Listen to my prayer, O God.
…Confuse them, Lord, and frustrate their plans (the wicked),
for I see violence and conflict in the city. Psalm 55:9 (NLT)
Just recently, something has caused me a little angst. It’s a decision someone is considering, something that could prove harmful. Something that doesn’t align with what I believe to be good and right according to scripture’s teaching.
In response, I’ve repeatedly prayed, “Lord, please frustrate the enemy’s plans.”
I know the enemy’s tactics. So deceitful, cunning.
I know the enemy’s appearance. Disguised as an angel of light, a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Masterminding a strategy to outdo the pseudo-sheep isn’t an easy task. Before I know it, I can get lured into his way of thinking, choose to respond poorly. Until the Lord flips on the light of His word in my head and illuminates the Truth.
And I know the enemy’s temperament.
He is filled with fury because he knows that his time is short. Revelation 12:12b
A little while and the wicked will be no more… Proverbs 37:10a
Can’t say that I blame him for being filled with fury. If a holy figure shadowed over me, tapping their watch to alert me that time was running out,
But therein lies one of the enemy’s greatest weaknesses. He is in a terrific rush, coupled with reckless thinking. And therefore – yay, home team! – it gives me an effective prayer strategy.
“Lord, please frustrate the enemy’s plans.”
He’s already working against a ticking time bomb. And scooping up victims, leveling destruction to beat the clock.
“…for I see violence and conflict in the city.”
(Like, can you say Paris, France?)
But whether it’s an issue here within the backyard of my own heart or one that carries the weight of worldwide concern involving mass numbers and bloodshed, I’ve asked the Lord to frustrate the furious.
The counter-response to a hot-headed, frustrated, and furious enemy is to be a patient and praying warrior.
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18
Then toss in a sense of humor…
The Lord laughs at the wicked, for He knows their day is coming. Proverbs 37:13
Yeah, it may fan the flames of fury when God frustrates the plans of the furious one (who’s already bugged by an annoying ticking sound in his ear) –
Heaven knows, I love a good laugh 🙂