I had the strangest dream the other night. Not strange as in my teeth kept falling out — though I do have that recurring dream. But strange in that it was so spiritual heavy.
In the dream, satan was on my back — at first in the form of a neighbor kid but then transforming into an invisible, strong, mean force. He kept biting me and causing me to writhe in pain. And after a number of dream-scenes, it ended with me crying out with intense prayer.
When I woke up I felt like I had literally battled against a force of darkness. I know. Strange. So I went to the Lord for an explanation.
After spending time with Him, I came to believe that He was reiterating the power and necessity of prayer. He was reminding me of the real spiritual battles waging all around, and how prayer is one of my key weapons in the fight. (2 Corinthians 10:4)
On the eve of Jesus swallowing God’s cup of wrath for all mankind,
He fell on His face and prayed:
“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will. ”
I know that spiritual war-talk won’t get me on the top blog charts today. It’s wild to think about. But we wrestle against enemies of God. (Ephesians 6:12-13) And we need to call on His power. Because standing boldly on God’s character and promises sends the enemy and his army running. (Matthew 4:10-11)
If we don’t engage the battle we might as well hold up the white flag. Because satan isn’t nice. He could care less about you or me. He’s simply looking to devour anyone who reflects the God of glory. (1 Peter 5:8)
So today, let’s choose to pray. It might not be convenient. We might not feel like bowing low. But victory depends upon it. Revival depends upon it. Life depends upon it.
Let’s speak out-loud to our gracious God. Confess places of sin. Pour out all fear and worry on Him. Then declare true things about our God.
I can’t fully explain it. But I’ve experienced its power. Something happens in the heavenlies when we as God’s people pray.
Fill me, Lord…
How have you seen the power of prayer in your own life?