Today continues a series of 7 daily posts that will allow you to Survive and Thrive in your divorce recovery process. It will be available on the YouVersion Bible App eventually, but I wanted to share it with all of you first. May it be the blessing I pray it needs to be for you.
I am not sure exactly where or when I heard someone pray this prayer. I first prayed it when I started my divorce healing process, and I pray it over my family every morning to this day.
Repeat after me:
“Jesus, may every scheme, device, and attack of the enemy against me(family, job, situation, etc) be brought to light and thwarted at every turn!!”
It focuses on three ways the enemy affects us in our process. It calls to how we need God’s power to move forward.
scheme — a plan, an underhanded plot (the enemy’s plan)
attack — onslaught, assault (the enemy’s battle against us)
It also focuses on two desired and specific actions we need God’s help to handle the scheme, device and attack coming our way.
be brought to light — illumination, awareness
thwarted — to oppose successfully, frustrate or baffle, prevent from accomplishing a purpose
So, here is what the prayer is really saying:
“God, whatever plans the enemy has, whoever or whatever he wants to use to fulfill that plan, and whatever battle he has prepared for me; make me fully aware of it and make it totally unsuccessful against me.”
What a powerful prayer. You are asking God to make sure you see every plan, weapon, and attack from the enemy, and that He makes sure it is not successful!!
It took me years to finally see the power behind these words. Now I can have faith knowing that God will warn me and allow me to see what I am going through. He gives me the faith to know that He is watching out for me. What the enemy means for harm, God will make sure it works out for good.
Pray this prayer every day and in every situation. Watch your faith gain strength. Watch how God protects you as you stop wondering how to prepare and learn to fight your current battle and those yet to come.
20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
11 “He dams up the streams from flowing, And what is hidden he brings out to the light.”
12 But you will not go out in haste, Nor will you go as fugitives;
For the Lord will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.