Rusted T-62 Soviet battle tank gun barrels obtrude into the sky at the end of another passing day as the old Russian tanks sit rotting away in whatÕs most commonly referred to by local populous as a battle tank graveyard, after being discarded by Russian and Afghan forces at the end of the Soviet-Afghan war in the late 1980Õs, May 19, 2010, Kandahar, Afghanistan. The T-62 was manufactured between 1961 and 1975 replacing the T-55 and serving as the Soviets main battle tank during the Soviet-Afghan war. Numerous amounts of discarded heavy warfare machinery left behind by Russian forces can be found rotting away in the vast empty fields of Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston)(Released)

If you’re in the Kingdom, you’re in a battle.

That battle can be initiated by people or circumstances. It can attack your reputation, your finances, your health or your family.

But because of your position in the kingdom, there’s always a tie to the spiritual world. Paul says, “For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

If that’s the case, then maybe the best place to start in resolving whatever is coming against you is in a warfare prayer.

The Believer’s Warfare Prayer

In the early days of New Song, I felt spiritual pressure constantly and some sort of threat to the church’s existence daily.

Someone handed a printed prayer to me by seminary professor Victor Matthews called “The Believer’s Warfare Prayer.” I never met Dr. Matthews, but his prayer has contributed significantly to my ministry.

I prayed his prayer out loud, verbatim, that first day, and the spiritual pressure I was feeling abated. The pressure returned the next day, so I prayed it out loud again. I found that every time I prayed the prayer, I felt relief. It was like the Lord and I were pushing back Satan, claiming territory and victory.

I began to pray the prayer daily. This went on for years.

As New Song grew and our members matured, more and more people were lifting me up in prayer, so I began to experience their prayer shield. I prayed my warfare prayer less often. I didn’t seem to need it as much.

Then, a few years ago, New Song appeared on the Outreach 100 Fastest Growing Churches list. That seemed to paint a target on my back. The church and I have experienced spiritual attack over the last two decades, but never like this.

Proverbs 15:22 tells me that plans fail for lack of counsel, so one day I went to see a counselor. You know what she told me?

“You should remember that these attacks you’re experiencing have a spiritual basis to them.”

Good call! I dug out my believer’s warfare prayer and began praying it again. It’s helping. A lot.

Every Christian leader I know feels attacked, discouraged, disparaged or hopeless from time to time. Leaders are proactive, so we start by addressing the symptom of our problem, but it makes sense to go deeper and attack the root.

The believer’s warfare prayer is a sound spiritual exercise. God can hear our innermost thoughts, but Satan can’t. I find that praying it out loud has a two-fold benefit: God hears and respond, and demons hear and flee.

My encouragement to every believer who feels attacked is to pray this daily until they find themselves back in a smooth place and then to pray it weekly or monthly thereafter. The prayer takes six to eight minutes to pray out loud, and it’s well worth it.

I pray the prayer exactly as written. When I stumble over a sentence, I reread it accurately. Words matter, and Victor Matthews was a genius. His prayer is an excellently-crafted, well-rounded, biblically-based prayer that contains crisp theology.

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Evangelist Dina Amelia Kalmeta is the Founder and CEO of Your New Life in Christ Ministries - CWW7NEWS. Evangelist Dina reports on world events as they pertain to Bible Prophecy. Before Your New Life in Christ Ministries, Evangelist Dina served as a Leader for INCHRIST NETWORK leading teams online and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her mission today is to bring hard evidence that what is taking place in the world isn't just coincidence, but indeed proof that the last days the Bible warned us about are upon us right now.