“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:9-10 NIV)
Spiritual warfare is not a rare occurrence – it goes on every day. Satan is at work every day doing just what Jesus said about him: he seeks to steal and destroy. He steals the blessings of God that are rightfully yours. When you pray and the prayer is not answered, there are several possible reasons. Perhaps God is say “no” to your request; or, wait – not now; or maybe God just doesn’t answer prayers the way he did in the past. Or, is it possible that satan has blocked the path to the prayer being answered?
Is it possible for satan to hinder the prayer request of a Christian?
- “Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us” (I Thessalonians 2:18)
- “Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.” (Daniel 10:12-13)
But there are two parts to John 10:10- it isn’t all negative. We also learn that Jesus came to give us life more abundantly!
- I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (New King James)
- But I came to bring them life, and far more life than before. (J.B. Phillips)
- But I came to give life—life in all its fullness. (New Century Version)
- I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. (The Message)
We don’t want to dwell on the negative, but we can easily see that there are two opposite forces at work, and satan is sometimes successful. If your prayers are being hindered and your blessings are being stolen, you can take a stand against the evil one, rebuke him and claim what is yours.
I want to encourage you to find a small group of prayer partners who understand spiritual warfare and are bold enough to help you pray in faith. Don’t try to fight the battle alone; call on your prayer warriors to stand with you in faith.