First I want to give Glory to God! Demonic attacks are real! I’ve spent the past two weekends uncharacteristically sick. Yesterday was the absolute worst. I was literally confined to my bed. Even after seeking medical attention and obtaining a prescription, my symptoms didn’t subside for hours! Now last weekend I chalked up my sudden “cold” (severe congestion and sore throat that felt like I’d swallowed broken glass, drank 100 prof alcohol, then lit my esophagus on fire) to just a weird summer cold. However, for me to get sick again the very next Saturday… Suddenly… Except for this time with a crazy stomach virus (purging tons of liquid even though I’d not eaten or drunk anything) severe abdominal cramps and body aches; I knew this was no coincidence. Each Saturday I’d had plan. A plan to journal on this site, and a plan to evangelize as much as possible. I consider myself a very organized person – I like to plan things, I have good time-management skills. But, I noticed that I didn’t have a real plan with Jesus. I didn’t have time management, and a plan when it came to God and I moved to quickly change that. And a soon as I did that the attacks happen! Satan does not like this! Satan does NOT want you to have a plan with God (and to honor that plan). Last week I was attacked because I had a plan and was implementing it. This week I was attacked because I’d just learned about proper prayer. Let’s take a minute to talk about proper prayer.
Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.1
I was very excited about getting closer to God. And I was even more excited that I could actually get lost in prayer and loose track of time. But I wanted to know if there was a correct way to pray and an incorrect way to pray. I was already praying on my knees, but I wanted to know if I was missing something. Because if you look at other religions they go all out (even if they are praying to idols) by bowing down, or praying or rugs, praying with palms open etc. So, I wanted to know if I was honoring God in prayer the correct way so I simply asked him the question, and he answered pretty quick by leading me to 1 Corinthians 11:5-10 and 1 Corinthians 11:13-16. So, immediately I was apologetic because first I’d not been taught this in church and second I didn’t want to dishonor God in anyway. But of course I had a lot of questions like, “What about when I’m in the car?”, “What about when I’m at work?”, “What about when I’m at lunch?”, or “What about when I ‘m in the middle of a conversation with someone?” He said those times where understandable and He wants me to be able to talk to Him whenever and wherever, but in formal prayer I needed to cover my head. Jesus he’s a little humorous, he then told me I shouldn’t be so concerned about the in-between times because as of late I keep my head covered – Covered with a wig cap and a wig! Hahahaha – funny!
-Sidebar, For the past 5 years I have stopped chemically processing my hair (besides the occasional coloring). I noticed a complete change in my hair pattern and texture. My hair isn’t actually thin. Instead it is extremely thick. My hair is not nappy. Instead it is very curly. My hair has no problem growing. Instead my hair goes half way down my back. I would have NEVER known this if I had kept chemically processing my hair. I do not believe we are suppose to chemically alter our hair. It leads to medical conditions, hair loss, baldness etc. So, now I do as little as possible with my natural hair. I apply heat to it at most 4 times a year (mostly for length checks). I finger comb my hair more than I run an actual comb through it (my curls tangle very easily). And I co-wash my hair daily and only shampoo it once a month. For protective styling I braid, twist or pull my hair into a low pony-tail and wear wigs. I just wanting to bring this up in case some women reading this are having problems with their hair, or hair growth. The key is to remove chemical processes. Even dyes can be harmful. Semi permanent is the best route (lesson learned earlier this year).
So after learning about this I became fired up! I thought, “Yes, I get an excuse to go shopping! I’m going to buy a prayer scarf”. I also planned to make and personalize a prayer pillow that would be used just to put my knees on for prayer. I was super excited. But, my excitement was met with resentment. This is how I knew the devil was busy. I woke up yesterday morning SUPER excited because I had been planing to buy my prayer scarf all week. In the interim I had been using my head scarf or bath towels or hats (yes a little ghetto, but it worked). So, anyway I woke up yesterday morning and I’m smiling and joyful and I tap my husband, and I’m like “Husband” (yes I call my husband, “husband” most of the time, partially because it gets on his nerves and makes me laugh) do you want to go shopping with me? I already know what I want and where I’m likely to find and buy it. I should be in and out in less than 20 minutes. He’s like sure, what are you going to buy? I told him a prayer cloth/scarf and he sat completely up in the bed and turned 50 shades of red. I sat up too, and I was like, “What’s wrong with you?” He turned to me and asked, “No, what’s wrong with you? You’re not Muslim. You have just boarded the crazy train!” Instead of matching his anger, I simply turned to my nightstand picked up my Bible and said, “Now this is not a Muslim Bible, this is not the Quran. This is the Holy Bible.” Then I proceeded to 1 Corinthians and read verses 11:1-16 .
I made it a point to re-read verses 13-16 with emphasis before finishing then I asked him his thoughts. And he just shook his head with detain towards me and said “It doesn’t matter what I think, you are going to do what you want to do.” I said, “No, it does matter what you think, but I’m not going to do what I want to do, but I am going to do what “He” wants me to do.” I proceeded to ask, “In what way did I misinterpret the scripture? I’ve read it in many versions – KJV, NIV, ESV to name a few and it all reads the same in meaning. There’s no way around it, a woman is suppose to cover her head in prayer and while prophesying – PERIOD!” He just shook his head in bewilderment and turned away. And I knew that it was going to be a long day from that point. My husband loves me, so even though he may not agree with me, he will honor me, and as supportive as he knows how to be. So, he ended up driving me to go pick up the scarf even though he silently let me know the entire time how he was not in agreement with my decision. We decided to run some errands along the way, and at our first stop out of the blue I started to feel queasy. I even thought about asking him to just take me home after that stop, but I pushed through. The third stop was to pick up the scarf and I was actually in and out in ten minutes. We spent 5 minutes waiting in line otherwise it would have been quicker than that. I requested that we make one more stop, this time by Target so that I could get something for my stomach to settle it as I just didn’t feel right, and by the time we got home I just had to lay on the sofa for a while. I took some medicine and within an hour I was vomiting and cramping and my entire day went down-hill from there.
Jude 1:22 22 Be merciful to those who doubt;3
I spent a lot of time in prayer. Praising God’s name as I knew what this was. It was an attack, and I just wanted to pull through it and complete the mission. I professed how thankful I was. I thanked my guardian angels for the unseen work that they do for me daily and I prayed about many things. I found myself praying endlessly. I was praying myself in and out of sleep. It was a beautiful thing, because I’d never been able to do that before (my mind would wander in the middle of praying while half asleep) but also not as great as I knew it could have been due to the pain and discomfort I was in. And I am not disillusioned. I know it could have been much worst which is why I sought God in prayer. There is power in prayer. Prayer renews your spirit. Prayer heals your soul. Prayer provides answers. Prayer provides understanding. I tell my daughter all of the time, “You shouldn’t just pray when something is wrong. You should pray when there’s absolutely nothing wrong, and when you don’t want anything more than to talk.” A lot of people forget the value and the power of prayer until something is wrong, or until they want something. That has to be frustrating for God. Everyone has had that friend where they didn’t really hang out with you, or check up on you unless they wanted something in return. Nobody really likes to entertain this friend and nobody really wants to be this friend, yet we do this to God all of the time. Praise God when you are having a good day! Praise God that you were blessed to open your eyes for another day! Praise God for your good health. Praise God that you’re on time for work, that your car started, that you avoided that accident, that you have food on your table, enough money to provide for your family, etc.
Ephesians 5:20 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.4
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.5
1 Corinthians 10:31 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.6
Colossians 3:17 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.7
Go heavy into prayer even when you don’t know what to pray about. I am just now learning this, but when you find yourself just out of words (which for me is sometimes impossible, I can be quit the chatty box) just quiet yourself on your knees and wait. Listen. Maybe God has something to say back to you. Prayer is awesome. I love it when I pray and I get completely lost in it, and so joyful that all I can do is cry happy tears and sing off key because the words are getting caught in the back of my throat from crying happy tears! It’s amazing. Prayer is how you talk with Jesus it’s how you gain understanding.
Romans 8:26 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.8
Luke 12:12 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”9
Now lets go back to me being a chatty box. Once I start talking and I get on a roll? Boy can I go! I can go on an on like the energizer bunny. I’ll start to talk about one thing, and then roll into another, and then bring it back around to the point I was making and then move on to another thought (as if you didn’t know this by reading my writings by now). So, I was like shock, gasp when I came across Matthew 6:7. I was like, “Lord are you saying I talk to much?” This is where I really had to pray then completely shut up and listen. From what I understood, God does not have a problem with my chatty-box-ness. What he doesn’t like is when people pray and they use all of these elaborate words and you get into a prayer that never ends because they don’t know when to cut it off because they love to hear themselves talking (have you ever been in church and had a pastor turn a quick prayer into an endless loop of words that you stopped listening to once he started repeating himself?). It is also not necessary to keep praying for the same thing over and over and over again. I don’t know how to explain that one, I mean I understood it when it was told to me, but I don’t know how to outwardly explain it. I will try to simplify it, say that you pray for mate (that’s a common one), you don’t need to start every prayer with this request. He heard you the first time. When you do this it’s like you’re not happy with his timing (He’s not moving when you want Him to move) or your upset that you haven’t received what you wanted so you think by continuously saying the same thing is going to make it more relevant, or get you heard more. That’s the best way I can describe the way understanding was given to me. If I’ve confused you, go into prayer and He will break it down so that you may understand as well.
Matthew 6:7 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.10
I say all of this to say that there is power in prayer. When I sought out the Lord and asked about proper prayer, about getting a plan together, and getting on a schedule I asked also about when or how much. I know that I should pray without ceasing, but should there be special times to pray and I was lead to the book of Numbers.
Numbers 28:1-4 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Give this command to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Make sure that you present to me at the appointed time my food offerings, as an aroma pleasing to me.’ 3 Say to them: ‘This is the food offering you are to present to the LORD: two lambs a year old without defect, as a regular burnt offering each day. 4 Offer one lamb in the morning and the other at twilight,11
- (KJV)Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 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.13 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.14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
- (KJV)1 Corinthians 11:1-1611 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
- (KJV)Jude 1:22 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
- (KJV)Ephesians 5:20 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- (KJV)1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice evermore.17 Pray without ceasing.18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
- (KJV)1 Corinthians 10:31 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
- (KJV)Colossians 3:17 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
- (KJV) Romans 8:26 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
- (KJV)Luke 12:12 12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
- (KJV) Matthew 6:7 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
- (KJV)Numbers 28:1-4 28 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.3 And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the Lord; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering.4 The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even;