“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”
Samuel Chadwick, once said “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”
The enemy of our soul desires nothing more than to convince us through whatever means necessary that our prayer is pointless. Convincing us that that which is pointless is powerless it is a tremendous and often effective scheme. More than anything He wants us to believe that our Father does not hear us, that He does not care and that there is nothing we can do to change that.
His modus operandi is clearly unveiled in John 10:10 where we are told “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” Among other things, his goal is to steal your peace, kill your joy and destroy your intimacy with your Heavenly Father. He wants you to believe that you are abandoned, forsaken and left to your own devices when it comes to navigating your way through this journey of life. Above all, he would like you to believe that you are alone. And yet, we know that this could never be, for the Word of God is very clear “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:8)
Because we know that He is our “I Am” we trust Him, and because we trust Him, we seek His face knowing that because He is a good Father His heart is for us. “And those who know your name will put their trust in you; For you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)
At times however, it seems like we are not being heard. Our circumstances seem to remain the same no matter how much we pour our hearts out to the Father. A timeline ensues and we are more than aware that if something doesn’t change, and change fast, the entire course of our lives is going to run off track. Fear begins to strangle out our faith and the enemy takes full advantage of our trials, struggles and weaknesses to shoot the fiery darts of doubt and insecurity deep within our hearts. The lies that He screams into our ears begin to become louder than the small still voice within reminding us to “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
When the enemy, in the sly way that he does, attempts to convince us of anything other than truth regarding prayer, we can effectively combat those lies of deception by wielding the sword of the spirit. The truth contained within God’s word assures us that, without a doubt, he does hear us when we pray. When the enemy whispers lies that contradict this truth, we must choose to fight back by “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5).
Any thought that does not align itself with the truth of God needs to be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Each thought that comes has the ability to influence our beliefs, attitude and behaviors. As we fill ourselves with the truth of God’s word we will more easily be able to identify those thoughts that come which exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, which is His truth. As we identify those thoughts we then bring them into the obedience of Christ by countering with that truth within us.
Father, thank you for always hearing me when I pray.