How do I pray when I am under spiritual attack is the million dollar question asked by Christians? Do you know that the Christian life is a hub of spiritual attacks, one after the other?
When you are in it, there is no escaping the arrows of the enemy. Satan, demons and the powers of darkness are real, crippling and troublesome. At times we recognize it but in most cases, we don’t.
The only purpose of Lucifer, the fallen angel, is to get people to join his ever-growing army. He works night and day to ensure this. The Bible illustrates it better in 1st Peter 5:8:
Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
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Spiritual warfare explained
Spiritual warfare is still unclear to a good number of Christians. When they hear the two words, the immediate thing that rushes to their minds is demons stalking them. They imagine the picture of an ugly-looking creature paying them a visit in the thick of the night with a machete ready to pounce on them and drink all their blood.
In his “God Wins“sermon series, C.S Lewis Mentioned two errors people make when it comes to Satan. They either have (a) a wrong fascination with him or (b) choose to ignore him. Which category do you belong to? Here are a few signs you may be under spiritual attack that can help you answer the question.
Zero desire for spiritual things:
When you notice that the things of God no longer please you like they used to, you are in imminent danger. A Christian that loves God is full of spiritual desire and delights in godly issues.
1. Physical fatigue:
This may sound odd but it is nonetheless a fact. When you begin realizing consistent weakness in the physical body, chances are your soul and spirit is also under spiritual attack.
2. Perpetual lack:
This is perhaps the enemy’s best weapon to put you down as a child of God. He dries up all your resources at one go and focuses on getting your eyes of God.
3. Picking up old habits:
It is one thing to win a victory over a certain iniquity but another to keep the fire of holiness burning forever. The moment the old habits resurface, realize you are up for battle with the devil.
4. The feeling of helplessness:
Faith as the Bible puts it in Hebrews 11:1 “is the substance of things hoped for”. The devil knows this and always works hard to steal hope away from God’s children.
5. Diminishing prayer life:
Have you ever gone through a season in your life when prayer was the heaviest burden to bear? A time when you behaved like the disciples who couldn’t pray and watch for just one hour with Jesus? This is another sign you could be under spiritual attack.
6. Staying far from godly relationships:
The next step after picking up old habits is the urge to pull away from godly relationships. When this happens, the devil is on your case.
These are just examples of when a Christian is at war with Satan. When you develop a closer relationship with the Almighty, He reveals many other instances where you have to realize the need to put up a fight.
The good news is that you are an overcomer. Christ already overcame the battle for you. You only need to “put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” as the Bible puts it in Ephesians 6:11.
How to pray to overcome a spiritual attack
God has overcome the weapons of the dark world. The question is, how do you pray the prayer to unlock this victory when all around you seems like a battlefield? First of all, realize that the devil is under God’s feet as Ephesians 1:22 tells us. Begin by acknowledging this fact. You are a co-heir with Christ whom at his sight, demons scattered in all directions.
Tap into this supernatural power by speaking to the temptation, situation, experience, hopelessness about Jesus’s finished work on the cross. You are no longer under any captivity of the evil but have the power to say no to unrighteousness and take your rightful place in the kingdom as a Christian.
Realize that even though the devil is like a “lion who prowls around looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8)”, Christ came to set the captives free for whoever the son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36). You are no longer under the command of Satan, you can attain the freedom of Christ if you want to. The devil may intimidate you and bring fear all around you but remember God has not given you the spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Tim 1:7).
Warfare Prayer to Combat Spiritual Attack
Dr. Mathews taught about the “warfare prayer”, the kind that chases demons away from you and your affairs. He insisted on speaking in authority to the demons to leave you alone. You have to do this loudly and assertively knowing He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Also, there’s power in acknowledging the simple but powerful fact that God loves you and has forgiven your sins. Therefore you have every right to bind the powers of hell and send them packing to where they originated from.
Remember that victory belongs to Jesus, not Satan. Repeat this as much as you as you pray making sure you have faith in His saving grace. If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)? Not even the king of the kingdom of the dark world can be against you as a Christian. Let the devil know that you are untouchable because God is for you.
Finally, thank the Lord for giving you victory over all attacks from the devil and praise Him for keeping you in perfect peace until the day of Christ Jesus. Give him honor and glory because might and wisdom are his as Daniel put it.
The key to prevailing over Satan is to be fierce, courageous and relentless. Regardless of what you are feeling, acknowledge the power of God during the spiritual attack. You may be weak, afraid and discouraged, but like David said in Psalm 121:1-2,
I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
Look to Him and watch him lift the burdens off of you.