PRAY OR BECOME A PREY!
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
Some years ago I discovered whenever I wanted to pray I would feel drowsy and sleepy; this also happened whenever I opened Bible to read. I took more time to sleep, but as soon as I start praying or reading Bible, my eyes would be heavy to sleep again; but if I’m talking on phone or doing something else, I would not feel sleepy. I would not be ignorant of Satan’s devices, I knew it was satanic attack against my only spiritual survivals – prayer and Bible reading. So since then I pray against such drowsy and sleepy spirit; but I also watch out: whenever I start praying and I feel drowsy, I engage myself in physical exercise, jumping, running around in the room while praying.
Beloved, prayer is so important that Jesus Christ spent good time to pray so as to succeed while on earth; prayer is so important that you are either prayerful or you are a prey to Satan, period. It is absolutely impossible to survive in Christian race without constant and fervent prayer life. Prayer is not a special activity for special occasion but a daily activity, day and night. The truth is that, you cannot overcome besetting sins and daily temptations without serious prayer life, in fact you cannot make your way to heaven without a fervent and consistent prayer. Why? Because Satan is out there making prey of prayerless Christians. Without fervent and consistent prayer life, you will consistently rise and fall in your Christian life.
God expects every one to pray, since He is ready to listen to all; but the first prayer every one needs is prayer of repentance for genuine salvation. If you have not prayed into genuine salvation for new life in Jesus that lives above sin, then you are still proud to be a prey in Satan’s hand and chained in his cage, not your body but your very dear soul. We sincerely repent and pray to Jesus to forgive and save us. After you are saved, you must pray without ceasing.
When Satan sees you are making progress in your walk with God, he will attack your prayer life, he will first bring distractions; distraction from outside, from people and things around, busy activities, phone calls while praying and others. If you yield once to such distraction, you are a prey to Satan. Distraction within, wondering thoughts, sleeping and so on, and if he succeeds, then you become his prey. You must do everything to keep yourself focused, do everything to keep yourself from falling asleep while praying or reading Bible, you must discipline your body, since Satan uses our body to distract us. Apostle Paul, after many years of Christian life and working for God, he still had to discipline his body, he said, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection” 1 Corinthians 9:27. Your body will not want to serve God, it will not want to pray, read Bible or live holy life, but you must deliberately discipline your body and bring it into the subjection of God; don’t allow your body to bring you into the subjection of Satan.
The only means from Satan’s devices, from being his prey, the only means to walk constantly with God without falling and without failing from making heaven is to be serious and watchful in prayer life. “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.” 1 Peter 4:7. Pray aright and pray always; pray mostly on your spiritual life, for grace and strength to overcome sin and self.
Devil cannot conquer you if you can conquer in prayer, you can’t be his prey if you can prevail in prayer, and he cannot trap you if you can travail in prayer day and night. Never again allow Satan to discourage or distract you from praying, never stop praying day and night.
Luke 18:1, “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart”
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