All of us have our struggles. It’s part of our human condition even when we’re saved. But we don’t have to give up on being delivered from the temptations that seem to always trip us up. That’s why Paul gave us a list of sins that keep people out of heaven in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, then told us in v. 11, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” If people at Corinth got delivered from prostitution, adultery, other forms of fornication, drunkenness, and other sins, then there’s no reason why people in the church today can’t be delivered from porn, homosexuality, drugs, profanity, etc.
We find at the very least the following eight times telling us that deliverance from evils we face within ourselves and from others comes through watching and praying by faith:
7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. Neh. 4
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, 7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Isa. 62
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matt. 26
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph. 6
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 1 Pet. 4
So if there’s not even a hint of the smallest deliverance going on in someone’s life or in a church, it’s because there’s no genuine faith-based watching and praying going on. And maybe the person may not be saved because from what I understand, all these scriptures are 100% guarantees. Through praying and watching, we are doing our part. God answering our prayers is how he does his part in the partnership. How does one “watch”? The specifics of “watching” may be different for each saint, but some good points about how to watch are laid out in Psalm 101. When that is mixed with the tools known as the armor of God in Ephesians 6, we saints become a powerful force even when we don’t get everything right every time.