We’re at war!
Though at peace with God and experiencing the peace that passes all human understanding, all Christians are in conflict with spiritual foes bent on their destruction: “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” (Ephesians 6:12).
There is no discharge in this war until death.
If the sounds of battle discourage you, remember that you are equipped for victory. Casualties are unnecessary. We have a conquering Captain and all needed armour to insure safety is provided. The enemy cannot overcome the Christian soldier whose defense is salvation, faith, truth, the Gospel of peace and the Word of God. Only neglect of God’s furnished protection can result in defeat.
This protection is provided through prayer. To neglect prayer in the fight of faith is to ignore the importance of constant contact with the Commander-in-Chief.
Some are pressed with the struggle. Circumstances have seemed against them. Temptation has been especially strong. Depression hovers like a dark cloud. Efforts to exercise faith or to advance with the truth have been futile. What can be done?
And in your prayer, remember others who are struggling, too!