It seems a little silly to talk about here but Rev and I have an enemy that is conspiring against us.
No matter how hard I try or what I do to deter them, we have some squirrels chewing branches off the shrubbery and attempting to build a cozy little den at the top of our front porch.
It’s okay. I know you’re giggling a little. I’d laugh too. But this has turned into an all-out war. I knock down the branches and spray the bushes with a nasty-tasting mixture and after a day or so . . . they’re back and making a mess of things.
People or critters it doesn’t matter—when we know individuals or groups of individuals are conspiring against us . . . we get disturbed, distressed, and yes, we even get angry.
One of my favorite things about studying the Psalms is taking a closer look at the writers’ openness and honesty with God. They didn’t just pray pretty phrases filled with praise. They readily expressed their feelings . . . the good and the not-so-good.
Psalm 64 begins like this…
O God, listen to my complaint.Psalm 64:1–2
Protect my life from my enemies’ threats.
Hide me from the plots of this evil mob,
from this gang of wrongdoers.
He’s saying . . . Lord, look at this. Hear my grievance. People are conspiring against me and I’m upset.
They sharpen their tongues like swordsPsalm 64:3, 5–6
and aim their bitter words like arrows.
They encourage each other to do evil
and plan how to set their traps in secret.
“Who will ever notice?” they ask.
As they plot their crimes, they say,
“We have devised the perfect plan!”
Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.
The enemy of our souls is always conspiring against us. He uses problems and people to set traps for us because he believes that he’ll be able to catch us in a weak moment and we’ll give in and sin. And sometimes we do.
So, every night, Rev and I ask God to protect us from the evil one’s efforts against us.
Through our Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught the disciples and all of us to pray…
Don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Or as most of us learned it…
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.Matthew 6:13 NLT & KJV
We need the Spirit’s help to stay strong and not give in when the enemy and those who are doing his bidding conspire against us. We need to run to God in prayer and put on the armor He gives us so that we can fight our spiritual battles with the truth that VICTORY ALREADY BELONGS TO GOD!
Then we can say with confidence…
In my distress I prayed to the Lord,Psalm 118:5–6
and the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
A Prayer for Strength When They’re Conspiring Against Me
Father, the enemy of souls is conspiring against us. He is constantly working to tempt us and those around us to give in to the sins he knows will make a mess of our lives. He uses our weaknesses and our desires against us as he tempts us to turn our focus away from Your will to his enticements. Please forgive us. Please forgive me.
Please, by the power of Your Spirit, help me put on the armor You have provided for me. May I be wrapped in Your truth. May I be filled with Your peace. May my faith be so strong that it places a shield before me to withstand temptation. May I be fully covered by Your saving grace through Jesus. And may I fight each battle with the power of Your Word.
Please surround me with Your angel warriors and protect my mind and heart. Give me all that I need to fight every spiritual battle and rescue me from the evil one.
I thank you for Jesus who rescued me from satan and I thank you for the Spirit who gives and preserves my faith. Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. I love you, Lord. Amen.
I want to be as strong and faithful against the conspiring of the enemy of my soul as I am determined to fight those frustrating little squirrels. But I know I need help.
You and I need the Lord to help us live in the freedom Jesus won for us. We need Him to shelter us and help us do what is “right.”
And then . . . we will rejoice and praise.
The godly will rejoice in the LordPsalm 64:10
and find shelter in Him.
And those who do what is right
will praise Him.
May the Lord bless you and help you stand strong when the enemy conspires against you.
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