Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #15

 

Entry# 015   Praying for Strength to Use our Offensive Weapons Against Satan

There are times we have to defend ourselves against the fiery darts of the Devil by putting on the whole armor of God.  But sometimes we have use offensive strategies because Satan has already stolen so much from us. We have to go after him with a vengeance and without fear to recover it all. The Kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent takes it by force. Prayer is a spiritual weapon of warfare against the kingdom of darkness. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high place. Our offensive weapons are the word of God, the name of Jesus, and the blood of Jesus. We have to go to the enemy’s camp and take back what he has stolen from us using these offensive weapons. For Satan comes only to steal, kill and destroy; but Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly.  The Devil wants to steal our joy, kill our faith, and destroy our hope. He tries to steals our joy by using people and circumstances to make us sad. He attempts to kill our faith in God by trying to convince us to not wait on God, and to rely on our own strength and abilities so that we cannot please Him. For he knows without faith it is impossible to please God. The Devil tries to destroy our hope by causing us to think negatively about our lives, our present situations, and our future, as to influence how we live. He knows that right thinking produces right living. The good thing is that we do not have to fight him in our own strength. All we have to do is stand, and having done all, stand in the liberty wherewith Christ have made us free. We can stand on the word of God, the name of Jesus, and on the blood of Jesus. Satan is a defeated foe. Jesus’ death on the cross empowered Him to snatch the keys of death, hell and the grave from Satan. All we have to do is accept the authority God has given us, use it against the Devil, and walk in it daily.  The only way we can do that is to know who we are in Christ. Our identity as an empowered, beloved child of God must be the guiding force behind everything we do and believe. When we pray for divine strength, we can stand still and see the salvation of the Lord; He will wage war on the enemy. The battle is not our, it is the Lord’s. He has already fought the battle for us and won.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God, you told us to not be ignorant of the devices of Satan. As he seeks our demise, we know that you have already defeated him. Help us to pray in the spirit using your word, and exercise the power you have given us .Help us to come boldly into your presence for strength, and to live courageously because of the finished works of Jesus Christ. We ask this Jesus’s name, Amen.

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