THE BELIEVER AND PRAYER LIFE.
As believers, our main powerful tool is prayer. Prayer is a way that we communicate to God. It is a way that we connect with our creator spiritually. I will also say, " a way of building our spiritual strength and strengthening our spiritual muscles. When we pray consistently, we prepare ourselves for any circumstance that we may find ourselves in whether good or bad. Our fervent prayers prepare us for the "battles" that we have to face as believers.
Some may think of the word "battles" and wonder. Yes, being a Christian doesn't spare us from going through hardships. It is through these times that we grow. Have you ever heard of the saying "Facing your fears"? Sometimes God allows us to go through things we do not like, not because he hates us. However, he wants us to build our strength in those areas, otherwise these fears will keep holding us back for the rest of our lives.
It is an undeniable fact that the devil hates to see Christians having a strong connection with God. It makes him uncomfortable. He is consistently working hard looking for obscured ways to obstruct this connection. The devil does not use open ways to distract us from our PRAYER lives like he used to. If we refer back to the old testament , in the book of Daniel, when King Nebuchadnezzar made a law for the people to worship his golden statue. (A very open way of the devil forcing people into idol worshiping.)
Another similar instance can also be seen in Daniel 6, when Daniel's jealous rivals tricked King Darius into passing a decree that for thirty days no prayers should be addressed to any God or man apart from the King himself; whoever broke this was to be put into the lion's den.
In all the above instances, the devil physically used people to make rules to stop people from praying to the Almighty God. It is not like that anymore. The devil uses the desires of our own human flesh to gradually drift us from our prayer life. Mostly excuses like, too late for work in the morning, too tired after a day’s work or even sometimes being engulfed in the pressures of everyday life that we even forget that our God is the only saviour. We all fall prey to these excuses at some points in our lives.
However, "Should I call these the danger times?" It is during these times that devil usually strikes. Because he knows this is the time that he can attack us and bring us down to our lowest level. He does not even stop there but try his possible best to keep us down there. (May our God forbid that from happening to any of us !) As the bible says in John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly."
As bitter as the truth may sound, the devil is constantly working hard targeting the children of God. Growing up there was a saying that the devil does not work as hard on the souls that he has in his captive already. His ultimate aim is to win more souls to add to the ones he has in his net, therefore targeting believers. The only way we can stand firm is by constantly praying to God so as to help us have strong connection with the Holy Spirit at all times.
Additionally, by constantly studying the word of God; which encourages us and enlightens us of the tricks of the devil, and also teaches us ways to stand firm in hard times.
Finally, having a strong faith in God and believing in his might and power. As the bible teaches us in Ephesians 6:10-19 "Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the wiles of the devil. ................"