The Weapons of Our Warfare – Part 7
“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,” Ephesians 6:13-14
And this is our armor. Part 7
1. loins girt about with truth
2. the breastplate of righteousness
3. feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
4. the shield of faith
5. take the helmet of salvation
6. the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God
7. praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit
8. watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints
By these we wage war in the Spirit. By these we defeat the purposes of the devil. By these we stand with confidence and assurance in the Word of God.
The confident, comfort of prayer helps top assure us that things are going to be ok. Not that they will necessarily turn out exactly as we hoped for or planned but that whatever happens after we pray we know that God is with us and aware of what we need and desire, what challenges we’re facing, what obstacles are in our way, what hope we have invested in anticipation of His favor toward our petitions.
Prayer is also a weapon of warfare. Prayer penetrates the realm of the Spirit where the forces of darkness abide.
“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.” Ephesians 6:10-12
By prayer we can alter the ordinary, natural course of events. In fact, that is the primary function of prayer — to stop the course of sickness and want, of poverty and destruction, of strife, division, hate and evil of all kinds, to reverse the course of death and to restore life. This is why we should pray and pray without ceasing, because with every prayer we bring new light to dispel the works of darkness.
The effect may not always be seen immediately, but we must not lose heart or become discouraged, give up and stop praying. No. Every prayer strikes a blow against the enemy and all his works. Prayer is a weapon of light and darkness can never overcome the light.
All prayer and supplications including, prayers of salvation, of intercession, of deliverance, of praise and thanksgiving, of consecration, of dedication, of repentance, of forgiveness, of healing, of comfort, of praise and adoration are weapons of warfare. To pray with understanding and with the Spirit is warfare prayer.
“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” Corinthians14:15
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26
Let us therefore pray, pray always, pray with all prayers and supplications (respectful, humble, appeals) in the Spirit and with understanding. Ask the Father for anything, for everything, for others and for yourself. Pray!