Written By Eric Morris Jr
If you’re a survivalist you know there are things that you must have in order to survive. If you’re a prepper you know the importance of having certain things that will get you through tough times and enable you to keep going. Tools, knowledge, skill, connections, resources…things that get you through any circumstance and condition.
What about qualities? What about certain traits of character that can get you through any circumstance or condition? It is important to cultivate and acquire skills and knowledge in this life, but without traits of character that will allow you to better utilize any earthly resource you have, and that can get you through difficult times in the absence of tools, any challenge you face will be many times harder to navigate and put you at risk for the challenge you face to overcome you and break you.
John Knox was a 16th century Protestant reformer in Scotland who is known for his prayer life. Mary Queen of Scots, who is also known as “Bloody Mary” because of her ruthless persecution of Protestant Christians during this time is reported to have said “I fear the the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe”.
Prayer and praying for certain qualities the Bible calls “the fruit of the Spirit” is something that will get you through anything and make any challenge beatable because of the foundation of a right attitude, heart, mind and soul. Combine these qualities and prayer with any tool or resource you could ever gain on this earth and you will be unstoppable with an indominable spirit that comes not from yourself but from King and Creator. This is being a survivalist above any other kind.
A Prayer based on Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirt is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Pray that you have love not only for family or friends but all those you come across. Pray that you can respond with love whether it be to love shown to you, criticism or hate. Pray that you have love overflowing for those you know and for the stranger. Pray that you may show love without hesitation and without condition. Pray that you may have an unlimited amount from which to draw.
Pray that you may recognize His hand in all situations and rejoice in this that the joy within you will spread to others. Pray for joy because of the blessings you have and for the lessons you’ve learned. Pray that your joy may be full so that you can help the joy of others to be full also.
Pray for peace within your heart that surpasses understanding. Pray for peace in the midst of storms and insurmountable odds because you know that He is with you. Pray for the peace that He gives to you to be imparted to others that you encounter.
Pray for patience and the spirit of endurance. Pray that you are longsuffering in dealing with circumstance, tribulation, challenge, and adversity. Pray for longsuffering and patience with all people and things that no matter the length of time it would feel like only a moment in time. Pray that the patience granted to you would be imparted and be a blessing to others.
Kindness, Goodness & Gentleness.
Pray to be meek. Pray to be kind, good and gentle but bold for the truth in all your ways. Pray to be kind in words, good in your thoughts and actions and gentle in your dealings with others. Pray that you may treat every person with the gentleness that you would want them to show to someone you care about. Pray for goodness in your soul that will always seek to do the right thing in heaven’s eyes and that doing good will always be at the forefront of your heart and mind so that good will prevail and not evil. Pray that these things placed in your heart will be shared and placed in the heart of others too.
Pray for the self control, discipline and a temperament that will bring about favor and blessings to you and those around you. Knowing that appropriate actions and works are evidence of the character and virtue approved of by heaven and displayed by a believer in Christ Jesus. Pray for this to be instilled in your body, mind and soul and to be granted the blessing of health, abundance and wisdom that He gives with such a character and to be an example to the world for His glory and honor.
Practice and pray for the faith to know and believe that everything you prayed for will be done according to His riches and for His glory. Pray for the faith without which it is impossible to please Him. Pray for faith unshakable, for faith that cannot be breached or broken down no matter what you face. Pray for a faith that makes angels rejoice, demons tremble and Him proud. Pray for a faith that will get you out of and through any circumstance, keeping you in His favor and inspiring others to have that same trust in Him.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Survive anything this world can throw at you with these qualities of the spiritual survivalist.