Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…. V. 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
There is opposition to the work of God and the cause of Christ in the earth. These forces are described as principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness (every darkness of this world has a demonic prince behind it), and spiritual wickedness in high places. These are hostile forces against us but they are defeated already by Jesus on the Cross. It is in prayer where we exercise the authority won by Jesus and enforce their defeat.
We have to continually pray against these forces to push back their warfare against the saints because they continually renew their attacks and yield only what they must. We wrestle against them in prayer from a position of victory and a superior spiritual position. Spiritually, we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, “21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all Eph 1:21-23.” “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus Eph. 2:6.” Very often in this wrestling, we are engaging the enemy, exercising authority, commanding, binding, and loosing in prayer that is often intense/loud. This doesn’t have to dominate all our praying and prayer times, but there is a time to flow in this dimension, not quenching the intensity the Holy Spirit may give rise to.
Some balance is needed in this because we believers can get into excess:
1.We should always emphasize the triumph of Jesus over Satan and our position of authority in Christ. We are already delivered and are not trying to get God to do something He’s already done. We are enforcing Satan’s defeat on the basis of our victorious position in Christ.
2. Another thought to keep in mind is that God the Father should be the primary focus in our prayer, not always the devil and demon powers.
3. Warfare type prayer or wrestling in prayer should not take the place of going forth with the Gospel, preaching it to dispel the darkness as Paul did in Acts 17. He didn’t go up on some mountain and pull down devils. He went right into the city and proclaimed Christ (as did Phillip in Samaria in Acts 8).