This letter, as most, deals with more than one subject. Satan is a master at using the distraction whether it be in our praying or our living. Satan can use erotic love, prosperity, pleasure and a number of other things to distract a man so that he thinks much more about earth than heaven. Although Satan uses distractions, he does not want us to understand that we are being distracted. If we understand that he is behind the distraction, he loses his advantage.
There are a couple of things that really drive Satan mad. First there is the matter of obedience. Satan hates obedience to Christ. If you want drive the devil up a wall, just be an obedient believer. He loathes those who are obedient to Christ.
Secondly, he loathes and fears believers who pray. Any sincere pray offered by believers bothers Satan. He does not want us praying. Bad prayers, good prayers, short prayers, long prayers, any prayer is bad as far as the devil is concerned. He does not mind us talking about prayer, reading books on prayer so long as we don’t pray. His approach is to discourage us from prayer by raising an endless number of questions that we cannot answer.
How does prayer work? Why would an infinite God who dwells in eternity listen the prayer of a finite human in time? If God is sovereign, how can our prayer affect His will? How can He listend to thousands of us praying at the same time? How in the world can the human prayer of today affect the weather of tomorrow? I have answers to none of the above questions. Prayer is a mystery. It is something that we are to do in spite of the fact that we do not understand how it works. One does not have to understand the dynamics of electricity to cut on a light. Do I really know how to pray? Do I understand prayer? No, but I will pray anyway and every day. Don’t let Satan keep your from prayer. He will do everything he can to keep you out or your prayer closet.
Jesus was much better at prayer than you or I because He could see both worlds, the visible and the invisible. The spiritual world and the physical world have the same creator and it is the Creator who established the laws that govern creation. He made prayer one of the primary spiritual laws. God has the ability to see us in the future but He also sees us in the present, the now. Every prayer we pray has eternal significance. I don’t understand what I just said but it is the law of prayer, “Ask and you shall receive”. I did not create the law. The Creator has written prayer into his plan. Whether we understand the law or not is insignificant: to put the law into practice is the key.