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Pray For Deliverance

Pray For Deliverance

A spirit of humble acceptance toward God or forgiveness towards others does not mean we should not pray for deliverance from the adversities that come upon us. Scripture teaches us just the opposite. Many of the Psalms contain very fervent prayers for deliverance from troubles. The best example that we can cite in Scripture is the Lord Jesus himself: Matthew 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” This is an example of the Lord Himself when He was going through a very difficult time of adversity in His life (the night before He was crucified).

We need to pray for the ultimate outcome of adversity even though it may be in doubt, in the case of sickness, in the case of a spiritually rebellious child. We should be continually in prayer asking God to change the situation and for His guidance.

We need to use the same spirit that Jesus used – not as we will but as God wills. We must never demand of God that He will change the situation. We need to always pray for deliverance from the temptations of Satan. 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Satan’s attacks like the injuries of other people or the calamitous events of nature are under the sovereign control of God. Satan cannot attack us without the permission of God – go beyond the limits that God has set. Look at the following Scriptures: Job 1:12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. Job 2:6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.” Luke 22:31–32 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

We do not know why God allows Satan to attack us. Sometimes the reason is that we may engage in spiritual warfare – so that we may learn to: “resist the devil.” James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

We need to pray for deliverance and that we can resist the attacks of Satan. All our prayers should be with the attitude of humility – acceptance of God’s will for our lives. Sometimes God’s will be deliverance from the adversity. Sometimes it is the provision of grace to accept the adversity. Trusting God for the grace to accept adversity is as much an act of faith as trusting Him for deliverance from the adversity. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

What prayers have you offered for deliverance when you were experiencing adversity?

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