Four days ago, I published a post talking about the Universal Sabbath. The post was well received, but one of the comments stuck with me. A woman gracefully reminded me of the fact that this is a crisis, not a vacation. While many of us are stuck in our houses, there are others out there fighting this battle, and while the outward battle is serious, the spiritual battle rages also, mimicking the battles on earth.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”Ephesians 6:10-12
Not only do we struggle against things of this earth, but we are also part of a battle above. Of course, if you are a major part of the battle with the deadly virus attacking the USA, then you are already playing a big part to the battle on earth. But if you, like me, are stuck in quarantine, you are probably struggling with this hopeless feeling of passivity.
Passivity is a battle for all, particularly men. As men of Christ, we are called to be actively battling the forces of Satan, rejecting all passivity in favor of action. As men, we are called to learn from our forefather Adam’s example, shepherding those around us in Godliness instead of leaving them for the serpent.
This applies to women too. Passivity is something that all struggle with, of course. And although men are called to a higher level of action, being the leaders in the home and church, women must also learn where they struggle with passivity in their lives.
With times like these, it may seem impossible to avoid being overly passive. We are, after all, under quarantine. And yet, even with the passivity that surrounds us, there is one thing we are called to do- pray.
I first saw that picture in a painting owned by my great-grandmother. The caption read “This is real spiritual warfare”, added by one of my family members years ago. The painting stunned me. For years, I had pictured the man’s role in spiritual warfare as something glamorous, men in armor fighting off demons in real life, sword in hand. Reality proved different. The truth about spiritual warfare is that we have only one way to actually impact it: through prayer. Fighting the battle takes place on your knees, not on your feet. Totally surrendering to Christ requires dropping to your knees, and it is there that you engage the devil.
The truth about spiritual warfare is that we have only one way to actually impact it: through prayer. Fighting the battle takes place on your knees, not on your feet. Totally surrendering to Christ requires dropping to your knees, and it is there that you engage the devil.Tweet
If you are feeling tempted by passivity, fill your time with prayer. Prayer can take place throughout the day, not just on your knees. I often pray between assignments, when outside, or in my bed. There are countless times that we can fill with prayer, as you will discover.
Engaging in the spiritual battle is a rewarding task, one called upon us as believers, whether men or women. In this, gender does not matter. Prayer Warriors can be found anywhere, from the youngest child to the oldest adult (although the latter is far, far more common). Becoming a prayer warrior is a challenge that must be undertaken daily, else we run risk of getting out of the habit of common prayer. I have the privilege of having two parents that are magnificent prayer warriors, providing an excellent example of how to pray. I am also gifted with several friends with the same skill, including one in particular that prays almost unceasingly. These people are gifts, and if you know anyone like this, make sure you aren’t taking them for granted. Their calling is a noble one.
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