Sometimes we think that our forgetfulness to pray, or our distraction from our relationship with God, or our capitulation to the world and values around us are a result of our own busyness. Or perhaps there are times when the fire of your faith suddenly feels like it is burning low, or even in danger of being snuffed out, especially following a period of vibrant or intense relationship with the Lord. The Bible makes clear that those things might be symptoms of something much more serious. It's often called spiritual warfare, and it is something real and something about which we will pray this week. Fighting a spiritual battle can seem frightening, but the Lord has given us weapons with which to fight, and the promise that His Spirit prevails. Martin Luther used to begin each day by recalling that he was baptized...a way of fighting the battle
Our prayer focus this week: Winning the Battle
God’s promises on which you can rely, as you pray throughout the week:
- God's weapons for spiritual battle - 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
- We are more than conquerors through Christ - Romans 8:37
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
- Put on the armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-12
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
- God has ultimately disarmed our foe at the cross - Colossians 2:15
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
- Fight the battle with faith - 1 Timothy 1:18
Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well
- Resist the devil and he will flee you - James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
- Greater is He - 1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
This week, focus your prayer on:
- Pray that the Lord, who is strong when we are weak, would guard you from every evil.
- Remember that you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God and nothing can snatch you away.
- Pray that the Spirit would work in power in CLC to fight in us and for us against the deeper powers with which we contend.
- Pray that God would dress you in his spiritual armor. Pray that you would be unhesitating in wearing it.
- Ask that God would comfort you in times of testing and give you endurance to stand.
- Pray that this day you would be willing to surrender in faith to the full authority of God.
- Thank God that he has made every provision for you, and that at the cross he has ultimately disarmed the evil one.
Each day, you can begin or end your day with these prayers by Martin Luther:
Luther’s Morning Prayer:
I thank you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that you would keep me this day also from sin and ever evil, that all my doings and life may please you. For into your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.
Luther’s Evening Prayer:
I thank you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that you would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.