Prayer is war. The battle of prayer is life-time and full-time warfare on earth in the life of true worshippers. Jesus was a man of prayer. The Lord started His earthly warfare with prayers, thus taking to forty days and forty-night fasting, here He moved the Holy Spirit to lead Him into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil Matthew 4:1-4. The Lord had an upper hand in the confrontation made with Satan; such is the power of prayer. Jesus made all-night prayer in the garden of Gethsemane before He reciprocated power to carry His earthly warfare to Completion, here He set example for us to follow, thus praying as He had been praying. Beware of sin. Iniquity is a formidable anti prayer.
The work of Satan (sin) disfigure completely the body, soul and spirit of man, thus rendering the defeated person empty and powerless in the battle of life. Man was created for good works, thus doing good and receive power to pray, glorify God and live on earth. Beware of the flesh. The three disciples of Christ (Peter, James and John), whereby Jesus called to watch with Him could not pray, because of earthly sorrows and infirmity of the flesh. The flesh wanted to hinder the Lord from praying according to Divine will and as He wanted to pray, but the prince of life rendered the flesh nothing and prayed till He had a break through.
The Bible says
“And He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and said unto peter, what, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. ”
Do not put off spirit of prayer. Beware of giving up at the hour of prayer when Satan is at work, the problem is not yet solved, mountains is not yet taken away, etc. Seeing that whosoever fails to pray as Jesus commands will fall into temptation MATTHEW 26:41. Peter the disciple of christ and chief disciple maker deployed by Jesus could not pray as Jesus commanded, off he arose and denied Christ.
The bible says
“Then began he to curse and to swear saying i know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shall deny me thrice, And he went out and wept bitterly.”Matthew 26:74-75
There is a little bitterness in the battle of prayer. The true worshippers taste the bitterness with enjoyment, seeing that asking and receiving authenticate unspeakable and abundant spiritual joy in the battle of life.
Do not misuse the hour of prayer. Learn to let go sleep, weakness and discouragement at the hour of prayer. We are commanded
to pray without ceasing. You must pray at the hour of Satan. Many a times Satan does a thing whereby you do not expect, do not fail to pray at that hour, thus calling upon God to consume what the devil has done, here you render Satan a liar and the father of it.
IN A NUTSHELL
Going spotless, putting off infirmity of the flesh, praying without ceasing and as Jesus commands is the battle of prayer.