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Post-Prayer Satanic Whispers

Post-Prayer Satanic Whispers

“…and forgive my sins. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Within seconds the wicked whispers start.

“Too short.”

“Too shallow.”

“Too distracted… again.”

“Missed out her, and him, and them…”

“Yawn. Nothing new to say?”

“You call that a prayer?”

“Not enough faith… not enough passion… not enough anything.”

“You don’t actually believe that made a difference, do you?”

“You’ll probably not even think about prayer for the rest of the day”

And on, and on, and on it goes.

Relentless, cruel, malicious, satanic whispers that begin the second I end my morning prayer with, “Amen.”

Anyone else get that? It’s so discouraging, isn’t it. I mean, why pray if all you get at the end of it is an even heavier feeling of guilt and failure? Prayer should be a delight not a dread.

I’d really welcome your own input on this, but here’s how I try to fight back, silence the whispers, and turn prayer into a soul-refreshing delight again.

  1. God has forgiven me all my sins—even my sinful prayers.
  2. Jesus is perfecting my prayers and presenting them absolutely flawless to my Heavenly Father.
  3. My salvation does not depend on my prayers but on Jesus’ prayers.
  4. My Heavenly Father listens even to the raven’s ugly grating squawks (Ps. 147:9) and gives it food; how much more will he hear and answer the ugly grating squawks of one of His children?
  5. God delights in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy (Ps 147:9).
  6. God knows I’m a limited creature who cannot possibly pray for everyone every day.
  7. Surely the Devil would simply leave me alone if my prayers were really so pathetic and useless.
  8. Just because my children don’t (can’t) tell me everything about their lives doesn’t make me love them less, nor does it reflect a lack of love on their part.
  9. But maybe best of all, “You, Satan, are going to be crushed under my feet shortly” (Rom. 16:20).

Join the Conversation

Anyone have any more armor or weapons to fight this battle with? Any effective rebuttals or even pre-buttals?

Note: This article was first posted at David Murray’s Head, Heart, Hand blog and is re-posted with permission. You can also read the original post at David’s blog at Post-Prayer Satanic Whispers.

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  • mrspriceisright

    Thank you!!  This was very encouraging and hit the spot!

  • Tamarabarbin

    Yes, I fell asleep once when I was praying. When I woke up I felt so guilty and just awful. I told the Lord that I was sorry and asked for his forgiveness. It definitely can mess with your head. You are right though, because satan will try and entertain thoughts…or as you said whispers in our heads to make us feel worthless at anything and everything we are in Gods eyes…thank you for your insights that can always be used for his glory.

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