How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 22 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #74)

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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Charles Spurgeon said, “Prayer plumes the wings of God’s young eaglets so that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer brings inner strength to God’s warriors and sends them forth to spiritual battle with their muscles firm and their armor in place.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “My main ambition in life is to be on the devil’s most wanted list.”

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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 nine 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, (6) the prayer of consecration, (7) the prayer of intercession, (8) the closet or private prayer, and (9) the silent prayer.

Three more forms included in the term “all prayer” are:

First, the prayer of forgiveness. Before we go to someone who has wronged us and tell them that we have forgiven them, we must forgive them in our hearts before the Lord in prayer. Jesus said in Mark 11:25, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Jesus taught that our forgiveness of others precipitates His forgiveness of us. What better way to let God know that we have chosen to forgive someone than by prayer to Him? Often, forgiving someone in our hearts is all God requires, and telling the forgiven party that they are forgiven is unnecessary, as it can lead to pride on the part of the person who is doing the forgiving.

Second, the prayer of contemplation. Contemplative prayer is the opening of one’s mind, heart, soul and spirit to God. First Corinthians 14:14-15 instructs us to pray with our minds. It reads, “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 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.” When we pray in this manner, we become aware of who we are praying to and believe that He is hearing and will answer our prayers according to His will and plan. Contemplation involves being still and quiet, focusing on one purpose, overcoming wandering thoughts and sleepiness, and meditating on Scripture.

Third, praying in the Spirit. In Ephesians 6:18, Paul instructs us to pray “always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” Praying in the Spirit has nothing to do with speaking in tongues. Praying in the Spirit here means that one prays in the power of the Spirit, by the power of the Spirit, and according to the leadership of the Spirit. J. Oswald Sanders said, “Praying in the Spirit means to pray in harmony with the will of God. Being God Himself, the Spirit knows and can interpret God’s will to us.”

The various forms of prayer are like different weapons in our spiritual arsenal that we can use to defend ourselves, attack Satan, and shore up the defenses in our families, churches, and communities. I hope that you begin employing every form of prayer as you are engaged in spiritual warfare.

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