Summary: Winning batels is not easy. Are you winning yours?
Are you winning your battle?
Lets READ: Ephesians 6:10-20 (Text: v18)
Ephesians chapters 4-6 are all about "Spiritual Warfare".
The bible tells us about it and a lot of people think that because the battle is on when we are on our knees praying God does not hear because the devil is yelling and screaming while we are.
Not at all when you are praying the devil is silent and we are the victors.
When you knocked on the Lord’s door and ask Him to open it and come into your heart, the door is never shut.
You don’t have to knock anymore.
And when we come to Ephesians 6:10-20, the famous passage on the armour of the believer, it’s speak of how we ought to stand arrayed IN EVERY PART AND ARENA OF LIVING OF OUR LIVES! It’s all spiritual warfare - and the armour never comes off!
BUT HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT, please understand that prayer IS VITAL in our warfare as Christian soldiers. With prayer we "buckle on" our other armour; it must undergird our whole fight. If we think we’ve put on the armour of God, but we’re not PRAYING - we’re kidding ourselves: we are leaving ourselves with defenses down. Your relationship with God, your spiritual walk, your Christian experience, will never rise higher than your prayer life. Prayer is of the utmost urgency for every believer.
Paul comes to the end of his list of the Christian soldier’s armour, and he writes (verse 18) ...
"... praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints; ..."
Do you realise how important "communications" are in any battle? If an enemy can cut off a battalion’s communications, they become immediately isolated, helpless and alone.
Now for the Christian, PRAYER is our line of communication with our Commander-in-chief. God knows our situation (better than we do) - and He knows the enemy’s position too - but God moves in response to prayer. If the enemy can deter us or distract us from PRAYING, then he has us where he wants us. We quickly become isolated, helpless and alone, WITH ONLY OUR OWN RESOURCES. And God does NOT intend for us to fight with our own resources - they’re of no use in a spiritual fight.
2 Corinthians 10:4 says: "For the weapons of our warfare are NOT carnal, but they are mighty through GOD to the pulling down of strongholds".
If we’re not vitally in touch with God - what are we fighting with?! Our weaponry? Our own resources? GOD HELP US!
And so the enemy is very concerned to keep us involved in any other thing, as long as he can keep us from prayer.
"Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees!"(W.Cowper/J.Newton)
All right, today talking about this Prayer of Christian Warfare, I want us to consider three simple things:
1. The PRIORITY of Prayer
2. The POWER of Prayer
3. The PERSEVERANCE of Prayer
1. THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER
In verse 18 there is one very important little word that we should observe. It’s obviously very important because it appears several times in that one verse. You don’t have to be Albert Einstein to work out that the Apostle Paul is trying to make a point. The word I’m referring to is the word "ALL", and it’s associated word "ALWAYS":