Praying

Going to church

Reading our bibles

Fasting

Through our flesh, the devil can make these things seem like chores. He’ll make everything else seem exciting or more important. Have you ever wondered why these things feel like chores? Maybe Satan knows these things are helpful. Maybe he knows these things will stop his attacks. Maybe he knows these things will impact the Kingdom of God. If he can get us to see these things like chores, we’ll be more inclined to do them sporadically or not do them at all.

Once Satan can get prayer, attending church, and bible reading out of the way, he can easily influence us to do things his way. We’ll think we’re “woke” by agreeing with some articulate academic who sounds deep, but is saying things contrary to God’s word. We’ll think we’re justified for cursing that lady out when in actuality, we’re displaying a lack of self-control. We’ll think it’s okay to live together prior to marriage because it makes sense.

These “chores” are given to help us. For one, we’re spending time with our heavenly Father Who knows what’s best for us. Secondly, we’re strengthening our faith (Rom. 10:17). We’re guarding our hearts (Prov. 4:23). We’re getting direction (John 16:13). These are just a few things that benefit us when we do our chores.

Don’t allow the devil to deceive you out of what God has for you. Our flesh may see them as chores, but these are ingredients to an abundant life (Rom. 10:10).

Luke 18:1 NLT One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.