will, you will find that He gives you a peace in His answer whatever the outcome may be.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
Some, of us pray for the salvation of a loved one. Sometimes we repeat that prayer for many years. Others may be praying for healing and wondering why the Lord hasn’t heard or answered them. Some pray for relief from fear, depression, or pain, and some for protection and provision in times of need. Whatever you pray for, pray in faith believing, ask for His will in everything and know that He hears your prayers even if you can’t seem to get an answer. Sometimes the answer has already come and we just haven’t seen it yet.
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Pray with faith even the size of a mustard seed and you will see God move mountains, defeat demons, and change the hearts of those we never thought could change. Whatever your battle is, wherever you are on the road to eternity, the journey is always one foot in front of the other, praying, preparing, and putting your faith in the Lord God Almighty.
P.S. I leave you with a poem I wrote during the worst trial my family has faced thus far. Though I was burdened with the change in direction our lives had taken and felt surrounded by enemies on every side, I know that God was with me and He was the strength that kept me going.
“This broken mustard seed”
The skin across my knuckles white,
Wet Lashes pressing tightly,
Knees against my chest tucked in,
I know that You are mighty.
Though I can’t see them closing in,
I know that I’m surrounded,
Your wings become my shelter again,
How deaf the silence sounded.
If on these lips Your name is spoken,
And flee the demons do...
Then I will sing of praise and power,
And glory all to You.
This broken mustard seed may not,
Be powerful or strong,
But even cracked and scarred it shakes,
the mountains with a song.