“Spiritual warfare” is a term synonymous with the Christian world. However, very few people know what it is or even what to do about it.
The best way to explain the term is by comparing it to physical war. Most historical battles were about controlling territory for political purposes. Spiritual warfare, on the other hand, can be viewed as a battle for control over people’s souls. God and Satan are always in a battle to win the souls of people.
To overcome the spiritual battle within us, we are advised to pray incessantly. However, how should one pray in spiritual warfare?
- Pray in Spirit
Praying in the spirit simply means having a deep-rooted conversation with God that is grounded in his word. Paul said in Ephesians 6:17 says “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” What he was implying is that praying in the spirit is praising, thanking, and asking God for things that are in line with the scripture which is inspired by the spirit.
- Pray without ceasing
As absurd as it sounds, Paul tells us that prayer should mark all kinds of occasions. Praying without ceasing does not mean non-stop praying but rather praying both during times of distress and joy. This way, you can have a relationship with God always because that is what he desires of us.
- Combine prayer with fasting
When praying, we should always follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is important to note that Satan tried to distract Jesus during his fast because this was the time that his awareness of God was highest. The Bible teaches us that fasting can help us hear from God as we prioritize him above our physical needs. Just like Jesus, we can use fasting as a weapon to defeat spiritual warfare.
- Pray with other believers
The biggest mistake we make is keeping our prayer sessions private. However, it is pleasant and encouraging to pray with other followers of Jesus. Praying with others can also help you to win in spiritual warfare. James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” The verse implies that God did not intend us to go through spiritual battles alone.
Spiritual battles can be very confusing to most Christians but they exist and they affect us in many ways. The best solution is to go back to God’s word and seek a community where you can belong and share your troubles so that you can win the battle together.