Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #17

Entry# 017 Praying to Rebuke the Spirit of Rebellion

Rebellion is a conscious choice to do, think, behave or become the opposite of what you are expected or instructed to do. It is a form of pride and arrogance that says my way is the best and only way, and how I am expected to perform is an inferior plan. Rebellion starts in the mind, and if allowed to, it gets in the soul and the spirit. It reveals itself in disobedience and counterproductive activities. Rebellion is the spirit of the Anti Christ. It started with Lucifer in heaven who wanted to exalt himself above God. God wants His creation to glorify Him as He glorifies us. The Devil wanted to skip that process and glorify himself directly; consequently getting himself kicked out of heaven. In the Garden of Eden, man decided to rebel against God’s instruction and ate the forbidden fruit; which lead to them being kicked out of paradise. God’s plan for us is always for our good. Rebelling against His plan only leads to our destruction. Satan often speaks to our minds about how seemingly foolish and useless God’s directives to us are. There are times when we must rebel against corruption and injustice. We have to vehemently oppose negative regimes and worldviews. But God’s word must be our meter. We cannot only rely on our lose interpretation of Scriptures and our own bias agendas to determine when righteous rebellion is necessary. We have to solely rely on the discernment and direction of the Holy Spirit to properly guide us. We can pray to rebuke that spirit of wicked rebellion, and command our bodies, souls, and spirits to be under subjection to God’s will. When we submit ourselves to God, He causes everything to work together for our good.

Simple Sample Prayer:

Dear God, thank you for the gift of free will. You designed us in your image and likeness, so we have a choice as to whether or not we submit to you. Help us to not grieve the Holy Spirit by rebelling against your plan. Give us the wisdom to know when righteous rebellion is necessary, and the tools to fight injustice and corruption in our world.  Help us to pray for peace, and to walk in it daily. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

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