“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”–Ephesians 6:18
Most of us would be surprised to know that this is the very next verse in Ephesians 6 directly after the famous list of the Armor of God. We are talking about a shield of faith a Sword of the Spirit, a helmet, a breastplate, a belt, and Roman-style leather wrapped sandals. Salvation. Righteousness. Truth. The Gospel of Peace. An offensive weapon. A defensive weapon. And then…”praying always with all prayer.”
The questions remain: are we equipped with armor so we can wage war through prayer? Is prayer one of the weapons of our warfare (2Cory 10:4).
If you have ever read E.M. Bounds or Andrew Murray or R.A. Torrey or many other great Christian writers of the last 150 years, you will find a gigantic reliance and dependency on the weapon of prayer. I think it was Oswald Chambers who said, “Prayer isn’t part of the fight; prayer IS the fight.” It was Mr. Chambers who also said that, “If we don’t pray for impossible things, be don’t prayer for anything at all.”
If prayer is one of the best weapons of our warfare…if it helps pull down strongholds of the enemy…if it shakes hell…if it accomplishes the great pleasure of my God…and, if I gain pure and ceaseless intimacy with Him by this engagement…THEN I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PRAY!
I’m realizing that fervent, effective prayer in righteous men (that avails much, James 5:16-17), is one of the rarest single things in the Church today. Most churches are loaded for bare on sound systems, exciting preaching, comfortable seating, programs, and events, yet have a pathetic or non-existent prayer team or prayer ministry. Why is praying not highlighted by every minister of the Gospel and employed by countless saints in every church we know? Well, because you have to be determined. “The Lord will be for it, and the Devil against it,” said E.M. Bounds.
It is so true. Satan keeps us from the most potent weapons of our warfare. Look where the dark one hits the quickest and the most and you will find, in the gaping wounds or blast holes, the things we Soldiers of the Cross should be focusing on the most. Things like the Baptism of Mighty Fire and the Holy Ghost, prayer, honest worship, and the gifts of the Spirit. And He also seems to ambush the authority of the Word of God relentlessly.
Maybe these, then, are the mightiest weapons of all?
So how about we try this…let’s do the things that Satan hates, shall we. The arrows that fill his hide. The stone walls that void his battering claims. The tank armor that wards little, piddly darts. Let’s sing before our God and march victorious in holy worship, as Yahweh lays waste to the invading horde (2Chronies 20). Let’s suit up in the thickest and shiniest of battle array, take our Sword and our Shield, and call on our Lord to position Himself right in between us and Lucifer…and watch him retreat! Like the scared, ineffective papertiger he is.
But many of us don’t know how to get in the fight or don’t want in the fight. IT WILL COST US SOMETHING! But we must unite and stand with iron against iron like a Metal Legion or Warriors. We must! We Must! We MUST! Satan has held far too much ground for far too long! And we are supposed to be enlisted with Jesus as Captain of the Lord’s Host. Yahweh Sabaoth=The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. This is Who died for us. This is Who bought us back from destined flames. And it is He Whom I shall serve and fight for!!!
Who’s with me??!!
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds…casting down imaginations and every high thing the exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ….”–2Corinthians 10:3-5