“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” (Ex 13:17)
In the Book of Exodus, after God brought His people out of Egypt, He led them thru a longer route because they were not ready to fight. The Philistines blocked the shorter path. God knew that is they face war they will run back to Egypt. That means they will cancel their deliverance by going back into bondage. What foolishness! Anyway, that was long ago. But even today, things are the same. Many Christians refuse to pay the price for spiritual maturity. They do not exercise how to pray successfully. They choose to remain ‘baby Christians’. Of course, children do not go to war. So, they decide to remain children. That is why they do not experience breakthrough and victory on a regular basis. This is the truth: Salvation is free because Jesus paid the price for it. But after you become born again, you must pay the price for spiritual growth! You must pay the price for each answer to your prayers, for each dream you want to come true. You need to learn how to stand in the victory purchased by Christ. You need to learn how to use the whole armor of God. You need to learn how to persevere in battle until the victory is yours.
Child of God, remember! God is with you! Christ is in you! God can never be on the side of that witch who is attacking you. God can never encourage or help a wicked man (or a woman) who takes delight in tempting you to backslide. God is on your side! If you learn how to pray warfare prayers, God will lead you thru shorter paths and your progress will be faster. Why waste time? Redeem it! One of the ways to redeem time and lost opportunities, is to pray warfare prayers until you possess your possessions! This is maturity! This is fruitful testimony! To the glory of God! Jesus is Lord!