How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 20 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #72)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-18:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 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.

13 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.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Andrew Murray said, “In the conflict between Satan and the Believer, God’s child can conquer EVERYTHING by prayer. Is it any wonder that Satan does his utmost to snatch that weapon from the Christian, or to hinder him in the use of it?”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off.”

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Today, we are going to look at three more ways in which we are to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…”

We have already seen that “all prayer” includes: (1) the prayer of faith, (2) the prayer of agreement or corporate prayer, and (3) the prayer of request. “All prayer” also includes three additional forms of prayer:

First, is the prayer of thanksgiving. This is a prayer of gratitude to God for what He has done for you. This is a prayer you pray after God has answered your prayers. Even before you get an answer to your prayer, you can thank God for doing what is best for you. And for doing what He has already done. Philippians 4:6 says we ought to offer “prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.”

Second, is the prayer of worship. This is a prayer of praise to God where you aren’t asking Him for anything specifically, but you are just worshipping Him because of who He is. In Acts 13, we read of early Christians who were “worshipping the Lord and fasting.”

Third, is the prayer of consecration. When something or someone is consecrated, it means that they are set aside to do God’s will and be used for God’s purposes. Jesus Christ prayed a prayer of consecration in the Garden of Gethsemane when He told His Heavenly Father, “Not my will, but thine be done.” Jesus also taught us to pray this way in the Lord’s prayer which says, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

As I mentioned yesterday, every form of prayer, even if it may not seem as though it is related to spiritual warfare, is crucial to our success in battle. The point of prayer in spiritual warfare is that we are in constant communication with our Commander-in-Chief. He knows the strategies of the devil before we do because He has been dealing with Him for much longer than we have. If we continue in prayer with Him, He will speak to our hearts and alert us to the difficulties and attacks that we face, and He will guide us on how to deal with them using the weapons of the Spirit that He has given us.

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