S.D. Gordon once said, “The greatest thing anyone can do for God or man is to pray. It is not the only thing but it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth are people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer, or those who explain what prayer is about but I mean those people who actually take the time to pray.” There is no question: prayer is where the battle is fought. In my opinion, it is the most arduous of all the spiritual disciplines. Our world is filled with great preachers but very few know how to pray. The devil does not fear our prayers unless they are passionate, specific and under the direction of the Holy Spirit. He does not want you to pray at all but if you pray, he will do his best to make it difficult for you.
First of all, he is going to use your flesh and its weakness against you. In the matter of prayer, I find that it helps to pray with others as much as possible. Jesus could pray all night but that would be difficult for us. It could be done however if we gathered with other believers that had a burden to pray. In prayer as in worship, the devil will try to get our focus on the horizontal. If he can get us to focus on the sins of others our prayers will sound like the Pharisee in Luke 18. Once he gets us at odds with our brother, all meaningful intercession ceases. He knows that no man can be powerful in prayer that despises his brother. If we say we have fellowship with God and yet we despise our brother, we are deceived and that is Satan’s objective to deceive. Have you ever tried to pray while you were angry of upset with your spouse. You can’t do it, not sincerely. If the devil can get you agitated and aggravated with others, he will neutralize your effectiveness in prayer.