Whether we like it or not; believe it or not; expect it or not; there is something called an evil day.
An evil day is not a literal 24-hour day. Rather, an evil day is a season where the believer experiences an unusually intense assault from Satan.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” —- Ephesians 5:16
Whether we stand or fall in an evil day depends hugely on what we do prior to and during that season.
Let’s see 2 examples from Jesus and what He did when he entered a season of heightened assault from the enemy.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil…. Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. (Mathew 4:1 and Luke 4:2).
We see that Jesus entered a season of spiritual assault by the devil. The Holy Spirit actually orchestrated this plan. But what was the response of Jesus? He chose to fast (and obviously pray). The fasting and prayer was his response to a season of spiritual assault. No wonder He successfully dealt with the temptations that came against Him and returned from the wilderness with power.
In another season of brutal assault in the life of Jesus when He was pressed between doing God’s will and giving in to the flesh, His response was to pray.
He walked away, perhaps a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed this prayer: “Father, if you are willing, please take away this cup of horror from me. But I want your will, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him,for he was in such agony of spirit that he broke into a sweat of blood, with great drops falling to the ground as he prayed more and more earnestly. (Luke 22: 41-44 TLB).
In a time of great distress, our response must be prayer. In prayer, we receive inner strength to go through the season and to come out on the other side with power and glory and increased spiritual ranking. Without prayer, we will succumb to temptation/pressure and give up.
Prayer opens us up to the vast resources of the Father. Through prayer, we access divine strength to persevere and even be joyful in the face of crises. Without prayer, we deny ourselves of this ministry of the Spirit.
Consider Paul’s sound advice in Ephesians 6…
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— – Ephesians 6:13 &18
May we learn to tap into the supply of grace and strength by the Spirit through prayer. May we go through tough seasons with strength and joy and when it is over, may we still be standing strong with greater levels of glory, spiritual ranking and power in Jesus mighty Name.