Spiritual Warfare

The most mature and powerful prayer is spiritual warfare. Whether we realize it or not, the enemy of God is attacking the cause of Christ (the message of salvation through faith in Jesus alone). If you follow Jesus, you are part of Christ's cause. You represent Jesus to the world, and God's enemy doesn't like that. Every positive impression of Christianity, every decision to follow God's law, every word of truth spoken can rescue a soul from the jaws of hell and place them on a path toward relationship with God. This makes us who love God the enemy of the devil. It means we have a target on our backs, and we must fight or surrender. We must wage war against the devil's plans.

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. . . And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests."--Eph. 6:13, 18


Praying for Angels to Surround my Kids


Lord of Heaven,

You have angels at your disposal,
worshipping You,
defending Your holiness,
protecting us, Your children.
You are great and mighty in power
and full of love and mercy.

I ask You to send more angels
to surround my kids today.
Minister to them--
encourage them,
guard them,
defend them against the onslaught of the evil one.
Wage war over them
because You created them to be filled with power and authority in Jesus' name.
You intend for them to silence evil,
withstand persecution,
and glorify You.

May my kids honor and please You today with their thoughts, actions, and motivations.
May they be pure in heart and mind.
May they function as You intended,
surrounded by heavenly hosts
with swords drawn
and voices like thunder.
In the power of the Holy Spirit, my kids will slay spiritual giants and conquer enemy territory.
I believe it in the name of Jesus, the King of all Kings.

Thank You for Your angels.
I call on them in Jesus' holy name--
surround my kids today.

Amen.

"Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14)

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Spiritual Warfare over my Rebellious Child

Sometimes, we notice our children slipping away from active faith.
Or we notice stagnant lives, and we stress about them taking a spiritual nose-dive.
Or perhaps they are actively pursuing God, yet we worry about outside influences.
And then there are those frightening times when they just don't care about God at all;
perhaps they are making dangerous and sinful choices.
And we can't stop it.

BUT WE CAN PRAY!

Here's a prayer of spiritual warfare to pray over your wayward child:

Dear Father in Heaven,

You understand a parent's heart. You know that even though I trust You, it's so hard to leave my child completely in Your hands. I'm worried, even angry about the evil influences that push against ________. Please place Your hands around _________ and guide him/her into Your presence. Give him/her a thirst for You and a dissatisfaction for the pleasures of this world. Place people in _________'s path to influence and encourage him/her toward the heart of God. I ask for the Holy Spirit to convict, persuade, and strengthen __________. In Jesus' name, I pray the Holy Spirit's power over the enemy and his forces of evil that daily assault my child. I pray against the enemy's deceitful promises; I pray against the pleasure of evil--may sin taste bitter to my child. Lord, let his/her harmful friends and dangerous actions frighten __________; lead __________ to run toward You for protection, power, and purpose. Help __________ to find his/her identity in You alone, and not in the lies of the enemy of Christ. I claim victory in my child's life because of Christ's sacrifice on the Cross and His powerful resurrection! In Jesus' holy and mighty name, I pray for __________ to return to blessings of a life lived wholly for God. May ________ walk worthy of Your calling, may __________ please You. May __________ conform no longer to the world but be transformed in his/her mind. Lead him/her into your good and perfect will. I give him/her into Your hands to transform him/her through Your power. 

In Jesus' precious name,
Amen!

(Read Romans 12, Colossians 1, and Ephesians 6 for more)


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Prayer for my sponsored child


Dear Lord,

You provide and equip us for the journeys we take.
Please provide a covering from evil and protection from violence for my sponsored child.
Keep the enemy away from his family and his future.
Give him hope, courage, and resilience to live in his present situation.
Help him to know You and love You. I pray for his salvation and surrender to Your will.
I pray for spiritual influences in his life that give him a picture of You and Your love.
Give him a hope and a future of Your designing.
May he always walk in Your ways.
I thank you for the privilege of speaking into his life and loving him.
Your grace is unfathomable.
Thank you for loving me enough to involve me in Your important work.
Make me faithful to Your calling.

I love you! And I love this child. May he grow up in the confidence of both.

Amen.

A Prayer of Protection for the World's Believers



Lord Jesus, Protector and Provider--

I pray your powerful hand of protection of the believers of the world. I pray for their souls to be full
with the knowledge of You. I pray for boldness and protection as they share the gospel in hostile territories. I pray that their lives will radiate the love of Jesus as they go about their daily business. Give them fierce angels to wage warfare on their behalf, to cover them with protection, and to guide them to the battles You want them to fight. Give them victory against their spiritual enemies! Fill them with peace as they fulfill their calling. Protect their spouses and children with Your loving hands; let them live victorious and impactful lives on this earth and for eternity. Bless them, oh Lord! Give these warriors heaven's eyes--help them see with Your perspective and act for Your glory!

In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen.

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A Poem for the Battle

Dear Yaweh Nissi, the Lord my Banner,


Wave above me in the fray,
This, your fight, is why You came;
Holiness defends Your name.
I await the victory day
When all people will proclaim,

The Lord reigns, He cannot flee.
The Lord sustains, He won't forsake.
The Lord forgives and peace He makes.
The Lord gives hope, He won't despair.
The Lord will triumph for my sake.

Lord, go with me in the fray,
You, Almighty, Elohim,
Doom advances, hope grows dim;
Faith alone will help me say,
Victory comes through rest in Him.

Holy Spirit, Father, Christ,
who made the world,
who paid the price,
who give me strength,
and calm my heart,
who know my fears
in hidden parts--
Lift my arms.
Stretch my view!
May I find all strength in You!
Give me friends who hold me up
I believe You fill my cup
with blessings, impact, suffering--
I will fight for Jesus' sake.

It's your battle, it's your war,
It's your victory, and so much more.
Throughout history and each new day,
Attend my fears, I do implore.
But either way, I will go forth
My life is yours, I will obey.

Amen.

Ex. 17:10-16 "So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Moses built an altar and called it The Lord in my Banner. He said, 'For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.'"

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At War

t's easy to forget that I am in a daily battle. I'm at war. And I'm not talking about fighting with my kids over their homework or the dry cleaners over pants that have vanished. I'm talking about real spiritual warfare--the kind that's kicking me in the butt.
I know a spiritual war is going on because I am praying against stuff that sometimes happens anyway. If I didn't know better, I'd say that my prayers weren't working. But I've been at the Christian life for awhile, so I know that's not true. 
I'm just at war. And in a war, nobody wins all the time. War always creates setbacks and casualties on both sides. Everyone emerges with scars. Spiritual warfare is the reason that life is hard.
So this spiritual war between good and evil becomes the reason that I pray, whether I realize it or not. My desire to push in against the enemy, to take back ground I've lost through wrong choices, to conquer new territory in my heart and mind--these are the reasons I pray. I know that I can't win any battle alone. I must pray.
But I must also prepare myself for injury. (That’s the point of armor, right?) I must count on sustaining some injury to myself, and I must certainly expect the quest for goodness to be agonizing. Prayer provides an avenue to fight, but it also provides a conduit for strengthening my resolve. As I lean into the source of power in my life, my faith in that power grows. I fight harder. I take enemy ground. I plant my flag on the hilltop.

And then I start over again. I'm old enough now to recognize that no war is ever really over.
Eph. 6:10-118  “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (The Message)

Another blog on spiritual warfare can be read on my other website, www.susanwalleyschlesman.com. 
http://susanwalleyschlesman.com/at-war/