Prayer: Part 1
Ephesians 6:10-17 lays out this military metaphor in vivid detail: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”
The apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, paints a picture of the stark reality that faces every Christian: A powerful unseen spiritual enemy, an assortment of spiritual weaponry for defense, and a relentless, daily struggle not only for your own eternal destiny, but for that of countless others.
But how exactly do we fight – and win -- against an enemy that we cannot see? KEEP READING! Ephesians 6:18-20 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” For the Christian, PRAYER is the battleground upon which the war is either lost or won.
There is only ONE THING recorded in the gospels that the disciples ever asked Jesus to teach them how to do: “Lord, teach us to pray!” Of all things to ask him to teach, why prayer? The answer is simple: they saw Jesus’ own personal commitment to prayer, and the incredible power that it gave him. Don’t imagine for a second that a victorious prayer life is going to just happen by accident. Over the next several weeks, I hope to inspire and instruct you in developing a vital prayer life that will ensure that you will never be unfruitful or unproductive in your faith. It will also enable you to switch from DEFENSE to OFFENSE in your battle against the enemy for the souls of men. Stay tuned!