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Power of Prayer! (8 of 8)
Series: Spiritual Warfare
Eph. 6:18-20; Matt. 26:38-41
INTRO: Paul has spent considerable time explaining the armor of the Christian soldier, now he tells us where the battlefield is. Since he explained earlier that our battle is not against ''flesh and blood'' but against ''the powers of this dark world…and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms'' (Eph. 6:12) he now tells us that this battlefield is our prayer closet!
We underestimate the power of prayer! We also undervalue the importance of it! So many Christians have weak or non existing prayer lives. The biggest loser when we fail to pray is US! Prayer is the power to change everything … and the loss of prayer cannot be made up by the hard work we do as Christians. The well dressed soldier is not much good if he doesn't enter the battlefield!
Prayer is the underlying power to all that happens spiritually in our lives, the lack of it in our lives can have severe consequences, and the practice of an active prayer life can have dramatic power!
ILLUS: In Point Man, Steve Farrar tells the story of George McCluskey. When McCluskey married and started a family, he decided to invest one hour a day in prayer, because he wanted his kids to follow Christ. After a time, he expanded his prayers to include his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every day between 11 a.m. and noon, he prayed for the next three generations.
As the years went by, his two daughters committed their lives to Christ and married men who went into full-time ministry. The two couples produced four girls and one boy. Each of the girls married a minister, and the boy became a pastor. The first two children born to this generation were both boys. Upon graduation from high school, the two cousins chose the same college and became roommates.
During their sophomore year, one boy decided to go into the ministry. The other didn't. He undoubtedly felt some pressure to continue the fa ...
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