In her book, The Power of a Praying Woman, Stormie Omartian writes, “When things are good in your life, take time to build and fortify your relationship with the Lord. Never become complacent about your relationship with Him, because there’s always room to grow DEEPER!” Stormie alludes to the fact that a powerful woman is the one who never lets her guard down but prays always - in the good and in the bad.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (KJV) says, “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” You see, prayer is living in the abundance of our God. As women, we know we can be gullible and vulnerable to many temptations. However when we commit our lives to prayer, our Divine Father fills us with courage, strength, wisdom and zeal that makes us formidable to what life may throw at us.
Furthermore, a praying woman understands that just as God pursues her, so does the enemy. The Bible says that the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion seeking for someone to devour. The devil is the infernal enemy of the soul, and is committed to and constantly working toward stealing our joy in the Lord, killing our faith in Christ, destroying our families and creating a fearful influence.
When you are aware of this behind-the-scenes spiritual warfare, you cannot compromise your time with the Lord in prayer. You cannot fail to put on the full armour of the Lord and fight on your knees. We are soldiers of Christ, and as women of faith, we are called to defend His honour and His Name.
God will pursue you.
The book of Esther narrates a story of a young Jewish girl named Esther whose destiny and the destiny of her nation depended on her deep relationship with God. Queen Esther’s three day prayer and fasting changed the history of her people who were facing an imminent alienation from the face of the earth. Esther knew she had to defend her people from Haman’s plot, she knew she had to approach the king with her petition.
But what did she do that changed the king’s heart and granted her request? She knew her strength came from the Lord, she knew God would answer her prayer because she had established and nurtured her relationship with Him. She fasted and prayed earnestly for the three days and God answered her prayer.
The story of Esther teaches us to pray constantly because we never know when the day of adversity will come. And when that day comes, we can do as Esther did. Fast and pray, then face our fears with faith!
Published November 9, 2020
Angeline Ayrton, Founder of Loved Saved Blessed