There are at least two big reasons we shouldn’t ignore the subject of spiritual conflict (also called spiritual warfare):
- If we want to see spiritual changes and even some physical ones, we need to be aware of what is going on spiritually. The advancing of God’s Kingdom is foremost a spiritual assault on the domain of darkness to bring liberty to captives (see Colossians 1:13, Luke 4:18).
- Many people who lack a personal relationship with Christ already recognize spiritual conflict. Their beliefs and actions often reflect what they believe will help them avoid becoming victims of evil. We must be ready to share and demonstrate Christ’s decisive victory and eternal authority over evil spirits.
In short, spiritual conflict is our current reality.
If you feel uneasy or intimidated or overwhelmed by the topic of spiritual conflict, please take a look at 2 Kings 6:8-23. This Scripture story provides much insight into the spiritual realm. Remember that the God who did amazing things in the days of Elisha is the same God today. You can trust Him to be your leader, your teacher and your helper.
Here are some prayer prompts drawn from the story (which can be adapted to specific contexts):
- Pray for sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s warnings so as to ruin the plans of evil spirits (v. 12)
- Pray against fear and pray for reminders of God’s presence (v. 16)
- Ask God to open our eyes to see spiritual reality (v. 17)
- Pray for the Lord of hosts to surround His people (v. 17)
- Pray for those who are living as enemies of God to be temporarily blinded so that they may clearly see the Creator (v. 18, see also Acts 9)
- Pray for strength to love our enemies, as God loved us while we were still His enemies (v. 22-23)
- Pray for the Prince of Peace to reign in all hearts and bring reconciliation (v. 23)