The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace. ~Exodus 14:14
I receive so many emails from good Christian people who are looking for God to help them through a difficult crisis in their life. They question… why they are going through the difficulties? and where is God through all of this? Unfortunately, following Christ each day, living a Godly life does NOT mean you are immune from the trials and tribulations of life. You have to understand that there is a very real enemy named satan, who is actively trying to disrupt the work of God. In addition, Jesus told us what satan’s goal is concerning YOU in John 10:10, to KILL STEAL, AND DESTROY.
These past two weeks have been particularly hectic for me at work. However, due to the hectic work schedule, I found myself trying to integrate my prayer life throughout my workday more than usual. As things got stressful, I tried to find ways to calm myself with prayer. It seemed the more I prayed, the more I was tested. The enemy came at me every way possible. The more he pressed, the more I pressed back. Let’s just say… he got tired of pressing.
What would you do if someone began to push against you, attempting to throw you off a position that is rightfully yours? How would you respond? Most people would lean into the weight and push back. That’s a posture of resistance. And as believers, we must know when it’s time to lean with all our might against evil. But how?
Prayer is the believer’s great privilege and powerful weapon against Satan and his plans. The apostle Peter wrote, “Resist him, steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9). James echoed this teaching:
“Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7-8).
I know sometimes you want to crawl up in a corner and Pray to God that your problems just go away. But, that’s not exactly how it works! Problems are meant to be defeated, We should not be defeated by our problems. If God took away every problem that we encountered, every time we prayed, We would never know how it feels to overcome them. You can’t have a victory without winning the battle, just as you can’t have a testimony without passing God’s test. Instead of praying for God to take your problems away, Pray for Him to give you strength to conquer them. Today, get in the mindset: “I will not be defeated… I may have a big problem, but MY GOD is bigger! Ask God to protect you and fight your battles for you. I assure you, the Battle is already won because God never loses a battle!