There are a few sins in my life that I constantly struggle with. I know that they have a negative effect on my walk with God and on my prayer life. I know this, and yet I continue to struggle.
The one that grieves me the most and wreaks havoc on my effectiveness is anger, along with an unhealthy dose of irritability. My fuse is short. It’s not something I’m proud of. I have written about my struggles with anger several times before, and while there are times of relative victory, I still have a long way to go.
At the end of Week 4 in Becoming a Prayer Warrior, Susan Evans talks about actively fighting sin. The sin she uses as an example from her own life is anger. The person she describes is me.
But there is victory!
I cannot begin to tell you how much joy and relief I already feel by reading this chapter. It is the most simple and biblical approach to the issue I’ve found, and trust me, I’ve read up a lot on anger! There’s personal responsibility, and there’s God’s work in us. There’s faith that He will answer our prayers for transformation. I wonder sometimes if that is the crux of my continued struggle with anger.
The plan of attack suggested doesn’t only apply to anger – it’s about all sin. Personal sin is a significant obstacle in or prayers. It is also a battle ground where earnest prayer is the weapon.
“Even though I still struggle with anger, I am able to re-establish habits of righteousness so that I can have seasons of triumph.”
Susan shares specific ways she battled with anger herself and how God transformed her. However, here is the generalized approach that I gleaned from the chapter.
- Identify the sin problem and the heart issue behind it
- Determine to wage war against it, asking God for wisdom and transformation
- Ask God to bring it to your attention every time you sin
- Ask Him what needs to be done to overcome it
- Draw on the Holy Spirit in the moment when trials and temptations hit
- Practice godly responses
- Persist through setbacks
If Becoming a Prayer Warrior were a paperback book, I’d wear out the pages. This is true especially for this chapter, Actively Fighting Sin. Today I’m waging war against anger in my life, and I cannot wait to see what God has for me in this!
What sin in your life needs to be attacked full on? How might God’s work in this area change your prayer life?
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