“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12 KJV).
When it comes to spiritual warfare, most often I thought in terms of not being overtaken by the enemy. But after watching a school wrestling match recently, I realized that is only half the picture. Winning in wrestling means more than simply not being overtaken. The resisting is fierce, but to win, you must turn the tables and pin your opponent. You must become the aggressor, not just the resistor. One pair of wrestlers, in a seemingly one-sided match, grappled through each round with one contestant racking up points at every turn. It seemed obvious who the victor would be as the same boy clearly dominated the entire match. Suddenly, in the last seconds of the bout, the underdog gained leverage and in an instant the previously-dominating contestant was flipped over on his back and pinned. Amid the cheers you could hear the winner’s father yelling, “And that is why you never give up! That is why you never give up!”
Can you hear it? Can you hear Father yelling, cheering us on not only to keep from being overcome, but to be overcomers ourselves—often in the last seconds of battle? Don’t give up. Keep resisting and look for that opportunity to turn the tables on the enemy.
Father, teach me to be an overcomer—an aggressor, not just a resistor as I wrestle in prayer against the enemy.
–By Sandra Higley, author of A Year of Prayer Events for Your Church
Praise God, the one whose name is great among the nations (Mal. 1:11). Give thanks that the good news is being preached in so many countries today and that it has been proclaimed to you, too. Confess anything in your life which hinders your own witness to the saving grace of Christ. Commit yourself to regular prayer support of missionaries whom you know. Ask God to open doors for their ministries.
Your family can be a missionary family right in your neighborhood! Ask for opportunities for your family to be a witness among your neighbors and friends. (And then be ready when God answers!)
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend