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Winning Your Battles through Prayer

By Dr. Charles Stanley

What would you do if someone began to push against you, attempting to throw you off a position that is rightfully yours? How would you respond? Most people would lean into the weight and push back. That's a posture of resistance. And as believers, we must know when it's time to lean with all our might against evil. But how?

Prayer is the believer's  great privilege and powerful weapon against Satan and his plans. The apostle Peter wrote, "Resist him, steadfast in the faith" (1 Peter 5:9). James echoed this teaching:

"Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4:7-8).

Both of these godly men admonished believers to oppose evil. And we do that by persevering in prayer. On the surface, this form of resistance may appear to be passive. But in practice, it is always active, intentional, and powerful.

Resistance begins with a decision to join the struggle against evil through prayer, rather than retreat. Such godly opposition takes strength and courage. It also requires patience and perseverance.

Peter and James point to two key words at the heart of our ability to resist the devil through our prayers: faith in God and submission to His will.

Submission

Submission to God means acknowledging that we can't but He can. In our prayers, we might tell the Lord, "I can't defeat the Enemy on my own. But with You, I can." By taking this position, we join the apostle Paul in saying, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13).

James taught that submission occurs when we seek a closer relationship with God. As we spend time in His Word and His presence, we get to know the Lord better. We also discover how He wants us to overcome evil and experience blessing in our lives. By setting aside time solely to listen and wait upon the Lord for direction and guidance, we grow closer to Him. Periodically hiding ourselves away from all other influences and distractions is vital if we want to grow in knowledge of our God. The better we know Him, the more we see His power, experience His love, and grow in faith and wisdom.

Faith

Faith can be summed up in the statement "God, I believe You will." In our efforts to overcome the Evil One, we might pray this way: "I believe You will defeat the Enemy and cause him to flee from me as I resist him and put my trust in You." Again and again, David made this declaration of faith to the Lord: "O my God, I trust in You" (See Ps. 25:2, 31:6, 55:23, 56:3, 143:8).

We grow in faith by exercising it—trusting God in every circumstance and relationship. Over time, we develop a personal history with God as He demonstrates His faithfulness and loving care for us. The result is an ever-deepening relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Ultimately, it's impossible to resist the Devil for long if you don't believe that Jesus Christ can and will thwart Satan's attempts to harm you. Remaining strong in faith requires total submission to God in all areas of your life—no exceptions. When you decide that you don't need God's help in one area, that's precisely where the Enemy will strike.

The good news is that God has given each of us a measure of faith to nurture within our hearts. And by His grace, we are capable of submitting to His will. In whatever you do, remember the words of James: "Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

 

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  • January 12, 2013 06:17 AM

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    Dr.Stanley thank you for providing nourishment to our spiritual encouragement . Learning from your Life Principles is worth of understanding because our brothers & sisters are gaining a lot to know more of GOD.
    I pray to our Lord Jesus Christ to give and constantly strengthen us in our daily life.
    God bless...
  • March 25, 2012 12:10 PM

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    Dios lo bendiga a toda su family
  • March 23, 2012 02:25 PM

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    Dear Dr Stanley, Please pray for me. i am anxiously waiting to hear back from a medical school admissions commitee. It is a career change for me. It is something i have prayed and worked and hoped for several years. I had decided to forget about it and forge ahead in my current profession.,yet the yearning in my heart continued. This year i made it further than i ever have, and i am awaiting the good news. I have made a vow to God, and i take it seriously. Please pray for me. I pray also for peace and the right attitude and mindset as i wait.
  • January 09, 2012 08:48 PM

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    Dr. Stanley, I watch your teaching program as often as I can. Your teaching is so allsome. I have pad and pen ready to take notes. Thank God for you and your love of GOD! I pray God continue to bless your life. Thank you so much! Evelyn
  • January 08, 2012 11:58 AM

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    grory to most high.be blessed pastor
  • January 07, 2012 05:00 PM

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    Thank yOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT...LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING YOU ON TV TONIGHT..TBN
  • January 02, 2012 02:21 AM

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    Thank you Jesus for Dr. Stanley!

    After reading this, I feel encouraged. I am in a very difficult situation right now. My husband is threatening to leave me and my 2 daughters. I have been abused physically and emotionally for the past 12 years and now I think it must stop. I am afraid but I know God will never leave my side. Please pray for me and my children to hold on and trust God in everything. Thank you so much.

    Anne
  • August 15, 2011 12:39 AM

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    Your ministry and you are God's gift to me...I am so grateful that you are 'in' our lives ! God Bless you !!!
  • July 28, 2011 09:20 AM

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    I am so blessed.
  • June 29, 2011 06:45 PM

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    Thank you DR. Charles Stanley, I am so blessed by the above message, may God continue to bless your ministry.
  • June 16, 2011 08:43 AM

    by Mrs T

    Prayer changes things! I am going through a difficult time in my marriage. My husband's addiction to alcohol; overspending; and social lifestyle is overwhelming. It makes me angry. We're considering separation; however, I'm praying that we can work things out. Dr. Stanley I am hopeful that " I will win this battle through prayer". Prayer team please pray for my husband and me.
  • May 09, 2011 05:24 PM

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    Glory to God! Have been a lot of prblems , trials and difficuties in life and I'll say Amen that Prayer to our heavenly Father is the best way to find the real answers to all. I'm so thankful to God that through the help of our Pastors and missionary, shaped my spiritual life, made me spiritual mature to do all things, thru Christ.And so happy and to tell you Dr. Charles Stanley, that you are one of the few that encourages my life to walk in line with the Word of God. Been listening and watching thru television in the Philippines for 6 years before we successfully came here in US and that was 2004 when we (my whole family) arrived here,trying to find a program where we can watch with and we never fail and so thankful to God with all your messages that continues to encourage us and I'm even posting it in my FB account to let my relatives and friends encourage read it and the hope of changing their lives. Pls. help for me in this vision . Thank You for your unending encouragement to us. To God be the Glory!
  • May 06, 2011 06:15 AM

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    Truly, this message has encouraged me today ,Dr.Charles... thank you so much.!!! Everytime i hear your preaching or read the Life Principles to Live By, I've received the touch of God in my life. I thank God for U Dr.Charles each time I think of You .. God bless you & your ministry richly.!!
  • May 06, 2011 03:33 AM

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    When I go through the difficulty, I always pray to god to help me go through it. I am now still the same difficult situation but I stil have faith in god that one day I will go through it.
  • May 05, 2011 07:00 PM

    by APT

    I Thank You Dr !! Blessing to You!!
  • May 05, 2011 06:54 PM

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    This is flat out AMAZING!
  • May 05, 2011 02:40 PM

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    I love you Charles Stanley because you explain the Word so clearly and I am also encouraged my your words. And today, is just another example of how I was encouraged again my your message. You are such a Godly Man and excellent example for Christians ! God Bless You!
  • May 05, 2011 12:27 PM

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    Thank you so much for your ministry. The Lord Jesus Christ just pours out of everything that is done here. I've been following for two years now ever since I surrendered my life to the Lord. I'm now turning 25 years old Friday May 6. I'm a single father that has came through a horrible divorce. I'm blessed to be able to pour out what Christ has done through me to my 4 year old son. Please keep Trent and myself in your prayers, anyone who comes across this. Thank you so much! --blessings, Kyle--
  • May 05, 2011 01:01 AM

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    Oh yes
  • May 04, 2011 09:55 PM

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    Through prayer I know is the only way to help me in time of need. I have tried my way so many times, I have even prayed about things and I know I have to pray and wait on the Lord in His timing, not mine. It is articles like this one to strengthen me and get me through day to day.
  • May 04, 2011 01:09 PM

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    AWESOME!
  • May 04, 2011 01:08 PM

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    This is so true! Thank you for such encouraging words! Submit completely to God and sit back and watch things happen! :) GOD is AWESOME!!!!!! Thank you Lord for being such a loving God, Father!
  • May 04, 2011 12:00 AM

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    I guess I can say that I'm starting to get it now. The whole thing about asking and believing. if you don't believe you're going to get it why ask for it? So, when you do ask ask knowing that God will provide or has already provided. Thank you charles Stanley, the man who introduced me to a God that I desperately want to learn to obey.
  • May 03, 2011 06:35 PM

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    thank you very much!
  • May 03, 2011 11:31 AM

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    I watched on T.V. and I liked to read it again... very touching words

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