Praying Through the Valleys

Have you ever had one of those days where you just felt like praying? I doubt it. We never “feel” like it unless it is the religious spirit that has arisen to pray in the street corners to be seen by men.

Now I don’t feel like praying but God, in Christ, sure does! He is situated right at the throne ever interceding for us! He loves to ask the Father. And when we are in Him, we love it too! This desire to commune with God can be a kind of litmus test to show the color of your devotion. Is it blue and cold or fiery red and flaming hot?

When you are hot from the fire of devotion you just can’t help yourself. You want to pray. It is your devotion thats been ignited by drawing nigh unto Him. Our coldness comes in our turning away and failing to draw near.

“I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.” Jer. 30:21. Therefore, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Heb. 10:22.

Now this drawing near is essential and necessary to strengthen our spirit. For it is in the battle, as our God fights and wins the victory over our enemies that we are encouraged and emboldened. As we lean on Him and depend on Him and trust in Him and desire Him and yield to Him to be our very Life and Strength that we are the Overcomers that we are designed to be.

So what would be an effective strategy of our enemy? Would he not work and toil to discourage us? to deter us? to keep us from the mighty weapon of prayer? Would he not fear most of all our summoning of God in the battle against him? I submit that this is why you do not feel like praying.

The Accuser has come and made feel you are weak and fearful, unworthy and dirty. You just don’t “feel” like you want to talk to God right now. Why would you not want to talk to your Father? You know He loves you and is interested in every detail of your life to the very number of your hairs on your head.

So the enemy is looking to keep the Sun from shining in your heart and to fill your skies with gloom and doom. He brings up the things you have done and said that cause you shame and guilt. He makes your body weak and feeble in energy and might. He drains all the resources of faith and courage. Now of course you don’t “feel” like praying.

Yet it is in these very valleys that you must work and climb and overcome the height of your discouragements and downtroddeness. You have been beaten down and made to not “feel” like seeing and talking to your Father today for good reason. The enemy will have your day for his purposes and his enjoyment. He loves to see you wallow in the muck of your fear and pain.

So what must you do? You must arise O Sleeper and take heart. You must grab the war gear. Get dressed for success.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” Eph. 6:11-18.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4.

You know that whatever the enemy meant for bad, that God has allowed for good. All things work together… This valley walking is to get us to the end of trusting our Self and to die so that we might be risen again. So when you are in the valley, go ahead and die (i.e. bring weakness to its utter conclusion) then arise to your Father. Tell Him you do not have the strength, that the Old Man is listening to old programming and lies. That you trust Him and that you will act in faith and come to Him.

Now the Day Star will arise in your heart, your clouds of doubt and fear will flee and you will run toward your Father and walk through the day in victory and faith. Resist the devil and he will flee. Its a promise.

So never forget, pray through the valleys.