Strategies, Prayer, and Verses for Facing Spiritual Battles

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Next week, Gary and I embark on a long anticipated adventure. Over the last year, we’ve dreamed and excitedly planned over countless hours, as God has birthed within us a heart and vision for a ministry together involving both evangelism, discipleship, and the hopes of publishing a Bible study. This adventure means all the more because we’ve come so far to get here – facing the death of our former spouses, grieving their loss, asking many unanswered questions, grappling with our children’s pain, and finally finding peace.

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but once making the decision to step out in faith, we’ve found ourselves fighting extreme spiritual battles:

  1. Illness and hospitalization
  2. Difficulty writing due to time constraints, discouragement, and lack of ability to put thoughts together easily
  3. Intense fear over Gary leaving a steady employment. “What if we’re wrong and we use funds now we may need for years down the road?”
  4. Spiritual and emotional attacks on our children, causing extreme heartache
  5. The death of my computer a couple of weeks ago necessitating a new hard-drive
  6. Great discouragement and doubt

I’ve recently felt like Peter must have felt as he sank into the swirling, foaming waves barely eking out, “Lord, I’m drowning!” However, through this time, I’m learning that when we keep running to God in the midst of our battle – clinging to His embrace, waiting for His command – he promises us victory even though we may find ourselves bloodied, weary, and worn when the battle is complete. Have you been there? Are you there right now?

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  1. Frequently seek out godly friends and family to speak truth into your heart – truth about you, God, and His plan for you. Listen to their life-giving words – soak them all in.
  2. Make certain you take extra time, beyond what you’d normally spend, to be with your heavenly Father – listening to His voice, praying, and reading His Word.
  3. Even if you are only able to sit before Him quietly, do so by taking at least 5 minutes to focus on the words to a song, a promise, or a Psalm.
  4. If your only emotions are anger and frustration, cry out to Him anyway. David often cried out to the Lord with his emotions. Run, run, run to Him even in your anger. He understands. After your emotions are wrung out, take a few moments of silence to listen and settle before Him.
  5. Whatever you do, keep running to Him, no matter how hard. Ask Him to reveal the truth, and to comfort and transform you through the attack.
  6. Fill your home with praise and worship music throughout the day, even if it is only softly playing in the background. In the right moments, the Holy Spirit will make certain needed lyrics will come to the forefront, to encourage and strengthen you. Colossians 3:1-3
  7. Take at least 5 minutes daily to be silent before the Lord, and in those moments concentrate on every promise you can think of in His Word.
  8. Choose to quote His promises out loud and proclaim to heaven, hell, and all who would hear that you will choose to trust God. Even if you don’t feel them in that moment. Even if you aren’t certain you believe them. Fill your mouth with them. Fill your ears with them. Fill your eyes with them. Pray them. Romans 10:17
  9. Don’t allow yourself to become alienated from fellow believers. Continue to attend your local Christian fellowship. Open up to trusted, mature believers who know Jesus and can encourage you. Seek out prayer warriors who will stand with you. Hebrews 10:24-25
  10. Remember God isn’t your enemy. People aren’t your enemy – we have a known enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. He’s the same one who lied about God’s character to Eve in the garden. John 10:10
  11. Watch your thoughts – pray for strength to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ because you are in a spiritual battle. 2 Corinthians 10:5
  12. Lastly, know for certain – it’s God who holds onto you, even if your strength to hold onto Him fails. He won’t let go. Psalm 139:8-10 Psalm 118:16-25

As I’ve walked through the last few weeks, I’ve been able to find much comfort and strength through using many of these strategies. Others, I found very helpful through the years I dealt with my first husband’s cancer and death.

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May I pray for you?

Lord God, the battles have been so fierce, and it’s hard to see you right now. Be with my friend. Let them know you are there, right beside them. You haven’t left them alone, and you hold them in the palm of your hand. Even if they find themselves in a place of death and destruction – you will never let go. Psalm 139:8-10 NKJV; Hebrews 13:5 NLT

Arrest their thoughts with your song. May your melody remind them of your love and relentless pursuit of them. May its strains comfort and bring peace to their hearts. May its words remind them they are beloved and not despised. Zeph 3:17

May they know you see them. As they attempt to obey and follow you, may they trust your promise to notice and strengthen them. Give them hope in your promises to reward them and fulfill them. 2 Chronicles 16:9; Galatians 6:9

Today, would you lead them to a place of calm – a respite beside your quiet waters, your peaceful pastures. Even as they face their enemies would you comfort them with your rod and staff so they know they don’t fight alone. Would you anoint their heads with soothing oil – your balm of peace. Psalm 23

May your peace guard their hearts and minds in Christ. May you grant them the strength to take every thought captive to your obedience. May they lay siege to every thought that rebels against your truth, even if they don’t feel the truth at this time. May they choose to fill their eyes, ears, hearts, and minds with your Word – for it is truth. And the truth is what sets us free. Phil. 4:7; 2 Corinthians 10:5

Thank you for hearing and answering, In Jesus’ name, amen.

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With much love,

Robin <3

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5 thoughts on “Strategies, Prayer, and Verses for Facing Spiritual Battles

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I’m grateful it helped. It’s a great comfort to know as believers and followers of Jesus we never fight alone. Lord, be with my sister, strengthen and keep her in her battle. Guard, protect, and give her your amazing, perfect peace. Thank you, in Jesus’s name, amen.

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