Entry #50 Praying to be Victorious
In this world where Satan roams seeking to destroy us, it is easy to feel like a victim. We can feel victimized by life circumstances beyond our control, by evil people who seek to harm us, and by a world system that is contrary to the will of God. But God says we are more than conquerors; we already are winners because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. Jesus overcame everything for us so that we can walk in victory. Satan wants to constantly remind us of our faults and failures because he is the accuser of the brethren. He is also a liar and the father of lies, so we don’t have to listen to his accusations. When he reminds us of our bad past, we can remind him of his eminent future. He is already defeated; Jesus snatched the keys of death, hell and the grave from him. Instead of rehearsing all the situations that cause us to feel like a victim, we can declare the Word of God over our lives that say we are victorious. Victory is the act of defeating and enemy or opponent in a battle or competition. It is the advantage gained over spiritual enemies, over passions, appetites, temptations or any struggle. The enemy is the Devil; but our greatest enemy is ourselves. We have to fight to be intentional about living in God’s grace and not fall back into self-effort. We are not victorious because of what we have done or can do. We have victory because of what Jesus has done for us. He enables us to overcome Satan, sin, and his fiery darts against us. He helps us to keep our flesh, passions and appetites under subjection so that we can live a victorious life. God is our light and salvation, making our path bright and straight. All we have to do is walk in the victory already made available to us. So praying to be victorious is agreeing with God’s plan and path of victory God provided for us.