Yesterday I called a friend to solicit prayer for something
that was troubling me. She prayed and, among other things, matter-of-factly
addressed the spiritual battle that was part of my struggle. Hmmm. Until she
mentioned it, I had been oblivious to enemy interference. But once she did, it
became as clear as day. I agreed with her and continued praying along those
lines. Before long, my heart was settled and God had given me a strategy to
Today I met with someone who had experienced numerous
baffling setbacks on the project I was trying to help with. It’s a good
project, a kingdom project, yet it seems to keep getting hung up. There could
be rational reasons for the setbacks. But the more we talked, the more I wondered
if there might be spiritual reasons behind all the snarls. I mentioned the
possibility to him. It resonated. So we prayed together and addressed some of
the places where the enemy might have been able to get a foothold into things.
Like me the day before, he had been completely unaware of the possibility that
there might be more going on than met the eye.
As I pondered these back-to-back experiences, I realized the
importance of relationships when it comes to spiritual battle. What soldier
goes into battle alone? We can’t always see the arrows that are headed our direction.
But a spiritually tuned-in friend might see the enemy schemes we are blind to
and cover our backs for us.
How about you? Whose back are you covering? And is someone
covering yours? I’m thinking it’s really important that we serve one another in
this critical manner since, whether we like it or not, we’re in a battle.