From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“Disciplers and disciples should be forewarned that Satan will invade your prayer time, your time of intimacy with God.  Scripture clearly reveals that Satan attacked Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, when He was in the wilderness alone, having been led there by the Holy Spirit.  Satan also attacked Jesus near the end of His earthly ministry.  Jesus had to wrestle in prayer in thegardenofGethsemanewith the temptation to abandon His task, even as He saw the end in sight.  Satan’s attack seeks to draw your attention away from God to your circumstances, and ultimately to worship of him.

Disciples should recognize that nothing is sacred to Satan.  Satan does not respect the Holy; he does not respect our relationship to God.  Many disciples think that Satan will “declare a truce” when you pray and cease to attack you out of respect for you and God.  We are often deceived or taught falsely to believe that Satan fights fair or observes a certain “gentleman’s agreement” about our prayer life.  This is not true!

In the same manner that a robber has no respect for the integrity of a man’s house, Satan will seek to attack your mind while you pray, casting doubt that God is listening, showing illusions to get you to think your sins have not been forgiven, trying to intimidate you with lies.  The good soldier/disciple must always keep the over-all battle objectives in clear focus: the spreading of the gospel.  The disciple must also know and do the task assigned, do his/her part in the battle: stand and pray, pray without ceasing.”


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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