How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 21 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #73)

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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, “Only turning God’s house into a house of fervent prayer will reverse the power of evil so evident in the world today.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “As long as we are content to live without revival, we will.”

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

There are 15 forms of prayer. We have already seen that “all prayer” includes these six forms: (1) the prayer of faith, (2) the prayer of agreement or corporate prayer, (3) the prayer of request, (4) the prayer of thanksgiving, (5) the prayer of worship, and (6) the prayer of consecration.

“All prayer” also includes these three additional forms of prayer:

First, is the prayer of intercession. This is when we pray for the needs of others. In 1 Timothy 2:1, Paul says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.” You ought to always have in mind someone you can pray for other than yourself. Jesus serves as a wonderful example of intercession. John 17 consists of a prayer Jesus prayed for his disciples and for all Christians.

Second, is the closet or private prayer. This is when we pray without anyone else being around. Matthew 6:5-6 states, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” There is nothing wrong with public prayer and there are certain occasions when that is necessary. But Jesus told His disciples to pray privately. The reason for this is because he did not want them to make prayer into a type of show to be seen of men. Private prayer is where we receive the most strength and power from above.

Third, is the silent prayer. Silent prayer is when we have no words to express our thoughts or feelings to God. God still hears us because he can hear our hearts and our thoughts just as easily as he can hear our words. When we cannot express ourselves in words, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and makes our requests known to God. Romans 8:26-27 states, “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. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

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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