My husband and I went into New York city for a long overdue date night. I hate being in the city in the dead of winter but it turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected and quite the splurge. Every couple should make time for a special occasion once in a while no matter what is going on in life. The night consisted of seeing The Screwtape Letters and then dinner at a great restaurant. I had never read or een the screwtape letters before. In fact it was while there, seated in our designated seats my husband and another viewer filled me in somewhat on what the play was about. I was not convinced I would have liked it but thankfully I will give anythiing a try once. Hey, I was jsut happy to report to those who asked weekly about my weekend plans, that I did something other than laundry or homework for classes. Phew! To be honest I felt like I lived a little that night and I was thankful. Thankful to my husband for planning tha night and thankful to God for giving us the opportunity and safe journey into the city and back. Speaking of being thankful, brings me to my topic..my prayer life.
I watched that play with eagerness and as the story unfold before me with so much humor, I relaized how serious the play actually spoke to my condition as a christian. The play focuses on Screwtape a devil and uncle of devil in training, Wormwood. These two characters communicate through letters about Wormwood’s attempts to tempt and draw away from God(the enemy) and into sin. It is a rather brilliant play if you ask me. The actors were exceptional and brought life to the reality of the battle that a christian faces very day in spiritual warfare. The many weapons of warfare that the devil uses to draw us away from the Father, to frustrate us and eventually create a divide between us and Christ. I had to do some self evaluation while watching. And what I saw was very lacking. I was actually making the devil’s job easy for him. I was not putting up a fight and even if I did, it was a lazy attempt that if I were God, I would simply turn my head and feel offended. I am so glad he is patient with me and that he loves me with an everlasting love, “ For I am sure that neither life not death, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Romas 8:37-39
With that promise, how can I ever doubt that God is for me? With a promise like that, I feel guilty everytime I fail to worship him and give thanks to him and reverence him in my prayer life. We comminicate with God in the spirit. We are meant to be spiritual beings. We were created to worship God and he can only grant to us our hearts desires when we communicate and seek him. “ Seek ye first his kingdom and all these things shall be given unto you” Matthew 6:33. We are meant to live our lives on the spiritual plain, not in the natural man(the flesh) nor in the carnal( in between the world and God) God is most pleased with his children when they are living in the spirit and how can we live in the spirit unless we practice communicating with our father in the spirit through our prayers?
My prayer life oveer the years consisted mainly of me asking God to deliver me out of whatever mess I had made of my life at the time or to grant me some much desired outcome with one of my many relationships or pleading for something I was not willing to put the work into to accomplish. Yeah, my prayer life sucked. I rarely praised God just because he was my God, I spent most of my adult life either pleading with him to save me or asking for forgiveness for my deliberate sins and sometimes I even ran from him or thought I was. It was not until early 2018 that I came across a website belonging to a pastor who teaches mostly about the spiritual warfare we are in and the many ways the enemy enters our lives and can alter our destiny based on our own spiritual relationship with God. I realized that my life was far from what it could be. God did not mean for his children to live on barely getting by mode. He is able to do anything in our lives if we allow him. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power that work within us” Ephesians 3:20. God only needs us to do our part so he could work. I have taken up spiritual warfare daily. I sing songs of praise to God before I pray in the mornings. I now take the time to worship him as the one true God, read his word and pray according to his word and his promises. I now use the scriptures in my prayers and I just spend time in his presence. I now find myself looking forward to my time in my closet space ( small storage room), I am finally getting my prayer life in order. “Draw nigh unto God and he will draw nigh unto thee” James 4:8. In order to ward off satans schemes and evil plots in my life, I had to change up my prayer life. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from thee”. James 4:7. My prayers are no longer lazy although there are days when I struggle to go into prayer before bed. My mornings are when I am most alert and ready to face a day with God at the forefront. I have also noticed my lack of interests in many things I did before. I no longer care so much for binge watching shows on netflix, I seek more spiritual food and guidance. Even my facebook time is spent on pages with spiritual content. The battle is on but I know that if God is for me who can be agaisnt me right?
My encouragment to every christian to to be vigilant always as the bible encourages us to be. We should long to spend time with God in prayer, We should seek to grow spiritually and it is through seeking and asking God and the Holy Spirit for guidance and these gifts that we can get closer to God. My prayer life has much further to go, but it gets easier and easier with time. I am always on guard and I know the devil hates my growth. He seeks to thwart my growth daily but guess what, I am more than a conqueror through him who has loved us. My prayers are more for seeking spiritual growth, thwarting the plots and plans of the powers of darkness, praying for my enemies, my nation, our leaders, society as a whole and the salvation of all those I know and love. I pray for every christian out there to get closer to God through prayer and supplication being always fervent and relentless agaisnt the enemy and for all Gos;s blessings to pour out> Pray over every single aspect of your life and always and forever seek to be holy like he is holy, for that is the essence of being a follower of Christ.
I hope this finds all in good health both physically and spiritually and that soem encouragement can be had here. Be blessed in the Lord.