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Dr. Ray Pritchard Christian Blog and Commentary

A Prayer for Spiritual Warriors

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard
    Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
  • 2007 Jun 25
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In preparing my first message on spiritual warfare, I ran across this prayer taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett.

O Lord,

I bless thee that the issue of the battle between thyself and Satan
      has never been uncertain,
      and will end in victory.

Calvary broke the dragon’s head,
     and I contend with a vanquished foe,
     who with all his subtlety and strength
     has already been overcome.
When I feel the serpent at my heel
     may I remember him whose heel was bruised,
     but who, when bruised, broke the devil’s head.

My soul with inward joy extols the mighty conqueror.

Heal me of any wounds received in the great conflict;
     if I have gathered defilement,
     if my faith has suffered damage,
     if my hope is less than bright,
     if my love is not fervent,
     if some creature-comfort occupies my heart,
     if my soul sinks under the pressure of the fight.

O thou whose every promise is balm,
     every touch life,
     draw near to thy weary warrior,
     refresh me, that I may rise again to wage the strife,
     and never tire until my enemy is trodden down.

Give me such fellowship with thee that I may defy Satan,
     unbelief, the flesh, the world,
     with delight that comes not from a creature,
     and which a creature cannot mar. 

Give me a draught of the eternal fountain
     that lieth in thy immutable, everlasting love and decree.

Then shall my hand never weaken,
     my feet never stumble,
     my sword never rest,
     my shield never rust,
     my helmet never shatter,
     my breastplate never fall,
As my strength rests in the power of thy might.  Amen. 

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