The forces of hell will do anything to keep us from praying.
Satan tells lies to keep us from praying. He uses pleasures and misinformation and our laziness to keep us from praying. He uses false teachers and busy schedules and great television to keep us from praying.
He also has been known to use truth.
As odd as it seems, the dark prince does not hesitate to speak the truth if it will make us think we shouldn’t pray.
Here are ten true statements Satan uses to put a stop to the most powerful force in the world, the prayers of God’s people…
1–God already knows what you need. (So, no point in asking, he says.)
2–You are unworthy.
3–You are weak.
4–Your faith is small.
5–You have no idea whether God will answer your prayers or not.
6–You’re only one person. (True, says Satan, and so what good will your prayers be?)
7–You don’t know how to pray.
8–Your sins can block your prayers.
9.–When all is said and done, you still cannot prove that what happened was an answer from God.
10.–Faith is hard and difficult to identify.
He’s right, of course. But those statements–while biblical and completely accurate–don’t tell the whole story.
Let’s take a quick look at each of those ten “true” statements….