Week 7 – SEEK: Partnership in Prayer – Spiritual Warfare
Sunday, February 19th @ 4 pm or Wednesday, February 22nd @ 7 pm
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against..
the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
SEEK: Partnership in Prayer – Spiritual Warfare
A prayer and reflection guide for individuals and Life Groups
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against..the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
WATCH VIDEO: click here
- What did you find most helpful in the video?
- What questions did the video raise for you?
- Discernment of spirits is one of the spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12. How do you see God using this gift in your workplace/ school/ university/ street/ family?
- What do you see Satan doing in your workplace/school/university/street/ family?
- Pete said that it’s generally better to ‘plant seeds than to pull up weeds’. How can you bless the things you see the Holy Spirit doing?
- How might you live with an ‘opposite spirit’, neutralizing the demonic strategies and cultural strongholds you see?
Praying the Promises: ‘You will never pray a higher or more effective prayer than when guided by the Holy Spirit; you go to the Word, find the promise that relates to you and your situation and say, “Lord you’ve said it, you do it.” -Derek Prince
Promises of God: Learning to claim the promises of God is one of the most powerful ways we can pray because we then know that we are asking in line with his purposes and wielding ‘the sword of the Spirit’ which is the word of God.
- Think of a particular satanic stronghold in your life, family, workplace or elsewhere in the world.
- Think of a promise from the Bible that addresses that stronghold.
- Remember the authority you have in Christ. Pray and claim the promise and address it specifically to the issue you are thinking about.
- Pray for each other, and agree together for the kingdom of God to come.
From a place of gratitude, hope, faith and victory, just as prayer begins with adoration, ‘hallowed be your name,’ so it ends, ‘the kingdom come the power and the glory are yours.’ One day there will be no more spiritual warfare, no more disappointments, and listening to God will be easy. Once again humanity will walk and talk with God daily, lost in wonder, love and praise.
Read together: Ephesians 6:10–18
- How does the armour give us insight into where or how we get attacked?
- How do you practically wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God?
- What do you think Paul means by “principalities and powers,” and where do you see these at work in the modern world?
Today we may see principalities and powers at work behind:
- human trafficking
- governmental oppression and corruption
- unbridled greed and consumerism
- institutions where abuse or lawlessness has become systemic
- multinational companies that choose to abuse people and planet even though most of their employees wouldn’t behave that way in their own private lives
THE ABCD FOR ENGAGING IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE
- Authority – remember that you are ‘seated with Christ in heavenly places’.
- Blessing – not cursing. Always remember that you are dealing with real people, loved by God and so try to pray positively rather than negatively. There will be times when you have to address the enemy directly but as a general rule don’t go looking for him. Try to pray good things into people and situations rather than bad things out of them. It is ‘perfect love’ that casts out fear and in Paul’s list of spiritual armour there is only one offensive piece of equipment – the word of God.
- Common Sense – The greatest gift God wants to give to many Christians is commonsense. Is there a practical response, or a medical explanation?
- Discernment – The discernment of evil spirits is a vital gift. Sometimes the Lord will help us to know exactly how to pray and what the nature of the problem is. Part of the discernment process may well be conferring with others who are wise.
Read: C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Read: Ed Silvoso, That None Should Perish