Prayer and Warfare by J. Gerald Harris

Prayer and Warfare
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Ephesians 6:10-18

Tonight we're going to think about warfare. There were two high school wrestling teams that qualified to play for the state wrestling championship over in Arkansas several years ago. The coach of the high school in the south warned his wrestlers about the high school team from north Arkansas. He said the coach of the wrestlers in the north Arkansas high school had taught his wrestlers to do what they called a double reverse. His wrestlers would get the opposing wrestler and bend him double one way, and then bend him double the other way, and then turn him upside down until he had no feeling in his arms and legs. He would turn blue, and then he would pin him to the mat and win the match.

So the coach for the south team said, "Now, whatever happens, don't let the opposing wrestler get a double reverse on you. Nobody has ever been able to get out of the double reverse. It means sure defeat. Whatever happens, don't let them get a double reverse on you."

So they started the meet, and the first wrestler from the south stepped into the ring with the first wrestler from the north. The wrestler from the north made a sudden move and, lo and behold, he grabbed the wrestler from the high school in the south and managed to get that double reverse hold. He bent him one way, and then another way, turned him upside down, and all the feeling went out of his hands, and arms, and legs. He turned blue, and he pinned the wrestler from the south to the floor. He won the first match in a matter of 30 seconds.

When the next two wrestlers stepped into the ring, the very same thing happened. The wrestler from the north got the wrestler from the south in a double reverse. He bent him one way, and then the other way, turned him upside down until all the feeling went out of his arms, legs, and feet. He turned blue, he pinned him to the mat, and he won that match in 30 seconds.

The same thing happened in the third mat ...


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