Prayer is a weapon that has divine power to demolish strongholds.In fact, prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us so much that all the armors of our warfare hangs on, or activated by, prayer (Ephesians 6:18).
The Bible tells us that “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”- 2 Corinthians 10:4.
We all know there are wars and rumors of wars raging wild across the earth because the news and social media give it more than enough coverage, yet when a spiritual battle comes up we have a hard time believing this is real. But Jesus reminds us to be mindful of the war raging. He said, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41 AMP). From this statement, we can recognize that the war is mostly internal for the believer. Jesus made this statement the night he was about to be taken away to be crucified; he had just completed the Passover meal with his disciples, and he took a few disciples to the garden for support in prayer because he knew what was about to befall him. After a while of praying Jesus came back and saw the disciples sleeping, and he said, “Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.” (Matthew 26:40).
Jesus was emphasizing the importance of prayer in this on-going battle is to keep the faith. The faith to believe he is who he says he is and he will do what he says he will do, is the biggest struggle we all face. When money is running low, when our children are going off the righteous path after we have done everything to teach them God’s ways, when sickness and pain are wreaking havoc in our bodies and worries seem to be the bed we lie in every night, when our relationships are plagued with disloyalty and cheating, when the business or ministry have taken the best years of our lives, and it still seems to go under, when there is alcohol and abuse in our homes trust me it takes a real fight to still believe God and his word. But thank God for prayer because it is the one comfort we have knowing that through it all, through the raging winds and storms of life and through the struggle and hardships we can get with other saints and send up a prayer to God and know that he hears and he will answer.
Jesus shared with the Apostle Peter the plan the enemy had for his life, Jesus didn’t hold back in letting him know the enemy was after him but he also gave Peter the solution to the problem. “Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has demanded permission to sift [all of] you like grain; but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].” (Luke 22:31-32 AMP). The plan of the enemy has been the same through the ages to get us to doubt God, and his word and the strategy remains the same still today; watch and pray!
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;