Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ~Ephesians 6:10-18
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‘The Sleeping Church’
During our first of this two part series, we left off with a segment about the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer is often prayed as a means of submitting to God accepting all that happens to us, good and bad, as the will of God; it is said as though “his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven” is entirely up to God. The prayer is actually a spiritual warfare prayer. We are to put on display as Jesus followers, as his ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), as peacemakers and those who emulate Jesus (Ephesians 5:1.2), his will being done “on earth as it is in heaven.” The rest of the prayer when we act upon what it says will keep us from allowing Satanic strongholds to take root in our lives. We are free to partner with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit in order to put on display his kingdom on earth as an act of war that is done through putting on love above all else (Colossians 3:14). For a rendition of this prayer said in this light, go here.
In addition to prayer as a weapon of war, here is a list of other tools of spiritual warfare discussed during the prayer event: Continue reading