The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 22, 2014

Prayer bulks up the antlers

By Patsy Sorrels, columnist
Enid News and Eagle

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 psorrels@enidnews.com or at (580) 548-8140.