Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
- Prayer is spiritual warfare. It is the supernatural provision of the Christian soldier—prayer, not just of the moment…but a constant spirit of prayer. Prayer and the Word of God are the best things you have going for you.
- The Word – God talking to you.
- Prayer – you talking to God.
- With all the armor mentioned in this passage of Scripture, it does no good if we neglect our prayer life. We enter into spiritual conflict fully dressed and fully armed. Prayer is essential. We all live in a busy world, but not making time for prayer will hinder our walk with God and ultimately, if neglected for a long period of time, we will fall back into sin.
- Trust, confidence and assurance are necessary as we pray. If we pray and do not believe our prayers will be answered, why pray? We must face our spiritual battles with courage, and courage only comes by way of prayer and faith believing that God hears us and will answer. Job’s faith was demonstrated in that he trusted God. In Job 19:25 he said “I know that my redeemer lives.” He did not have the law, not any part of the bible, but he had a relationship with his God. Do you? How close is it? Could it be closer? Well……make it closer.
- Quick, minute prayers as a continual substitute for a consistent time alone with God will not work either. We will very easily fall into the trap of Satan that we do not have time, too many distractions and on and on and on. We then become a fast food prayer – instant gratification – order up – get our answer right away.
- We can also become a bell-hop prayer. “Go here – do this – I need – I need – I need – you provide – you provide – you provide.”
- If our prayers are not continual, we will lose the assurance and confidence of God’s protection. We must always maintain a constant unbroken sense of God’s presence and care; therefore we must not let our mind dwell on the things of this world. We need to keep our communication line open with God. As it is between spouses, if God never hears from us, He might question our love for Him.
Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.”
Philippians 4: 6 – “Be anxious for nothing (don’t let anything bug you), but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
1 Chronicles 16:11 – “Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.”
John 16:24 – “Ask and you shall receive so that your joy may be full.”
James 5:16 – “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
- All the above require our action…IF we do what we can do…God will do what we cannot do.
- Be mature – no “Now I lay me down to sleep” prayers.
Hebrews 5:13-14 – “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Isaiah 55:6-7 – “Seek the Lord while He may be found call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to the Lord and He will have mercy upon him and to our God for He will abundantly pardon.”
- The Christian soldier must be willing to pray and, if necessary, give up sleep and food. We must concentrate and persevere in prayer, sometimes being so intensely at prayer that we forget about the necessities of life, such as sleep, food, rest, and entertainment. These activities are not in and of themselves sinful, but prayer must become a more pressing priority.
Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation.”
- We are to pray for those with authority over us…civil leaders, the President, our governor, our senators, our representatives, military leaders and soldiers, mayors, school officials, law enforcement, judicial system….pastors, deacons, elders, musicians, instructors, school teachers, work place supervisors, anyone that has a position of authority. Whether you voted for them or not, whether they are Democrat, Republican or Independent. God says pray for them.
- The soldier must pray unselfishly. The soldier is not in battle alone…for all of God’s people are facing similar situation. We need to pray for each other. We must pray for each other.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 – “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Pray without ceasing.”
Luke 22:26 – “Pray always.”
Ephesians 1:15-16 – “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.”
1 Samuel 12:23 – “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you.”
THE TEN-FINGER PRAYER
- Hold up your hands – you have ten fingers – this verse has ten words.
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
- Yes I can, but I need to cover the situation in earnest prayer.