The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


February 22, 2014

Prayer bulks up the antlers

ENID, Okla. — Each fall, groups of male Alaskan bull moose gather to battle for dominance during breeding season.

They literally go head-to-head, their massive antlers crushing together as they collide and attack each other. Sometimes their antlers — a moose’s only weapon — get broken in the fight. Without antlers, defeat is inevitable. In the end, the moose with the biggest and strongest antlers is the one that triumphs in battle.

It’s what moose do to strengthen their antlers before the big fight that makes it so interesting. They eat. They are constantly eating.

Once fall arrives, a moose can do nothing to strengthen his antlers. It’s the moose that consistently eats the best diet that ends up being the strongest and best prepared for a guaranteed victory.

Those that don’t prepare by eating well end up with weaker antlers, with less strength and are, ultimately, defeated. So the battle, which is fought in the fall, is really won in the summer.

Point being … there is a valuable lesson we as believers can learn from the moose. Just as a moose needs to be in a constant state of preparation before battle by eating food that will build up his strength and make his antlers strong, so must we be in a constant state of preparation for the spiritual battles we face every day by building up our strength through continual prayer, obedience and meditation on God’s Word.

We must eat the Word daily, saints, we must pray without ceasing and we must do what God tells us to do.

Beloveds, the devil is real and on the constant look-out for someone to devour.

Stay alert. Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).”

How do we stay alert? By eating the Word, by praying. The disciples learned this early on and it stands true today: “We will give ourselves continually to prayer (Acts 6:4).”

They knew that they couldn’t afford to grow wary and discouraged in their prayer life because spiritual warfare is always brewing, and the devil is always lurking about.

The good news is, when we stay tuned into God and hearing His Word, (remember, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word), we are assured victory. “If God is for us, who can ever be against us? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us (Romans 8:31, 37).”

Winning our battle is as simple as asking the Captain of the Hosts what He wants us to do and then doing it! To get heavenly strategy, we need God’s playbook, the Bible. When we meet with God in prayer, we will received the battle plan and strength, as well (Read 2 Samuel 22:40 and Job 12:13).

There is no other way to defeat the devil and his tricks, accept through the reading of the Word and prayer.

God gives us His strength and His wisdom. He already has given us the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).” All we have to do to access that power and authority is stay connected to and abide in Him (John 15:1-7).

All the while we are in prayer, nourishing our spirit and meditating on the Word, God is bulking up our antlers, preparing us for battle and the day we go head-to-head with the devil.

Stuff happens, saints, even to good people. The devil is out to steal, kill and destroy. If he can, he will attack our health, destroy our career, crush our spirit, kill our dreams. He will totally annihilate us, if we let him. The good news is, there is plenty of nourishment in God’s Word to build our antlers and make them strong, giving us the victory.

Keep the Faith and worship somewhere today.

Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at or at (580) 548-8140.

Text Only
  • New dorm

    Breaking ground on a new dormitory at Northern Oklahoma College Enid is another step in the evolution of the campus.

    July 20, 2014 1 Story

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Stars in our eyes

    We caught the vision when, in May of 1961, John F. Kennedy told Congress, and the world, that the space race was no longer to be so one-sided.
    “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” he said.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • thumbs up logo.jpg Thumbs up for northwest Okla. communities, where net taxable sales figures are up

    Net taxable sales were up $1,917,774 in Enid, when compared to sales reported in July 2013. The increase amounted to a 2.6 percent increase in sales tax revenue for the city.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patsy Sorrels.tiff The key to God’s storehouse is in the giving

    Point being, there are a lot of hungry people out there who need to be fed the Bread of Life, and He needs to be served with a smile and a discerning heart.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Christy col. use clip.jpg Water, water everywhere?

    As Americans, we have taken water for granted far, far too long. We assume it will always be there, when we turn on the tap.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff’s office, emergency management get new home

    The sheriff’s office and emergency management office will move in October or November to the former Grady Robbins Army Reserve Center on Oxford. The building has been unused since 2011 when the Armed Forces Reserve Center opened at Vance Air Force Base.

    July 18, 2014

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Airline passengers should not be casualties of war

    Nowhere in the flight attendants’ patter did the word “missile” appear, and the chance their gleaming Boeing 777 would be brutally slapped from the sky likely never even appeared even as a niggling doubt lurking in the darkest corners of the passengers’ minds.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady Liberty_MD.jpg Statue of Liberty replica should be repaired, returned

    Maybe we could learn a little from past history. Most know the original national monument was given by the people of France in recognition to a friendship that bloomed during the American Revolution.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steps can be taken to prevent West Nile Virus

    Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, dizziness and muscle weakness, although in rare cases it can cause severe neurologic disease such as meningitis, paralysis or encephalitis. Some cases can be fatal.

    July 16, 2014

  • Will Rogers web.jpg Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 7-17-2014

    I get what the wheat farmers are sore at Hoover about. He wouldn’t let them hold up the people for bread during the war. Their excuse is that everybody else held us up, so why pick on them.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads