A friend and I have been walking through the book of Ephesians together. The past few weeks we have been talking about the armor of God, piece by piece. We’ve discussed the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel shoes of peace, the sword of the spirit, the helmet of salvation, and the breastplate of righteousness. Each being a vital piece of the armor needed in order to stand firm, and live for the Lord.
But then, Paul says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.( Eph. 6:18).”
It is the final aspect I fear most of us leave out. And yet, it is the most important.
For if we put on all the pieces of the armor, if we know and stand on God’s Word, and yet seek to fight the enemy in our own strength we will surely fall.
Remember the story of David and Goliath. When David first tells King Saul, he will go and fight, King Saul tries to convince David to wear his armor. But, the armor was too big, and it just didn’t work. So, David takes it off, picks up 5 smooth stones, grabs his slingshot, and off he goes to fight the giant.
He was confident, not because he had five smooth stones or His sling shot. He was confident because He relied upon the Lord.
When we wear the armor, do the “Christian” thing, but do it all in our own strength we look and act like David wearing Saul’s armor. This armor is useless in our fight against the enemy.
Yet, when we put on the full armor of God, and rely upon the Lord through prayer. Then and only then, are we able to fight and resist the enemy.
Over and over again Paul tells us to “Stand Firm!!”
And I’m convinced the only way we can truly stand firm, resist the enemy, and fight is if we have put on the pieces of armor yes, but also when we rely on the Lord, AND PRAY.
Unfortunately, many of us, think we can handle the enemy in our own strength. We believe the lie that we don’t really need the Lord, that we can do it on our own. When in fact, we can not.
The enemy is real, and his greatest desire for those of us who belong to the Lord is to destroy us. He wants to destroy our families, our marriages, our testimonies, and our faith in the Lord.
For if he can do this, he has us right where he wants us… down and out, defeated. And ineffective for the Lord.
We must resist him, we must stand firm, and we do this only when we rely upon the Lord, and look to Him through prayer.
Prayer… it’s a privilege, an honor that we have to come before the King of Kings, to bring our request before Him. A blessing of having His strength when ours is gone.
May we not take this privilege lightly, rather may we pray continually, communing moment by moment , daily with the Lord.