Spiritual warfare – Give ear to my prayer, O God

Today I want you to know why we pray.

David said, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” Psalm 55:16-17

He said the tide of battle runs strongly against me, for so many are fighting me. 

Those that fought him weren’t strangers. He said, “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it : neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.” Psalm 55:12-13 

So who are they who were fighting him? It was those he fellowshiped with, and those whom he walked to church with. These are the ones he said, “they shout against me and threaten me with death. They surround me with terror and plot to kill me. Their fury and hatred rise to engulf me.”

Now, there is nothing you can do against such except to pray. Do you now understand why David could not kill Saul even when he had the chance to do so? 

“Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it” (Psalm 55:10). But still, there is nothing you can do except to pray. All you can do is complain and make noise to God, and “God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah.” Psalm 55:19 

Why do we pray? We pray because we know that even in Church wickedness is her dwelling, it’s dwells amongst us. Psalm 55:11 says, “Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.”

“But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.” Psalm 55:23

What do you do when a fellow christian is up in arms against you? Don’t fight back, please. David said, “And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest” (Psalm 55:6-8). Do you now see why David had to flee from the wrath of Saul even when he knew that he was better equipped? We pray because we know the battle is not ours. And here he concluded, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

God bless,


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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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