Read: Psalm 136:1-26, Matthew 28:18, 1 Peter 5:8
The challenge with praying is that we are always being attacked. Satan is a terrorist and he will stop at nothing to defeat us.
When I lift my head above the daily routine of motherhood, I'm very aware that war is happening in our world. It is hard to turn the news on and not see another shooting or terrorist attack. We live in division and feel defenseless.
Satan uses fear to attack our hearts. It grips us and holds us hostage. He uses our biggest fears to feed us his biggest lies.
You are unworthy.
You are not safe.
You are all alone.
In our greatest moments of fear and abandonment it is natural to ask where God is in all of this pain.
Scripture is quick to remind us that God has the ability to harden hearts. He uses people like Pharaoh to attack His chosen people, the descendants of Isaac, to teach them to trust Him. These are the verses that are hard to swallow. Yet, we are told to not be afraid, God is with us.
The biggest difference between God's plan and Satan's attacks is God does everything out of love and Satan does everything to bring fear.
What we must realize is that this is part of the big picture, the ultimate battle between good and evil. An army wife once told me, "If I allowed myself to think about what could happen to my husband if he was ever captured by the enemy, I would live my life in fear. I had to trust that God would take care of him and that this war has already been won."
While war is very real to the flesh and blood there is also a very real war being waged for our hearts.
While Satan is attacking us, the Holy Trinity is fighting for us. Psalm 136 tells us 26 times that "His love endures forever." Because God sent his son, Christ, to die for our sins, this war has already been won. The enemy has been defeated and one day this story will be on its' final chapter. God himself will come and live with us in a new heaven and earth.
Whenever we experience the tragedies of war, let these words be hope to our hurting hearts. Instead of feeling defenseless, let us create a shield of protection around our hearts through prayer.
Satan hates how you have committed yourself to pray to God for twenty-one days. He is going to attack you with all he’s got. Don’t give in and believe his lies. Stand firm in your faith and lean into the truth spoken by Jesus Christ even more. Now, more than ever, believers in Jesus need to link arms and be witnesses of His great love. Lift your head above your current circumstances and nastiness of this world and know that the enemy has already been defeated. Together, let our hearts sing for joy at the work of the Lord.
Today marks the end of your first full week of participating in the prayer challenge. Give yourself a victory cheer! In our worksheet for today, we are going to plan our defense when Satan attacks us.
Join us on Tuesday, January 12th at 6:00 p.m. for our Undivided Women Launch Party at Covenant United Methodist Church. Invite your friends and learn more about this exciting new ministry for our community!