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Daily Living – Episode 16 – Greg Murphy

Daily Living – Episode 16 – Greg Murphy

Praying in Battle

Pastor Greg Murphy

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

You were born in a battle. You don’t always identify it. You didn’t cause it, but you probably feel or encounter it each day. As you grow in prayer, awareness of this struggle or wrestling match is essential.

It plays out in the physical realm with people, circumstances, resources, and physical challenges, but ultimately the battle is with the demonic forces that work against us subtly, openly, from strata, and especially in our hearts and minds. Ask for discernment to know the true battle each day. Like Jesus, sometimes we respond to our earthly enemies with love; sometimes the battle requires shrewdness. We fight spiritually from a position of victory (1 John 2:1-2), and we should see victory in the battle (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Continually pray in the Spirit (6:18). Maintain a daily conversation with the Holy Spirit in prayer. Pray while studying the Bible. Get alone with Jesus in prayer, and pray with other believers. Pray preventively before a spiritual skirmish, and pray at every stage of battle when under attack. Pray for believers everywhere, and for gospel preaching.

Daily Living coincides today with Day 15 of the 21 Days of Deeper Prayer. Dig deeper with Jim Maxim’s devotional and be refreshed by the Spirit with the audio prayer.