Strategy 4: Your Family (pages 71-92)
“As much as the Father loves and embodies unity, your enemy loves and embodies division.” (Fervent, page 78)
Prayer Strategy 4 is about family and when it comes to praying for my family, it can feel like I’m navigating some tricky waters. It’s the place I’ve seen God move mountains that render me speechless. The place I’ve witnessed God show Himself so mighty, it gives me the strength to keep going in the hardest of times. However, it’s also the place I’ve been hit the hardest by satan. Nasty, below-the-belt hits. Worst-fears-come-true hits.
I am a prayer warrior and to be even more specific, a prayer strategist. Praying is like breathing to me. But there’s a hard truth that’s tough to share with anyone. The place I lose heart, wonder if things will ever truly change, and grow weary of praying, is with those closest to me. The ones I love the most. Those in my very own family.
Prayer Strategy 4 was like opening my eyes and finding out I’m not alone. Satan targets all of us. He wants nothing more then to divide our homes. The reminder of just how much the enemy hates what marriage stands for, and how he will stop at nothing to cause conflict in a family, served as a wake-up call for this battle-weary girl.
Priscilla writes of the enemy, “He’s the one who’s most invested in sending each of you out the door every day vulnerable and susceptible to temptation, needy for the unconditional love and acceptance you’re supposed to be giving and receiving from each other” (page 77). That gives me shivers.
Doesn’t so much of what’s been happening in our lives and our family’s lives start to make more sense after reading Prayer Strategy 4? I’m committed to changing the battlefield, as Priscilla urges, from the living room to the prayer room, and fighting back with every spiritual weapon that God has given us. How about you?
For Monday, read Strategy 5: Your Past (pages 93-104)
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Christine is the least likely prayer warrior, whose knees knock when she’s asked to pray out loud. She writes for GodsizedDreams.com and christianwomensvoice.org. Christine can also be found helping to facilitate monthly revivalprayerconnection.com gatherings.