Daily Devotional – 9/18/15 “Let’s start in prayer!”

I had the opportunity to see War Room, the movie, on last night and it was awesome. Now, I wondered why a movie like War Room didn’t get the buzz around town like the move The Perfect Guy when we all know good and well, he doesn’t exist. Is it because it’s Christian based? Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating for the movie simply because this is a Christian devotion but the movie is worth seeing. If you ever needed your prayer life reignited, War Room is the movie to see. Listen, I’ve said it before; it’s time we start fighting in the spirit because that’s where our war is. Yea, I know you think those folk you call haters are the ones you should be fighting but baby, they aren’t anything compared to the spiritual enemy we cannot see. Don’t you understand that when the spiritual enemy gets into your fleshly body, it is now in control and nothing that you do, in the natural, can kill or destroy it? This is why God didn’t give us natural weapons. If God wanted us fighting in the natural, He would have equipped us for that but baby, God gave us spiritual battle gear that we should always have on or nearby in case we have to suit up for war. This is why the bible says in Ephesians 6:13-17, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

And once you understand this, Ephesians 6:18 continues with, “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 Lord’s people.” Let’s start over and begin with prayer! Don’t wait until the odds are stacked against us. It’s time out for trying to fight folk with our hands and with our fleshly words. Neither is working and they are draining us but physically and spiritually. Stop trying to change your spouse, throw the blood of Jesus on them through prayer. Stop constantly hollering at those children, cover them with the anointing. Stop worrying about finances and let prayer fight for you and see if it can’t get the increase on your behalf. Your healing can be done, if you pray it to be. Stop worrying about the naysayers in the church, God can handle them; if you turn it over to Him. Take your hands off and fight in your war room, in prayer! The word of God says in Mark 11:24, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”

We’ve got to get back to praying, in and out of our homes, for our families and in front of our enemies, on our jobs, in our schools, in the car, at the movies, at the salons and barber shops, at the doctor offices and hospitals, outside of prisons (before the sentencing), walking, running, kneeling and definitely in our worship places. Let start in prayer and see the difference!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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