You Prayed for What?
I did the craziest thing at the end of Sunday school yesterday. I prayed at the conclusion of the lesson and I heard myself say, “Lord, help us to grow in spiritual warfare and to learn to use the tools You’ve given us.” Part of my brain was already sending up red flags. “What are you saying? That’s like asking for patience! You pretty much asked for spiritual attack.” Yep, I sure did. No, I don’t know what I was thinking. I do know there was no time wasted in the answer to this prayer!
I could feel something was “off” in my conversation with my daughter this afternoon and it felt like so many times before when we’ve gotten into fights. But I couldn’t stop myself long enough to really recognize and deal with that feeling. I should’ve stopped; prayed and cast the enemy out of the conversation. I didn’t.
Next thing you know, we’re yelling at each other and crying and hurting each other’s feelings, like we haven’t done in months. Over nothing. Over misinterpretation. Over not hearing what was really being said.
Angry, angry, angry. We parted ways for awhile (always a good idea) and then we tried talking about it again. More anger. More tears. Still not working.
Enemy in the Midst
Finally I said, “Can we acknowledge that the enemy is probably coming between us right now because we can’t hear what the other person is really saying? For real.” That does happen. I think one way my daughter and I can recognize this is happening with us is when we are both saying, “What are you talking about?!”
After we agreed that the enemy was involved on some level, we were able to talk more reasonably and apologize and get back to the truth—neither of us wanted to hurt the other person’s feelings. Then we prayed together and bound the enemy and took the opportunity to break old patterns that he has “worked us over with” before.
Victory is Sure
Yesterday, I talked about those old tracks and patterns the enemy lays in our lives and how he pulls us back to them. We talked about how he thinks he “has us” and how his purpose is our destruction. But praise be to God through Christ Jesus, we are always victorious!
I’m kind of excited now. Because the enemy “showed his hand” like that today, we were able to destroy a long-term pattern in our relationship that he won’t be able to pull us back into. We both agreed if we feel that particular explosive feeling during a conversation, we will stop and pray. But it probably won’t happen again, because the power of the enemy has been broken. We do have weapons of warfare and they are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. (II Cor. 10:4)
That’s what we did today: pull down an old stronghold. Hallelujah! More freedom.
Is the enemy trying to pull you back to an old pattern today? Is there a stronghold you need to demolish through prayer?