Theme: Strategy #2, Keeping the believer out of the prayer closet.
4:6, (NASB), "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made
known unto God."
Ephesians 6:18, (NASB), "With all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the spirit and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all saints."
Two important things that God has given to his church are:
In part one of Satan's Battle Strategy we talked about why he wants to keep the believer out of the Word of God. In part two, we're going to talk about why he wants to keep the believer out of the prayer closet.
The Word and prayer are linked together. Satan does not want you and I to be students of the Word or to practice prayer on a regular basis. Let me give you three reasons why this is so:
Satan's simple strategy concerning our prayer life is this; if he can keep us out of the Word of God then it's also highly likely that he can keep us out of the prayer closet too. He reasons that the believer who doesn't use the Word of God as their basis for praying, probably won't get their prayers answered. The reason why we won't get our prayers answered is, because if we're not in the Word to know the will of God concerning what we are praying for, we will pray with uncertainty. The letter of James tells us that "if we pray in doubt" we are not to expect to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:6-7,