"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching
thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" Ephesians
warns us in the above scripture, but what is the big deal? Why praying
always? I've got plenty of other things to think about. I can't be praying
all the time! How can I be thinking about God when I am trying to figure out
what things I have to be sure to get done today, whether my dentist bill is
correct, what I'm going to fix for dinner, and what things I need to buy at
the grocery store? Come on Paul! You've got to be kidding!
the "prince of this world." What does a prince do? He thinks a
great deal of himself if he's like most princes. He has power over people.
He has charge over people who carry out his commands. He expects to get his
1Peter 5:8-9 says:
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the
faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren
that are in the world."
can not change the salvation status of a Christian. However, many Christians
are unconcerned about satan
because they think he has no power over them.
BIG MISTAKE! Satan
is going to do everything in his power to prevent
Christians from doing their "Christian thing."
you ever noticed that brand new freshly-saved Christians many times start
going through some major trials? Satan
tries to convince them that being a
Christian is not a good thing. He wants to pull them down before they have a
chance to learn more about Jesus and before they have a chance to tell
others about Jesus. He wants them to become discouraged and not grow in the
Examine the lives of people who are strong Christians, especially the ones
who are leaders in the body. Take a look at any strong Christian who is
effective in bringing people closer to the Lord -- teachers, pastors, praise
leaders, etc. Satan
is very interested in pulling them down and putting them
out of commission. He is going to throw temptations in their paths, pit
other people against them, and do whatever he can to disable them from being
effective for Christ.
has no control over the ultimate future of the Christian, but he does have a
chance at the unsaved. He wants to prevent Christians from causing more
people to hear the gospel. He finds out where your Achilles' Heel is and
works on that. You probably won't recognize his work. He is very devious. As
a matter of fact, 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us:
"And no marvel; for satan
himself is transformed into an angel of light. "
is why Paul said we must pray always with all prayer and supplication in the
Spirit, and watch with all perseverance and supplication for all Christians.
We are in danger of being used and attacked by satan
! We must keep our minds
in a state of prayer. By a state of prayer, I mean communication with God.
Prayer is simply conversation with God.
Paul tells us in Hebrews13:5:
"Let your conversation be
without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he
hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
Holy Spirit becomes a part of us when we become saved and that puts God
continuously with us. If we are continuously aware that He is there then we
will naturally have our minds on Him. With our minds on Him we will be in
contact with Him. Throughout each day we can offer Him praise and worship
Him. We can ask questions and listen for answers.
you have your mind on God you will become closer and closer to Him. You will
begin seeking His advice on things. You will begin seeing things through His
eyes. He will help you identify satan's tricks. He will help you to see when
prayer is necessary for another Christian who is being attacked. He will
even help you figure out what things you have to be sure to get done today,
whether you dentist bill is correct, what you're going to fix for dinner,
and what things you need to buy at the grocery store!
help would you rather have than God's? Think about it!
Remember, Jesus defeated satan
at the cross. The war has already been won!
In this particular war, though, the battles rage on. Be alert and be ready.
knows you have the right to rebuke him in Jesus' name. He's hoping you
don't know that!
your mind in a continuous state of prayer and be sure to wear your battle
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be
able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against
flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand
therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the
breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the
gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall
be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" Ephesians
the High Commander. You need to stay in constant communication with Him.
Keep your mind on Him. Make a conscious effort. Work on it until it becomes
second nature and no long needs conscious effort. Your life will never be