Advancing the kingdom of God often results in facing intense spiritual conflict. How do we stand against spiritual attacks? How do we launch assaults against the gates of hell?
- Recognize the enemy, but focus on God. Satan is the father of lies. He wants to receive worship. He hates people so he wants to either keep people in darkness or distract and hinder those who have been set free. In stark contrast, Jesus is Truth. God is worthy of worship. He demonstrated his love and grace toward all people for all time on the cross, but he also continues to show his love today.
- Invite the Holy Spirit to lead when you start to pray. Ask the Spirit to open your eyes and give you insight. The Spirit is the gift of God in our lives.
- Worship God. The description in Psalm 22:3 is of our praises making a throne for God. By our worship, we acknowledge and declare our trust in the King of kings.
- Pray from Scripture. Many of the psalms are prayer-songs. You can also pray written out prayers (such as Ephesians 3:14-21) and promises God made.
- “Activate” the promises of God. For instance, Jesus said, “[I]f two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:19-20). So by praying with a partner or in a triplet, then you can be assured of Jesus’s presence and the Father’s answer. Take special note of the promises regarding unity in Psalm 133, John 17:20-23 and 1 Corinthians 11:26.
- Listen for God’s guidance. The victory in spiritual conflict does not come from following certain steps or saying certain words but from allowing the Lord to reign over more and more of ourselves. When we take time to listen to God and then do what he says, we show our dependence on him.