Spiritual warfare is prayer and listening to God. This is not a call to arms, it is a call to quiet. Quiet Christianity has three words that begin with P–prayer, petition, passive. Prayer must be in secret, hence quiet. Petition the Father for what you need. Passive waiting on God is the hardest thing to do. It requires trust, faith, and perseverance.
Christians everywhere will do well to return to basics and listen to the teachings of Jesus.
Noisy Christianity involves preaching, protesting, and political activity. Let’s go on a mission. Let’s start a building fund. Let’s knock on doors. Let’s preach to the homeless. Let’s protest abortions. Let’s organize so we can be more effective.
This noise can be detrimental to the outreach effort that is poured into it. We must be sure that God is leading us.
Psalm 127:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.
Let us slow down and spend more time in quiet.
Kingdom principles and the prayer closet
Jesus contrasted noisy religious people to quiet devoted people. He shows that praying in public with fanfare promotes the ego of that person and does not represent true spirituality.
Matthew 6:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Secret prayer is not secret to God but results in a public reward. Secret prayer also involves quiet listening. The psalmist says to be still. . .
Psalm 46:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Because we take the time to get to know the Master’s voice, we receive provision and safety from Him.
John 10:27-29 King James Version (KJV)
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Advancing the kingdom
Spiritual warfare is needed because we live in a fallen world. Through sin it has been dominated by Satan. In order to win the kingdom of God back for God, we must get on our knees and pray. Quiet prayer is the violence that takes it back by force.
Matthew 11:12-15 New International Version (NIV)
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.