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Prayer - The First Line Of Defense (7 of 7)
Series: Victory In Jesus
Read Ephesians 6:10-18
Why does Paul close his exhortation in Ephesians 6 with a word about PRAYER? It is because He knows that the power of God is released through prayer. How is prayer used as a key factor in spiritual warfare?
Prayer is the means by which we are clothed with the armor of God. We should be praying the armor of God, clothing ourselves in God's protection and being ready for the enemy's attacks.
Matthew 26:36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, ''Sit here while I go and pray over there.'' 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, ''My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.'' 39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ''O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.'' 40 Then He came to the disciples and found them asleep, and said to Peter, ''What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.''
Many Christians find it hard to pray for an extended period of time. Listen we will take more than an hour to get dressed and ready in the morning before school or work, but we can't find time to spend with God getting dressed and ready in the Spirit for what we are to face each day!
I want to put a challenge out to you to dress yourself spiritually every morning. How do we do it? By clothing ourselves in the armor of God through prayer: Lord, I put on the BELT OF TRUTH today. I refuse to let the lies of the enemy unravel my life in confusion. I put on truth today. Jesus, you are the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life, so I put you on today. I thank you for giving me a new life and thank you f ...
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