"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."
We all know someone heavy-hearted. These are the people your heart just breaks as you pray and wonder what is it that you can offer that will lift their burden. These individuals always seem to have a stream of bad luck. In fact, at any given time of the day, conversations with them always pivot on the gloom-and-doom spectrum.
Donna was one of those spiritual individuals. Her life was long already, and at age 73 she could quickly tell you a mini time frame of her life that was ridden with strife. She told me once, "Where is God? He seems to sic the enemy on me always." She was a believer in God, but could not understand why he had not taken care of her as the Bible states. All her memories were ridden with failure. Nothing she achieved in life was worth bragging about. She felt God had left her and was incapable of hearing her cries and prayers.
As prayer partners we are often faced with situations that we know the Enemy has his talons wrenched deeply. We know Satan is behind each door looking for the faint- hearted. He preys on discouragement, deception, doubt, or despair. When I was talking to Donna I was reminded of such. I was touched by God to tell Donna she was not seeing things from HIS perspective. We prayed together and after we prayed I began asking her about her children. She immediately relaxed and with the brightest smile began telling me of their adventures and milestones of life.
Christians are asked not to be passive in the battle against Satan. In fact, in Ephesians 6, Paul speaks of the armor of God. Paul admonishes us not to allow ourselves to become casualties, but instead to stand against the devil's schemes. He goes on to tell us of the amour of God which includes:
- Truth. Speak truth instead of gossiping.
- Righteousness. Do what is right instead of being clouded by racial intolerance, greed, or anger.
- Readiness. When God calls us to a task - do it!
- Gospel of Peace. Use the testimony of Jesus Christ to promise peace to believers.
- Faith. Believe God will protect you.
- Salvation. Recognized you are saved already by the Lord.
- Bible. Use the Bible to quote passages to help others.
- Prayer. Pray without ceasing.
When these weapons are used together we have true faith and our life will glorify him.
At the end of our conversation I said nothing. There was nothing more to say, something had erupted in Donna's soul that spoke real truth. She looked up at me and smiled. "I guess it is all in the eye of the beholder," she said. Maybe my expectations were to high to begin with.