DEVOTIONAL: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2, ESV.
CHALLENGE: A “spiritual war is taking place around” us, the New Testament makes this abundantly clear. Here are several truths we face on a daily bases: Everywhere we look (on billboards, in the news, in books and movies) some sin is being glorified. We are called to live in this world but not be of this world. All aspects of the Armour of God are spiritual tools at our disposal in order to fight in this war (see Eph. 6:13-18). With these truths in mind how can we pray defensively?
In chapter 28 of The Battle Plan for Prayer Kendrick gives us the acronym RESPOND. He says that it “is a powerful, biblically based battle plan to help you strategically respond to a personal attack by the enemy.” When we face temptations to lust, fear, live in condemnation, when we are discouraged, begin to rationalize sin, or “lies are trying to take root” in our hearts, we can RESPOND.
“Resist Satan in Jesus’ name”, (James 4:7).
“Escape with Scripture”, (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“Search for unconfessed sin”, (James 4:8).
“Plead the blood of Jesus”, (1 John 1:7-9).
“Overtake ground given to Satan”, (Ephesians 4:26-27).
“Name someone in targeted prayer”, (Ephesians 6:17-19).
“Delight in the Lord”, (Psalm 27:6).
Let us RESPOND in prayer, in our personal prayer lives, with our families and friends, and in our churches. How are we responding to God’s call to live perfect lives? How are we responding to sin in our lives and in our world?