Prayer in the Battlefield

Recently, I’ve been thinking about prayer.

Two Sundays ago, at the Lakes, Roshad spoke about how important and powerful prayer really is. Personally, I’ve heard it a lot “prayer is the most powerful thing you can do”. And so, I do pray, and I do understand using prayer to talk to God, to have a conversation with the Almighty Creator (Really, whoa… but that’s a whole other ramble), but a weapon? It’s not that I didn’t believe, it’s that I didn’t understand. I couldn’t grasp the idea of a thought, a prayer, containing any power in it.

But that just shows how much more of the Bible I need to read… 😉

Roshad referenced a few verses that night, and these two were the big hitters for me:

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 6:10)

We, as Christians, don’t understand that when things happen to us, it really isn’t the obvious physical enemy you have trying to thwart your life—they usually don’t care that much. Really, it is Satan, trying to pull you towards him and throw off your relationship with God. Everything we do and come in contact with is not attributed to this world we see, but to another world, another realm I suppose, of spiritual things, where there is a battle raging daily. And not just any battle, begun with egos and “morals”, but a battle fought over you and your salvation by a God that wants to save you and rescue you so passionately, and an enemy that wants just as much to see you fall so hard and be eternally separated from your Creator.

But I digress…

Roshad also talked about Daniel 10, where Daniel had just seen a vision of a war and began to mourn and fast for three weeks (a fast where nothing is choice or extravagant, but just bare basics). Then, on the twenty-fourth day of the month, he was visited by an angel who said something quite interesting:

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.” (Daniel 10:12-13)

And Roshad began to explain as I had never heard explained before about how our prayers take on a spiritual form and then go out to fight in this spiritual battle, and, as they were in Daniel 10, can be detained by the dark forces who oppose them.

All of this gave me a very interesting image in my head:

Envision a world at war. (After a small amount of research, because I am no history buff to be sure, I think World War II helps to paint this image best) You are a woman in America (sorry guys) whose fiancé just left to do his part in the war. Well you’re not just going to sit around, so you try to help out from your end, but, after a while, you miss him terribly and decide to try and write him. Pen hits paper and then it is signed, sealed and off across the pond. But now, watch that letter on it’s journey to him. I imagine a battlefield, treacherous and fearsome, weapons firing and explosions desecrating, as this little letter finds its way from hand to hand to make it to him. Obviously, no one’s just going to walk over and hand it to him and say “Oh yeah, here’s a letter from your fiancé she sent a few days ago”, but there will be obstacles, conflicts, and other happenings to detain your letter as it travels. But here you are, just sitting in America, wondering where your letter could be.

That’s how I envision prayer. We can’t physically see the spiritual battle going on, but it’s there. Our prayers survive spiritual attacks and warfare to make it through as they travel to their answer. That’s why prayer is important. Because imagine if that letter wasn’t just a love letter, but it contained a brand new weapon, the most powerful of all, in it. That envelope contains a victory for your side. In the spiritual world, that envelope would contain the weapon of prayer, the strongest weapon we have.

So suit up and ready yourselves. There is a war and we are fighting in it every single day. Where’s your weapon?