– John Bunyan
The Apostle Paul probably dealt with spiritual attacks every day and perhaps this is why he wrote, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” because “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:10-11), so by all means, be “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).
Christians are commanded to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (2nd Pet 3:18), but the author of Hebrews adds, “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God” (Heb 6:1), which means we are to grow up into the image of Christ into spiritual maturity, but it does take time.
If you did a simple word search for the word “help” in the Bible, you’ll find that it appears over 200 times, but 1/4th of those “help” verses are found in the Book of Psalms (58 times), which is more than three times as often as in any other book in the Bible. Maybe it was because David was in so much trouble in life, therefore he wrote that “the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless” (Psalm 10:14). Need spiritual help. Take a walk through the Book of Psalms, particularly Psalm 18.
Of ourselves, we are weak and frail, at least spiritually speaking, but God “gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29), just as Paul wrote that “the Lord stood by me and strengthened me” (2nd Tim 4:17). Jesus says, “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5), and Paul writes, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13), so we must realize we can’t do anything without Christ but only through Christ can we do anything.
Only God’s Spirit can bring spiritual healing and eternal life, however, this is fully a work of God, so none of us can brag about it (Eph 2:8-9). Before we were saved, Paul writes, “you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Eph 2:1-2), but now God has “made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph 2:5).
If we are not praying every day, we won’t be prepared for the spiritual warfare of the day, we won’t reach spiritual maturity, we won’t find the spiritual help we need or the spiritual strength to go on, so allow God to bring healing into your life, despite all the hurts. These are vital reasons we must pray every day!