Wage The Good Warfare
‘This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.’
— 1 Timothy 1:18
Praying is not a gift of the Spirit, praying is a discipline of the flesh. – BeulahToks JohnsonPrayer is a battle.
Sometimes it may not feel like it; other times it is all battle and little joy.
The soul delights in prayer. It is how it breathes. The spirit is invigorated through prayer. It is how it gets recharged.
The flesh… well, it’s not too keen on prayer at the best of times. Prayer interrupts its lusts and agenda, putting the things of God ahead of the things of self.
The flesh behaves like a small child wanting candy in the checkout line at the grocery store, throwing a tantrum when it’s told no. The child doesn’t like to hear no, and neither does the flesh.
So the first battle of prayer is within us. It becomes a discipline. The dividends of persevering and building to a disciplined prayer life will outweigh almost every other endeavor.
Paul in the above verse beckons Timothy to war in prayer to have his life line up with the prophetic words of God spoken over his life.
Even though these words are the words of God, Paul is reminding Timothy that the Word of God and His will inherent within it do not happen automatically but must be pushed into the place of dominion by our engagement of prayer.
Because the kingdom of darkness really exists, spiritual warfare will be encountered. But fear not, for
greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. — 1 John 4:4
Prayer is the weaponry we have been given to push back the powers of darkness and thwart their wicked agenda.
Jesus “often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” (Luke 5:16). It is the only thing the Bible mentions Jesus doing “often.”
He didn’t have a whole lot of free time to kill. He prayed in solitary places often because it was the most productive activity for Him to engage in, fueling and clarifying all that He did.
If Jesus needed to Pray often, we need to pray without ceasing.
Don’t just pray, wage the good warfare and then the peace of God will be manifest in your life.
In Jesus Name I declare Tyranny will be far from me;
I will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
it will not come near me.
no weapon forged against me will prevail,
and I refute every tongue that accuses you.
I will wage the good warfare by prayer in Jesus Name. Amen