Something pretty obvious was brought to my attention this morning during prayer time: when we pray for the lost and deceived – especially interceding for anyone who influences the minds of a lot of people – it’s imperative to remember to pray for ourselves as well to experience our rightful protection under the Blood of Jesus Christ.
We also need to ask for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, guidance, and divine empowerment on a continual basis. We need the finished work of Jesus Christ, yes. But also the power of His ongoing Presence through the Holy Spirit to make it real in our life in order for us to be successful spiritual warriors.
Sometimes it’s the obvious that renders the spiritual warrior vulnerable: we forget to pray for ourselves! It’s a chink in the armor. James reminds us that we often have not because we ask not (James 4:2). He also invites us: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind…” (James 1:5,6)
It became clear to me that I was assuming, not asking. There simply can be no assumptions made, when it comes to spiritual warfare, especially these days. It’s kind of like writing a document on the computer: hit the “save” button often, even if you think you’re OK. You never know…
Lately I kept wondering why I was getting slammed hard with adversity. The oppression was palpable! It seems that I’d overlooked asking for protection and holy wisdom for myself in the process of praying for and providing “spiritual conflict resolution” to others.
Upon self examination, it became clear that these frequent and vigorous “attacks” were not due to weakness or sin, but instead due to the fact that inroads were being made on behalf of the kingdom of God! And that’s clearly not a very popular idea with the “occupational forces” who are being evicted through our prayers.
So when I finished up praying for a particular soul this morning, someone who is very deceived and influences a good many “followers”, for some reason I was reminded to follow that up with prayer for myself and my loved ones. Thanks be to God!
Peter reminds us, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
And also especially in these times, at the culmination of the age, it is essential that spiritual warriors cover their own and one another’s backs at all times in this way: “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ( Thessalonians 5:17,18). Ceaseless rejoicing and gratitude elevate our minds into the heavenly reality where Christ is seated. (See Colossians 3:1)
I hope this will help anyone who may be experiencing being “under” attack, to be able to rise “above” it! Sometimes it’s the simplest answer that we forget or overlook.