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Father, we thank You for fighting our battles for us. We ask for strength, courage, and perseverance, God, so that we can fight those battles alongside You in worship and prayer.

Spiritual battles are being waged all around us. Not only for our nation, but in our lives personally. The question is are we seeing victory? Are you seeing victory?

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Over the years, I have won battles in the natural realm that had to be waged and won first in the spiritual realm. This has included areas such as health issues, infertility, betrayal in business, finances, the desire for a house—multiple areas in which breakthroughs came. However, we’ve all had prayers that didn’t seem to receive an answer.

Why Lord? I asked my heart hurting for areas in which people have been contending for years.

The Lord spoke to me, “The battle may be won, but you must win the battle.” That means, although He has done His part, we must do our part.

I’m in a battle right now that God has confirmed the victory, however, until I see the manifestation, I am not backing off. I continue to praise, rejoice and pray regarding the situation as we pull the answer from Heaven to Earth. I’m contending until I see the manifestation.

In order to win a battle in the spiritual realm, we must first have the Word of God as our foundation. We cannot stand for a victory if we don’t have a promise that victory is ours. Each time I have experienced a battle, I have spent time with the Lord at the beginning to receive a scripture. This is my word from Him on which I can stand. Once He speaks it to me, I refuse to let it go.

Our battle with infertility was one such battle. So was a situation we had with a real estate transaction in which the seller refused to honor the contract. It got so bad, it almost sent us into bankruptcy. In both of those situations, the answer to our prayers did not come overnight. We had to contend for the answer. In fact, my husband and I had to continue to contend when we were told “it is impossible.”

In those moments what are you going to believe? We chose to believe the Word that with God nothing is impossible.

The Bible is full of promises to us:

  1. By the stripes of Jesus we were healed (I Peter 2:24).
  2. He supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory (Phil 4:19).
  3. He contends with those who contend with us (Is 49:25 and Ps 35:1).
  4. He will vindicate us (Is 54:17).

It is only on His promises that we can have the confidence to stand. Whether you receive a specific scripture from the Lord to you or not, His Word is true. Even so, answers to prayer don’t always come immediately. In fact, more often than not we have to contend for the fulfillment of those promises. That is where we develop our spiritual muscles to not only receive the promise but to keep hold of it.

Are you contending right now? Are you growing weary? As we battle for personal issues and as a nation, if we grow weary and let go, we won’t see the fulfillment. That can create anger and/or disappointment with God. But we have to remember God doesn’t change. He is always faithful. So we have to look back at ourselves. The key to answered prayer is learning how to press in for our answer.

When we don’t see our victory Satan comes to discourage us. He may tell you it is because you lacked faith. Or worse, he will send someone across your path to say that to you. (That’s always helpful, right?) But is it a faith issue? Ask God. Perhaps it is and you need to strengthen your faith. But perhaps you are just still in the contending phase of the battle. Perhaps you need to forgive someone in order to release the answer. The key is don’t give up.

We must learn to win these battles for ourselves. It is great when we can have a minister pray for us. But more importantly, we need to remember we can go directly to God for our answer. And especially in the day in which we live, we must learn to do that. Otherwise, a victory gained through someone else’s faith is usually a victory that cannot be retained or maintained. Because at the first sign of a new struggle, our faith begins to struggle as well. It is essential that we learn to take our Promise Land ourselves.

I want to encourage you, wherever you are at in your battle, that God’s Word says the battle is ours. Remember when the Israelites came out of the wilderness, He told them to take possession of their Promise Land.

See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them (Deut 1:8 NIV).

Although the Lord had given the land to them, they still had to battle the giants in the land. God didn’t just hand it over to them. In some cases, they battled victoriously. In others they allowed giants to remain in the land with them. That’s never a good idea as that means that there will be ongoing challenges. There was a reason God told them to destroy their enemies.

Put into present day, we need to remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of darkness. Those are the enemies we need destroy so that they cannot arise again. When we battle through and win in the spirit realm, the natural realm will follow.

While it might seem easier, there is no guaranteed five-step or ten-step solution to obtain victory in your battle. Every battle will be different. What the Holy Spirit tells you in one battle, doesn’t mean it is the solution to the next one. That is why each time we must go into His Presence to receive the battle plan and the Word on which we are to stand.

And once we have it, we are to contend for it.

I remember as I was standing by faith to have children, with each one God brought the answer in a different manner. With our second child, He specifically told us not to pursue medical intervention, although we had with our first child. Why? I believe it was teaching us how to win battles by the Spirit.

A minister had come to town who had a “success rate” of praying for people with fertility issues. I told my husband, “I’m going and I’m not leaving until I get prayed for.” I was contending for my miracle. At the service, the woman and her husband taught and then ministered to the congregation calling out numerous areas for healing. But not infertility. The service was closing. My husband turned and said, “We should go.”

“I’m not leaving until she prays for me,” I said resolutely.

Others were mingling around us talking. Most people had left, but the minister was still praying for a few. I refused to leave. A few minutes later she spoke the words I had been waiting for, “If you are believing to have children, come forward.”

I went quickly to the front along with three other women. I don’t know if they received their miracle, but I did. As she prayed over us she prophesied to all of us the same thing, “You will bare a child before the end of the year with a delivery of four hours or less.” It was already February. You can do the math…it didn’t give God much time to do His work. But it was more than enough.

Our daughter was born in December that year in a delivery of 3.5 hours. I laughed at God’s goodness as we had already chosen her name four years before—Holly. People thought it was because she was born in December. It was actually a prophetic promise.

If you are standing for a breakthrough, let me encourage you, the battle is already won—but you must press in to take hold of that victory. God has done His part. Be encouraged that He will take hold with you as you do yours.

He said He watches over His Word to perform it. That is His promise to us. He has said the battle is won—now let’s go win it.

Father, teach us how to contend in prayer and not grow weary. As we come before You with the Word of God, You said You watch over Your Word to perform it. And so having done all to stand, we continue to stand that You are faithful and true and that whatsoever things we ask when we pray, as we believe You, we will receive the answers.

What battles are you facing? How are you praying over them? Share your thoughts and prayers below.

Karen Hardin is a literary agent and writer. She is the author of “Infected: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanity” and “God’s Justice after Injustice.” Her work has been published in USA Today, Western Journal, World Net Daily, Intercessors for America, Charisma, CBN.com and more. Click here for how to receive a free copy of “How to Overcome Adverse Situations” prayer guide. Photo Credit: Fa Barboza on Unsplash.

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Linda
August 10, 2022

Thank you for your article to help me pray.
My husband had a stroke on Wednesday August 3rd. He is paralyzed and numb on his left side from his mouth and throat to his toes. He has a feeding tube, problems with urination and diarrhea with a bag. He is taking antibiotics as a precaution because he has had a fever but they think it could be from the brain swelling because they have not found an infection.
We thank God for the healing He has begun even though we can’t see much yet, and hope and pray for a complete recovery.
My husband has to medically stable, be able to have the feeding tube out, the bowels under control, and be able to withstand 3 continuous hours of therapy to be able to move to rehab.
Thank you and may God bless
you for your prayers!

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Linda
August 8, 2022

Praying for peace with my sister as we walk through dividing my mother’s house between us. It’s complicated because my sister is living in the house and is aggresively demanding that I sign it over to her. Our family could really use the money right now.

    Karen Hardin
    August 8, 2022

    Praying peace into this situation for your home, family and sibling relationships. One of my friends, a Christian and a lawyer, wrote the book “Love’s Way: Living peacefully as Your Parent’s Age.” which I highly recommend. It would be great if your sister would read it, but even if not, it will bring peace and insight to you as the author discusses the importance of things to do both spiritually and legally.

    Father, I pray over Linda that she will receive her inheritance due her and it will not be stolen, but also that her relationship with her sister would remain at peace and loving. We ask that You enter into this situation and bring wisdom and insight in Jesus’ name.

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Linda
August 8, 2022

Praying that my 5 children will turn to God and have a vital relationship with Him.
Praying for the healing of my body, especially with joint issues
Praying that my already good marriage will continue to grow in intimacy and understanding

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MaryJo Coleman
August 7, 2022

What an amazing article, and prayer for her baby!!! This is a profound truth that we all need to grab hold of and hang on to – the horns of the altar – until we get the answer that the Lord wants us to battle for! Thank you Karen for being so transparent and cheering us on!

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Debbie Herold
August 6, 2022

I have a prayer need for God to open up affordable housing for me. My daughter has asked me to move out of the room I rent from her. Housing here is slim and very unaffordable. I am trusting God to open a way for me to find my home. God bless!

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    Bobhuseby
    August 7, 2022

    Debbie I stand shoulder to shoulder with you this day and claim your situation is resolved ! God will provide th perfect place for you to live and better than before! In Jesus mighty name we pray and believe!

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    Karen Hardin
    August 8, 2022

    Father I lift up Debbie and this need for affordable housing. Just as you supplied for my husband and I time and time again in this area, I thank you that You will provide for Debbie as well. Thank you that You can open doors no man can shut and guide her steps to places not yet even on the market. I pray favor upon her and provision for You said You would supply all our needs according to Your riches in glory.

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Barbara Janicki
August 6, 2022

Yes and Amen! Thank you for this encouragement and reminder that although God is always faithful to do His part – we have to persevere, to contend as you say, we have to obey and do the part He has given us to do which is to “pray without ceasing” and to “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” We are also told, “not to grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” I confess, I so often grow weary in prayer when I do not see the results I desire. That is precisely the time I need to continue to contend rather than allow doubt and discouragement to enter in and prevent me from continuing to pray. Lord, may You find me faithful, may You find me contending for the faith and continuously contending in prayer for others, for my church, for my country and for Your world and all who inhabit it. http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

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Andrea S.
August 6, 2022

Dear Father in heaven please hear our cries for our country of the United States of America:
You have said “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
“Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. He has made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown. I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.” Psalm 7:14-17
“Oh righteous God Who searches the minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure. Our shield is God Most High who saves the upright in heart.” Psalms 7:9-10 NIV
In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

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    Darlene Estlow
    August 6, 2022

    Thank you. Tremendous verses to walk in for our nation as we wait to see the victory!

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Sue Tracy
August 6, 2022

Lord the world around us heading for disaster in so many ways; we ask that your will would be done, help us accept and be obedient as you move. You make all things new—come Lord Jesus heal and restore us.

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Joey
August 6, 2022

I am in the midst of a big battle right now and have been staggered by the challenge. This article is exactly what I needed. How you have blessed me, Karen! Thank you

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    Karen Hardin
    August 8, 2022

    PTL!! Praying for you that you will run and not be weary, walk and not faint and see your victory as we have seen ours.

Joseph DeLong
August 6, 2022

I will continue to pray. Claiming Psalm 91 and Revelation 12:11 “they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (NKJ).

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Brooke Townsend
August 6, 2022

Thank you, Lord God, for all the amazing break-throughs that you have done in our lives this past summer. So many times I give up too soon or think “it’s impossible”, forgetting that with You ALL things are possible. Help me to remember to go to You for the battle plan (what a great reminder) and then be obedient. I love you, Lord Jesus. You are our unfailing & faithful God.

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Gail Edwards
August 6, 2022

Father, I pray hear my cries for restoration in my family for healing relationships. Let there be love and peace in Jesus name. I pray for grace to hold on. It’s been almost a year. I know You are working Father. I praise You for all You have done and are doing. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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