2 Samuel 15:31 (KJV)

31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

The term resistance movement describes situations in which oppressed people rise up against their oppressors.

Resistance fighters take the stance, ” I’m not going to stand idly by and allow this evil to continue. I choose to resist the wrongs. Whether I live or die in resisting my oppressor, I will no longer live as I have been.”

Resistance in prayer is the biblical approach to confronting and overcoming the devil. Peter wrote, “Resist him, steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 5:9). James echoes this 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 Peter and James make it clear that we are to actively resist evil through our persevering prayers.

On the surface, resistance may appear to be passive. In practice, it is anything but passive. It is an active stance, both intentional and powerful.

What would you do if a weight begin to press against you, attempting to push you off a position rightfully yours? How would you resist? You would lean into the weight and press back. The pressure you exert would equal or exceed the pressure exerted against you. That’s a posture of resistance.

Submission to God is saying, “I can’t but You can.”

In our battlefield prayers we might say, “Lord, I can’t defeat this evil on my own, but with You, I can.”

This is the position the apostle Paul took when he stated, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).

Faith is saying to God, “I believe You will.”

We grow in faith by by exercising it, by trusting God in situation after situation, circumstance after circumstance, relationship after relationship.

The good news is that God had given each of us a measure of faith to develop. He gives us the ability to submit. Therefore, we are capable of resisting the devil through our prayers.

Afterwards he must flee.

 

 

 

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