How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 23 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #75)

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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Oswald Chambers said, “The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts, and lack of intimacy with God’s character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by discipline.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.”

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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 twelve 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, (9) the silent prayer, (10) the prayer of forgiveness, (11) the prayer of contemplation, and (12) praying in the Spirit.

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

First, is the prayer of fellowship. Have you ever been alone in the car or at work, and you wished that you had someone to talk to? Well, you do. God is with you wherever you go through the presence of the Holy Spirit. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Second Corinthians 13:14 says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” “Communion” in this verse means fellowship or companionship. We ought not to only run to God in prayer when we are in trouble. He wants to hear from us at all times, throughout every season of our lives, even when everything is going well. He is a friend who you can talk to about things that may even seem insignificant. One preacher who pastors a church near Washington D.C. says he prays for good parking spaces before he goes into the nation’s capital. Does God care about good parking spaces? No, He doesn’t. But He cares about YOU, and He enjoys it when you call on Him as a friend in prayer. He wants to be a part of your everyday life. And prayer provides us with that friendship, that companionship, that fellowship that we should desire.

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  1. Thanks for the great post. I love this part “We ought not to only run to God in prayer when we are in trouble. He wants to hear from us at all times, throughout every season of our lives, even when everything is going well. He is a friend who you can talk to about things that may even seem insignificant. “

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