For years, I approached God with a list of problems; a long list of situations and people I wanted Him to change. My prayer focus was on what He could do for me. Let’s just be honest… It’s easy to point out what’s wrong, but it takes a shift in perspective to see the positive in a situation, the good in others, and to have faith in the midst of chaos. Instead of feeling refreshed and confident as I prayed, I experienced discouragement and frustration with myself and with God. I know… major issues. I was doing what I was told, to “give it to God,” and “leave it at the Cross.” But that wasn’t effective. It was just busy prayer.
Then Papa showed me that warriors don’t pray with problems – warriors pray with answers. We pray with truth… His promises… His Word.
Praying with His answers have boosted my confidence, increased my faith, and transformed me. That’s what’s most important about prayer – prayer must transform us before it changes others or our circumstances.
In Ephesians 6:10-18, we’re told to put the armor of God. I love how Paul uses the image of a warrior. This strong warrior is ready for battle, ready to fight against the “spiritual forces.” And Paul reminds us, in Romans 12:2, that we must “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The key word is renewal.
Miriam Webster defines renewal as:
- the act of continuing in force for a new period the renewal of a magazine subscription
- the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again
- something renewed license renewals
I used to think renewing of the mind was a one time event. We are reminded repeatedly that if things haven’t changed, then we lack faith. But negative thought patterns, yucky feelings, and challenging situations are a process.
Renewal of the mind is a continuation, a choice we must make to see the way God sees. And this doesn’t come easy. If it did, the world would be a better place. We must practice. This is why we need a Warrior Battle Plan. We must implement a plan to develop a warrior mindset, use fight verses during times of distress, and remind ourselves (daily) of the evidences of God’s grace and mercy.
As warriors, we refuse to:
- Give-up – Warriors persevere through challenges and fight the good fight.
- Focus on the physical (things we see) – Warriors focus on the Spiritual (what we cannot see, but know is there).
- Allow our mind to wander in confusion – Warriors grow deep roots in Jesus, who brings clarity, truth, and peace.
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Fan the flame! 🔥