This morning I woke up wanting to pray a battle prayer. I wished I had a prayer book for spiritual battle. My mind was too tired to compose a prayer. I glanced on the shelf next to my bed and spotted my small book of "31 Days of Praise". That was not what I wanted...but it would have to do.
It had been a long time since I had opened this book of praise. A bookmark sat within the pages. As I began to read the bookmarked page...I marveled——it was a BATTLE prayer! (Thank you Lord!)
Father, I praise You that Jesus is Victor over Satan and all his evil powers—that He triumphed over them through the cross and resurrection...You have given Him a position infinitely superior to all other powers and authorities...
How I praise You that I need not strive toward a possible victory, but can live from a position of victory already won—that He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world...that although Satan is powerful, he cannot prevail against the blood of the Lamb and the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you that Satan must retreat before that Name and before your Word, the living and powerful sword of the Spirit, and that (in the end he will be cast down into everlasting defeat and shame.
What a joy to know that You are the same today as You were centuries ago in Isaiah's day, when You promised to rescue Your people in a hopeless looking situation, when the enemy seemed to have prevailed. How I love the words You spoke to them: "Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame...Even the captives of the mighty man will be taken away, and the prey of the tyrant will be rescued; For I will contend with the one who contends with you, and I will save your sons." I praise You that I can count on You to do this in our spiritual warfare, and that through You we shall do valiantly, for You will trample down our enemies.
(Based on Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 1:19-21; Philippians 2:9-10; Ephesians 2:6 I John 4:4; Isaiah 49:23-25 and more)
While the family was still sleeping, I prayed that prayer outloud. Twice.
I hoped the prayer would bring a peaceful day. But if it didn't that was okay. If today was not peaceful...and even if the tempest was severe, I would trust and hang on. Because in the end...in the very end, evil cannot prevail against the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.