Often we pray about what we want. We can spend 30 minutes in prayer without once praying about what God wants. We pray about money troubles, car troubles, people troubles, while forgetting that people around us are in pain.
This week I am praying a lot about being ready. God is really answering that prayer for me this week. It is very likely in His will. He wants me to be ready to go to war with drinking/drugs and to do His will. I am focusing constantly on that prayer. I am getting answers to that prayer.
Second, be ready with a plan for what you will do later today. If _______ happens, you will _________. When this _________ type of temptation happens you will ___________.
Third, consider having a two-way, or three-part plan of exactly what to do when temptation gets severe. Then “instantly” start doing it when you get overwhelmed. If you think about it for a bit, you allow satan to join the battle in full force. That is a bad idea.
Today, pray about what God wants you to do, and plan exactly what to do when temptation hits. It is the only way to win.
Satan will be right there fighting with you if you are determined to replace what he wants you to do with new activities.
Pray: “Father, help me to get active.”
Satan is even more upset if you decide that sin is the problem.
Pray: “Father, show me how fighting sin will improve my life.”
Psalms 23 starts: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Wow! When we do things God’s way we will not “want” for anything.
Satan says to skip your daily Bible reading, skip going to church. But if you listen to him you start to cut God’s promises out of the Bible. One after another.
Satan reminds you that you struggle to spend time in prayer. Here is what to do if you are determined to learn how to pray, but the truth is – you have no idea how to do it. Read a chapter in the Bible. Pray about it or anything on your heart. Read one article from this site, pray about it for 5 minutes. Read another article from here, pray 5 minutes, read Christian books or articles, pray 5 minutes about them, rinse and repeat for an hour.
Five-star spiritual activities are spectacular for quitting. These include daily Bible study, prayer, getting together with other believers, studying quitting techniques, and helping others. Make it a priority to do your spiritual activities first. Then, make it a priority to add practical activities. For most people, both are needed.