How to Pray With Power in Your War Room

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Do you want to learn how to pray? Perhaps you feel like the gates of hell have opened up on you, and you don’t know how to fight back.

If so, I know how you feel. I have been in one of the most difficult seasons of my life. Recently, one of my kids suffered a bad concussion, and it has been a battle. I have stayed on my knees praying for a full recovery.

Honestly, it hasn’t been easy struggling through the darkness. Months of rehab and fear of not getting completely back to normal have plagued our minds. It has been hard.

Satan has tried to take my faith away at different times in this process. And I am angry. Like you, I want to learn how to pray with power in my war room. 

In fact, the tips I have written are what I am using to fight my worst fears. And you can use them too.

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How to Pray With Power in Your War Room

These tips are powerful ways to combat Satan. Arm your war room with weapons that work.

  • Helmet of Salvation

Every warrior has a helmet to protect his head. It is the command center of the body and the primary target of the enemy. As a Christian, our enemy, Satan,  targets the same area–the mind.

If Satan can lie to us and tell us we don’t belong to God, then he starts off with an incredible advantage. This isn’t the only lie he uses; he has a whole list of garbage tailored just for us. Lies that are pertinent to our core wounds from long ago.

If you want to learn how to pray with power, start saying God’s truth over and over again. And believe it! Take your thoughts captive daily so there is no room for doubt.

2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Romans 8:6 says, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”

Related: 5 Powerful Things to Do While Waiting on God

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  • Breastplate of Righteousness

Next is the breastplate. Like the helmet, it is a defensive piece of armor that protects some of the most vital organs of the body, namely, the heart and the lungs.

As a believer, we can get wounded in the same areas. Has life taken your breath away? Or do you blame God for a broken heart? Maybe you are angry because God didn’t answer your prayers as you hoped.

Whatever the issue, you have let sin creep in due to your disappointment and misunderstanding of God’s ways.

Sadly, even a small gap in your armor will allow Satan’s arrows to pierce you.

You may not feel it for a while, but it will cause a slow bleed.  Meanwhile, the light in your life will slowly turn to darkness, and you won’t know why.

Put on the righteousness of Christ so you will be covered by Him. Trust God with your disappointments. 

If you want to really learn how to pray then stay righteous before God so your prayers will be heard.

Psalm 66:18 NASB “If I regard wickedness in my heart, God will not hear me.”

Related: 5 Awesome Truths When You Feel God Has Left You

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  • Belt of Truth

Did you know that the belt on a warrior is threaded through the loops of the breastplate?  They are intertwined to hold up both pieces and stay in place. The two are tied together just like God’s righteousness (goodness) is tied to the truth.

When hard things happen, I tend to start believing the lies instead of what God has already done in His righteousness. 

Perhaps like me, you have struggled with a bad tape running through your brain. You have forgotten or don’t know His goodness. I have spent years rewiring that tape. It is a huge struggle for me not to fall back into the old ways of bad thinking.

Unfortunately, it rears it’s ugly head when I am tired or not consistently in the Word. If you want to know how to pray, put scripture on notecards and say them out loud every day.  

It will help you stay focused on what God says, not you.

John 8:32  “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. KJV

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  • Sword of the Spirit

A warrior in battle uses the sword for both offense and defense. He not only protects himself with it but can aggressively pursue his adversary and chase him away.

It is the same with our sword–the Bible. Use scripture to fight your enemy and protect yourself from harm when he lobs those fiery darts your way. In fact, go on offense and chase him away!

This is one of the best weapons for spiritual warfare. In fact, Jesus defeated Satan by quoting scripture to him in the desert while He was fasting. 

I am yelling it at Satan. I hate him. Just sayin’…

Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

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  • Sheild of Faith

The shield is another weapon that can be used defensively or offensively. It stops the fiery arrows from coming against a warrior or it can be used to push the enemy back.

As a Christian, use the shield of faith as a weapon to cover your whole body.

Deflect any lies of condemnation and choose to embrace forgiveness and redemption (Romans 8:134Revelation 12:10–12).  Ask God to cover not only you but your whole family with His protection.

Believe God can do what He says He can do. Trust Him with what He wants to do in your life and the life of your family.

Related: How to Not Lose Faith: 7 People Who Were One Hot Mess

  • Shoes with the Gospel of Peace

Good shoes help a warrior to step freely without fear so he can advance in battle. Even the best soldier can’t fight if his shoes have holes in them or falling off his feet.

Are you moving forward in your life? Is your footing sure and unshakeable? Or are you stuck in anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness?

Make up your mind that no matter what happens to you, you will not be moved. Trust God with your pain. I know it’s hard. I’m living this right now. I have lots of pain. Really, He’s the only one who can handle it though.

Psalms 4:8

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Related: The 6 Best Secrets to Stop Living in Fear

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More Weapons for Your War Room

  • Worship

Worship is a powerful way to fight your enemy and chase away demonic forces. David did it when he was ministering to King Saul, and you can too.

It is a great remedy for depression and anxiety. I have used worship through this trial and it has given me peace when nothing else has. 

I Samuel 16:23 says, “And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.”

Check out this song called “This Is How I Fight My Battles.” It is so powerful. In fact, I play it quite often!

 

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10 Comments

  1. Sandra BLACK. on November 12, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Julie I love the way you have not just thrown out the term Spiritual Warfare at us and gushed from one thing to another and not focusing properly one the solution like so many other people want to. I hate the way this phrase has been so misused in the past.

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Sandra, it can definitely sound all mystical and spooky if you don’t know what it means. Spiritual warfare is simply doing what God already told us to do. Pray, worship, believe His Word and apply it, live a life of holiness. Stand firm when everything seems to be crumbling. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Maryann Lorts on November 9, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Thank you for the encouragement and for the truth. I, too, have been facing a battle and I want to shake my fist at God. Remembering His sovereignty and to put on our armor it so important. Thank you.

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Maryann, I am so sorry you are struggling right now. It seems we are just entering a battle, in the middle, or coming out of one. Spiritual warfare makes me tired, but I know God is with me. I think it is even more intense. The days seem more evil.

  3. Jennifer Morrison on November 6, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Thank You so much for focusing in on this topic. I know I don’t focus in on the Full Armor of God enough. Great scripture reminders.

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:55 am

      Thanks, Jennifer. I don’t always focus on spiritual warfare either. And when I do…I feel the most attacked. I just keep on praying and trusting God to work out the details. God is good. I know HE has a good plan.

  4. Kelly Bolen on November 6, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for all the great advice! They were amazing!!!

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Thanks for reading about spiritual warfare. We all deal with it at one time or another whether we realize it or not.

  5. Susan Evans on November 2, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Satan often attacks our thoughts, to bring us down and incapacitate us for God’s kingdom. We need to be aware of His schemes and have the full armor of God on at all times.

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:46 am

      Susan, you are so right. It seems the mind is where Satan attacks us the most. I have to keep my mind on God or I start to worry about life situations that I can’t even control. Thanks for your comment.

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