40 Days of Prayer: Overcoming The Spirits of Discouragement & Distraction

Greetings Beloveds,

In Ezra Chapters 4-6, we see the children of Israel making progress in Jerusalem, rebuilding the temple of God.  However, the enemy rose up accusations against the children of Israel to King Darius – halting the progress of rebuilding the temple for about 16 years.

In Ezra 4:4

“Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah, and frightened them from building.”   

In life and in ministry, the enemy will often use discouragement to frustrate your purpose and cause you to abandon your assignment. If you are discouraged today, look up!  Yeshua is our hope.  He revives our broken spirits.  He puts back the pieces of shattered dreams and broken lives.  He strengthens us for the journey and empowers us to fullfill our purpose.

What is Discouragement?

The word discourage means, “to deprive of confidence.”  The enemy is after our confidence in God.    When problems or pressures overwhelm us, we often experience depression, which drains us of spiritual, emotional, and physical strength. When this happens, we often experience a crushed spirit leaving us with no desire or energy to fulfill our God given purpose. 

Why Do We Become Discouraged?

In this fallen world, discouragement and disappointment are emotions that we will experience.  However when these emotions arise, we must take care of our wellbeing by re-setting our focus on God.  The enemy brings discouragement to distract our focus from God and His kingdom purpose.  When the children of Israel were rebuilding the temple, the enemy sent accusations against them to disrupt the purpose of God. 

In regards to dealing with discouragement brought on by the enemies lies and accusations…. Some intercessors call this type of discouragement the Leviathan Spirit (Job 41:1).  Leviathan is the “twisting serpent.”  This spirit is rooted in pride and its assignment is to crush the spirit.  The leviathan spirit operates by causing division through twisting communication, through accusations, misunderstandings, and utter chaos.  This all leads to quarrels, separation, and isolation.  Believe me… You will know when you have encountered this type of discouragement.  We must always pray aggressively against the spirit of Leviathan. 

How To Overcome Discouragement?

Take courage today that He who began a good work in you shall complete it.   “I am sure of this very thing—that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the Day of Yeshua Messiah.”  (Philippians 1:6)

  • When we are discouraged – PRAY
  • When we are physically or emotionally exhausted – get some REST
  • When we are frustrated – LOOK UP
  • When we experience failure – BE FLEXIBLE
  • When we are afraid – LOVE – Perfect love casts out fear – (1 John 4:18)
  • When are feeling vulnerable – BE ACCOUNTABLE
  • When we feel uneasy – STAY HUMBLE
  • When we are unsure – SEEK GODLY COUNSEL
  • When we feel defeated – STAY ON YOUR FACE BEFORE GOD
  • When we are in doubt – BELIEVE

Understanding and Overcoming Distraction – by Freddie Ahiable

The Greek word for distraction is “aperispastos;” it means to draw away. Distraction is a drawing away of the attention from an original position, goal, purpose, direction, association, or interest. Joshua used this strategy against the men of Ai.

Joshua 8:15-19

“Joshua and all Israel let themselves be driven back before them, and they fled toward the desert. All the men of Ai were called to pursue them, and they pursued Joshua and were lured away from the city.…Joshua held out his javelin toward Ai. As soon as he did this, the men in the ambush rose quickly from their position and rushed forward. They entered the city and captured it and quickly set it on fire.”

The devil is using the same strategy against us. He wants to draw you away from your city of strength. He may lead you to believe that you are doing good and actually winning the war but before you realize what’s happening you could find yourself too weak to resist a concentration of his forces against you. There are seven spiritual things that you need to do to maintain your spiritual strength. The enemy’s job is to distract you from giving your attention to these things so that you can become weak and fall to his temptations.

What are these seven areas that the enemy will often work through distraction?

  1. Distraction from prayer (Matthew 26:36-46)
  2. Distraction from attending Church (Hebrews 10:35)
  3. Distractions in Church (things that keeps you from benefiting from the service)
  4. Distraction from reading and hearing the Word (Luke 10:38-41)
  5. Distraction from Understanding the Word (2 Corinthians 3:12-18)
  6. Distraction from ministry (Acts 6:1-4
  7. Distraction from Speaking the Word (be bold and speak aloud to the mountains)

How to Overcome Distraction

Let Yeshua be the focal point of your life:

Philippians 3:13-14

…But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Yeshua.”

Prayers to Overcome Distraction and Discouragement

In the MIGHTY name of Yeshua:

  1. I loose confusion against every demonic conspiracy against my life.
  2. Let the secret counsel of the wicked be turned into foolishness.
  3. Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues (Psalm 55:9).
  4. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. The gates and plans of hell shall not prevail against me.
  5. I overcome every strategy of hell against my life.
  6. Every strategy of hell is exposed and brought to light.
  7. I receive the plans of God for my life, thoughts of peace and not evil to bring me to an expected end.
  8. I am delivered from every satanic trap and plot against my life.
  9. I release the whirlwind to scatter those who would conspire against me.
  10. Let those who devise my hurt be turned back and brought to confusion.
  11. I bind and rebuke every spirit of Sanballat and Tobiah in the name of Yeshua (Nehemiah 6:1–6).
  12. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked (Psalm 64:2

Continue to pray in the natural and in your prayer language. Pray specifically regarding areas in your life where you have faced discouragement and distraction.

Worship Experience: “Awesome” by Paul Wilbur

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