Written by Holly Madden, Director of Chapter Development
This month, our LeadHer chapters are diving into the challenging topic of spiritual warfare. The reality is that everyone is susceptible to the enemy’s attacks but few actually acknowledge the wielder of the destructive weapons. We fight back with endurance, but not with faith. We assume the hardship is deserved and so we choose to just accept it and wait for it to end without using the power we have been given. We have forgotten how to fight.
Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we possess. As it says in Ephesians 6:18 in the Message translation, “..prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long.” Prayer was never designed to be a last resort, but the first line of defense.
So why is it that our prayers or spoken out of guilt? Out of shame? Or out of frustration? Why do we go to the Father when we are at our weakest instead of relying on Him to be our strength. Why do we waste our energy on expending all our resources on fighting alone instead of giving our energy to prayer and simply trusting that God will show up.
Why? Because we will not pick up a weapon we cannot trust to protect us. Prayer is not a simple plea for freedom or safety, prayer must come from a place of complete trust that when we hand over our needs to our Father, He will be our source of provision, comfort, peace and protection. Trust means we have to lay down the trust we have in ourselves and depend fully on God.
This also means that we have to accept that our expectations for how we want our battle to be won may not look like what God has planned. We have to be okay with disappointment, because disappointment is the human expression of not getting what we hope for and acknowledging that someone else knows better than we do what is best for us.
It is so hard because our big prayers are often made for those we love. So accepting a different resolution for them is hard- trust is hard, authentic prayer is hard, but living in the peace of God’s presence and purpose is worth the struggle.
My encouragement to you today is to make prayer your first resort. Don’t fight your battles alone, and remember that prayer does not guarantee an immediate resolution, but when we give God our circumstances, He always gives us His strength.