DEVOTIONAL: “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, ESV.
CHALLENGE: Praying disciples are not perfect disciples; they are obedient disciples. Watching the news or reading the headlines from around the world we see that evil is everywhere and is only getting worse. We cannot stand on the sidelines and expect the next Christian “prayer warrior” to fight the battle with prayer. We cannot allow our pastors or ministers to wage the war on behalf of his congregation alone. As the Apostle Paul said to the church at Corinth, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of flesh but of divine power…” (emphasis added). As Christians we are disciples, as disciples we are in the spiritual war together.
The Holy Spirit equips us to fight, and our weapon is prayer. Praying with authority is the greatest weapon the enemy fears. J. Oswald Sanders describes prayer as the “most formidable and potent in our conflict with ‘the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ (Ephesians 6:12).”
What gives us the power to pray with authority? The Scriptures can help. But above all, a relationship with our Lord and Saviour and a faith that He will do what He says He will do. What is standing our your way of praying with authority to “fight the good fight” (1 Timothy 6:12a)?
DEVOTIONAL: “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5, ESV.
CHALLENGE: As Christians we are Christ’s disciples; as disciples of Christ we need to be training to become like Him. In order to be trained we require communication between the trainer and the trainee. As Christians we do this through reading the Bible (God to us) and prayer (us to Him). J. Oswald Sanders touches on this in chapter 13,”The Disciple’s Prayer Life”, of his book Spiritual Discipleship. Being a disciple means to be in the thick of things, during the good times and the bad times. God want us to come to Him no matter what situation we find ourselves in. That is the blessed gift of prayer, we can go before our High Priest. Sanders describes prayer as “an amazing paradox. In is a blend of simplicity and profundity. It can be agony or an ecstasy. It can focus on a single objective, or it can roam the world.”
“To the maturing disciple, God’s interests will always be paramount.” How are we praying? What or whose interests are paramount in our prayer lives? Are we praying like the Master prayed in the Gospels?