Spiritual warfare is inevitable for everyone living on this planet. It is a way of fighting against the works of mysterious evil forces or demons, that intervene in human affairs in various ways.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age. Against spiritual host of wicked in the heavenly place Ephesians 6:12.
Prayer is spiritual warfare. The unseen spiritual powers are positioned against believers. Without a strong prayer life, a believer is at the mercy of these Unseen powers.
Prayerless people are attacked by evil forces of which they are usually unaware. Only a few Christians recognize the extent evil powers can exercise in their affair.
Many concern themselves mainly with flesh and blood, using their physical strength to battle or fight against opposition they can see.
They do not realize that flesh and blood are the real enemies they have. Paul in Ephesians 6:13-18 reveals the nature of the Christians warfare.
He designates the Amour and the weapons that we need to make successful warfare.
PRAYER: A WAR AGAINST THE DEVIL!
Equipped with the Amour, Every Christian must offensively pray against the devil. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit.
Being watchful to this effect with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints Ephesians 6:18.
Spiritual warfare is against the enemy; that seeks to take advantage of us at every given opportunity.
In the days of Job, when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord. Satan also came among them Job 1:6.
He showed up too, with the purpose of causing trouble. Because that’s what he is good at. God allowed Satan to attack Job and his household.
Satan was responsible for the Sabeans attack on Job’s servants, he also caused the lightning to strike Job’s flocks and consume them.
He was the author of the cyclone. Which destroyed the building where Job’s children were. It was the devil that put painful boils on Job’s body Job 2:7.
And Job said THE LORD has taken away” Job 1:21 Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will leave this life. The LORD gives, and the LORD has taken. Blessed be the name of the LORD.
What a great thing it is for one’s sense to be able to discern what really takes place in the heavenlies? The Bible gives us a view of what occurs in the spirit world.
In Daniel chapter 10, we see a glimpse of the devil’s activities in the world system. Here one of Satan’s chief officer is described as the “Prince of Persia”.
Every nation has a prince of the kingdom of darkness assigned to it. This powerful spirit has a legion of lesser spirit under him they carry out his orders.
And through them, Satan maintains his kingdom and accomplishes his purpose of seducing and deceiving men on earth.
At the time of Daniel’s prayer, Daniel was so disturbed of the constant harassment, humiliation and suffering the Jews are passing through in their native land.
Daniel wondered what would become of His generation and the generations unborn in time to come.
He was so burdened and the afflictions of his people pressed heavily on his heart. And he decided to set aside to meditate and seek the face of God.
Asking God to make known to him the reason behind it. Daniel gave himself to prayer and fasting and decided never to give up until he receives an answer from the Lord.
Daniel was used to getting his prayers answered immediately. But this time the case was different. He was never discouraged instead he pushed on to new efforts.
Days passed by with no sign that God heard his prayer. Until the twenty-first day of Daniel’s prayer, something happened!
An angel from the Lord suddenly came to him. And informed him that from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God.
Your words were heard. And God had sent me to bring the answer to you. But an evil power, the prince of the kingdom of Persia” withstood me twenty-one days.
And behold, Michael, one of the chief angels came to save me. Daniel 10:12,13.
This is perhaps one of the most remarkable revelations in the Old Testament. These verses give a unique impression of what takes place in the Unseen world.
The Unseen Powers of darkness inhabit the heavenlies, and manipulate events in the world, though within the limits of divine permission.
Earthly kingdoms are under the influence of well-organized forces of wickedness. Subordinate princes, who in turn, have armies of Demons under them.
But they work towards one purpose, which is to bring all inhabitants of this planet under their control. Only the power of the Gospel can have any effect in changing man’s fallen nature.
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain. Showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said to him, All this authority I will give you and their glory. For this has been delivered to me, and I give whomever I wish. Luke 4:5-6.
Spiritual powers in high places can only be ousted by spiritual warfare.
The prince of Persia is strong: For three good weeks, he was able to withhold the angel from getting through to Daniel.
But Daniel continued praying, and when God sent reinforcements by the Archangel Michael. The power of darkness was, at last, forced to give way.
What if Daniel had given up? Daniel’s faithfulness in prayer had a determining effect on the outcome of the struggle in the heavenlies.
Because he persisted in prayer, the prince of Persia was defeated. The need for everyone to intercede until the answer comes is seen in Ezekiel 22:30-31.
We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, in high places. Spiritual mountains and kingdoms must be fought with spiritual warfare.
Never you accept failure or defeat. Though the answer sometimes may be delayed, it will surely come. You must not allow yourself to be moved.