The great declarations of our heart are so sweet to God as He is pleased with our willingness to follow and obey Him no matter what. As we humbly submit our plans, goals, and entire lives to Him this coming year, we can see the horizon of change coming our way. The comfort of being in His will and experiencing His peace is truly the best place to be.
And as sure as our prayers have been heard and we resolve within ourselves to pursue God with every fiber of our being in 2016, the enemy of our souls is lurking, waiting, and watching like some deranged horror flick villain on the prowl. His name is Satan, Lucifer, liar, thief, murderer, and all things contrary to the true and living God. Today’s blog post is not meant to stir up fear and discouragement within anyone or to put the spotlight on the enemy. However, God forbid that any woman, no matter how tall her church hat or stilettos are, is not prepared for the fight.
“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8
I know I’m not talking to any lady “brawlers” here, so let’s get to the scriptures about how to properly handle the fight that our enemy loves to instigate. Like the coward he is, he never fights fair and loves to keep drama stirred up by preying on the minds of God’s people.
If he can consume our minds with his chaotic thoughts, then he’s already won half the battle because this can impede on our God-actions, faith-actions, and the “Peter walking on water” type of actions if we allow him too. I’m sure you get my drift.
All the enemy has to do is plant one seed of doubt or discouragement and the results often display themselves as loss of joy, buried goals/dreams, and lethargic attempts at remaining focused on the one who has already defeated this cold, calculating, and callous enemy –the one being Jesus.
So how do we remain focused as Christian women even when our world is crumbling, the finance is scarce, and the friends are few? ***Let’s remember how Peter literally walked on water (click here-Matthew 14) as long as his eyes were focused on Jesus. Mind you, the water was rough and choppy with dangerous winds. Raise your hands if you want that type of focus! Let’s explore one great way to get there:
“acquire a prayer life that is in alignment with the intensity and seriousness of a real battle and real victory to be won…”
This is no “mystical” or “secret sauce” formula, but is an urgent call to adopt prayer as a lifestyle that invokes a mind stayed on God. The bible suggests these things concerning prayer:
Focused prayer can be one of the the most difficult things to achieve as busy women who have many responsibilities. But if we believe that God is truly the source of our salvation, approach him boldly as we denounce sin, and come to Him often, we are setting ourselves up for a flourishing relationship with Him as He fights our battles and gives us the peace to stand despite how the enemy tries to take us down with one big punch. Yes, lovely lady! God will fight for us and we can surely put our boxing gloves down!
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14
When is the best time to pray? My answer is that one must never stop praying throughout the course of a day. Begin the day with prayer. Pray in the car. Pray at work. Pray when the co-worker is testing you. Pray because you just want to show gratitude. Pray as you drive the dangerous highways in order to get home. Pray for your enemies. Pray because you just want to tell God that you love Him. Pray for your spouse. Pray for your children. Pray when you are scared. Pray when you are super-happy. Pray when you feel like giving up. Pray for America. This can be done quietly or silently within your heart as you have natural conversations with the Lord. As He gets used to your voice more, you most certainly, will get used to His, as well.
God bless you and feel free to check out this highly recommended book about adopting prayer as a lifestyle: A Praying Life by Paul Miller.