In a previous article entitled “Persevering in Prayer – Are You God’s Joseph?” I gave an illustration of a hiker preparing to go on a hike. Long distance hikes require us to prepare by bringing along water and some sort of sustenance to help us make it through to the end of our journey.
Enemies of our faith pose very credible threats along our prayer journey. We must be aware of these enemies if we are to make it successfully along our faith / prayer journey unscathed
In addition to food and water, we must also be aware of predators in the area that could be dangerous and cause us harm along our way.
Likewise, there are enemies of our faith that are out there waiting to attack and separate us from that which has the power to sustain us along our faith / prayer journey. Enemies of our faith pose very credible threats along our way. We must be aware of these enemies if we are to make it successfully along our faith / prayer journey unscathed
Enemies of Our Faith
- Enemy #1 – Impatience
For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the Will of God, ye might receive the promise – Hebrews 10:36. Impatience is a faith killer. Impatience lurks in the bushes armed with the weapon of stagnation trying to convince us that nothing is changing in our lives.
Be aware of this predator’s tactics and don’t give in to its tempting thoughts of why the answer to your prayer seems to be eluding you. Remain steady and steadfast in your faith, regardless of the time element involved knowing that God is completing a work in you in the process.
- Enemy #2 – Fatigue
In the natural world, no matter how beautiful our surroundings are. No matter how calm and serene our hiking adventure is, there comes a time when we yearn to return home. The saying “There’s no place like home” is very true. Home is the place where we can retreat to and relax. Home is where we can plop down on the couch and do nothing. Home is our safe zone.
The same is true spiritually speaking. Praying and exercising faith in the promises of God takes continual work. After traveling along your prayer path for a while, you may become fatigued. You may have underestimated what it takes to reach your prayer goal. You may be thinking that the task at hand is a bit too much for you to bare and all you want to do is quit and go home.
However, the kind of work we are called to do when dealing with faith and prayer becomes less fatiguing the longer we’re on the job. As we labor (work to fight against the things that are contrary to God’s Word), we enter into the rest of God. Meditating on God’s Word rejuvenates us and makes us stronger, not weaker. Be watchful not to fall prey to the deceptions of this enemy of the faith.
- Enemy #3 – Comparisons
This is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions we desired of Him – 1 John 5:14-15. This enemy of our faith will boast and show us how everyone around us seems to be getting their prayers answered except us.
This enemy may even team up with envy, and jealousy to try to turn us against God. Be wary of its tactics. It uses smoke and mirrors to make us think God either doesn’t care, or didn’t hear our prayer. Both are lies. Meditate on 1 John 5:14-15 to defeat this predator.
- Enemy #4 – Pulling the Plug on Our Power Source
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do all that is written therein, for then thou shall make thy way prosperous and then thou shall have good success – Joshua 1:8.
This biggest and most formidable enemy tries to cause us to separate ourselves from our power source. God’s Word is our anchor. The Word of God is our life source. Without it we’re toast. All the previous enemies are dangerous but this enemy has the power to bring us down on its own.
The moment you sense this enemy at your doorstep, RUN to God through prayer. RUN to an accountability partner. Turn up the dial on your worship. Do whatever it takes to bathe your spirit in God’s Word to thwart its evil attack.
Don’t allow these Enemies to nibble on your Faith
Prayer and faith is a process. Seeing results from prayer is possible, but we’re going to have to do our part. Protect your faith from your enemies. There are plenty of enemies out there lurking and waiting to devour that which is all powerful within you.
My prayer for you is that you persevere along your journey after taking the time to prepare yourself for the challenges that lie ahead. We have the Word of God which tells us that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
There’s greatness on the inside of you. The Spirit of God resides on the inside of you. Hold on to that which is great within you and never allow the enemies who lie in wait to have access to the Word of God which is alive within you.