Fighting Spiritual Battles

“Praying always with all (kinds of) prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” (Eph. 6:18)

Prayer is a major weapon in fighting the spiritual battles we face as Christ’s followers. The Apostle Paul reminds us that ultimately our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against demonic fortresses in heavenly places (Eph. 6:10-20). The picture he paints for us is that of a war. Life as a Christian must not be seen as a playground - it’s a battlefield. We must stop being satisfied with the present condition of our casual spiritual lifestyle. We must pray without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17) and with fervent passion for more (Jms. 5:16).

The #4 Reason to Pray: Spiritual Warfare!

We are instructed by an experienced spiritual soldier, the Apostle Paul. Like a Roman Centurion, he speaks of putting on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness and having our loins gird about with truth. He expects the feet of every soldier under Christ’s command to be shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace, to be equipped with a shield of faith and a sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. In the Apostle’s view there is no retreat, no failure and no plan “B”. Our mission is to advance the Kingdom of God on planet Earth and should we accept our assignment, we will be fighting for our spiritual lives and those of our neighbors, friends and the nations.

Prayer is the Heavy Artillery!

If I were writing this passage, I would say, “Now get out there and fight the battle!” But the Apostle Paul does not say that. In fact, he waits until all the armor is fully understood and in place to communicate the real assignment in spiritual warfare – Prayer! Its the heavy artillery of battle. Notice what he says: “With all kinds of prayer… pray, being watchful… pray, with all perseverance… pray, and for all the saints… pray”. In two verses, we are commanded to pray five different times. Do you think God is trying to make a point? He is attempting to seize our attention concerning prayer’s power to defeat the devil and his tactics. 

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” (2 Cor. 10:3-4)

The weapon of prayer softens and pulls down Satanic fortresses. It is the cannon, reducing the wall to rubble… so that the troops can break through, take gound and possess the promises of God. Too often, the Kingdom advancement moves slowly because the softening-up process of prayer has been neglected. When practiced, however, prayer exposes the lies and deception the enemy hides behind and destroys the works that make the Christian vulnerable to defeat. Prayer is the place where revelation, discernment and spiritual victories are achieved. When the Church prays… the battles are won!

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 Jn. 4:4)

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