the power and necessity of prayer {my crazy dream}

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.

 

Be gone.
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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. ”
Matthew 26:39

 

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?
 

  • jenbutterfield

    Powerful post! Will not be putting off prayer time any time soon. Thank you for this post!

    • http://www.larawilliams.org Lara Gibson Williams

      Blessings, sister.

  • Carolyn

    Lara, this may not put you at the top of the blog charts today , but wow! God used it to speak directly to me! Yes, something happens in the Heavenlies when we pray….more than we can imagine….I don’t think this was a “crazy” dream, it was something deep and Holy

    • http://www.larawilliams.org Lara Gibson Williams

      You are absolutely right. It wasn’t crazy. Wild, maybe. But not crazy. God graciously speaks, doesn’t He? Honored that He would use it to encourage you. Peace to you, sister.

  • Jolene

    Thank you Lara. I am headed to my prayer group and accountability group here in a few minutes. Rather than working prayer in our life, we should work our life around prayer right? Thanks friend. God is on the move friend…on the move.

    • http://www.larawilliams.org Lara Gibson Williams

      Wow. Yes. “Work our life around prayer.” He is on the move. xoxo

  • Ginsamica

    Thank you Lara for this post. YES, something indeed does happen when we as God’s people pray. This post may not top the charts, but it should! Thanks again

  • Jenny

    My four year old had a nightmare about a snake last night. When I questioned him about it, he told me that the snake was right behind him, with its hands on his shoulders, pushing him. When I told him that snakes didn’t have hands, he ran and got out his bible and showed me the picture of the snake in the Garden of Eden. He tells me, “It was a snake like this one.”

    I’m definitely saying extra prayers for him tonight! :(

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