If I Pray, Will It Make a Difference? (10 of 10) by Rick White
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Stand Your Ground: A Personal Battle Plan for Spiritual Warfare
Rick White/Ed Rowell
One family asked their 4-year-old boy to return thanks for their Thanksgiving dinner. While family members bowed their heads in expectation, the little guy began. He thanked the Lord for all his friends, naming them one by one. He thanked the Lord for Mommy and Daddy, brother and sister, Grandma and Grandpa, all the aunts and uncles and cousins. Then he began giving thanks for the food. He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even the Cool-Whip. Then he paused, and everyone waited and waited. Finally, he looked up at his mother and said, "If I thank the Lord for the broccoli, he'll know I'm lying, won't he?"
For the last nine weeks, we have been taking an in-depth look at the subject of spiritual warfare. Today we wrap up this series entitled, Standing Your Ground with a look at the most basic, yet most neglected weapon in our spiritual battle. Prayer. Effective prayer. Consistent prayer. Focused prayer. (Read Ephesians 6:10-20.)
Paul has been using a metaphor based on the uniform of a Roman soldier. As he closes this section of his letter, it's clear that he's still talking about spiritual warfare, but it's a little unclear as to whether or not he has dropped the symbolism of the armor of God. Some have noted that Paul mentions every piece of the Roman armor except the lance, or spear. They believe that prayer is that lance, another offensive weapon like the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. A nice word picture, and yet the lance is not mentioned in the text.
I believe Paul is continuing the warfare imagery, but he views prayer somewhat differently. In every battle, a soldier's effectiveness and very survival depends on his ability to stay in touch with his unit. A complete set of armor is of little value if t ...
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