In Ephesians 6, Paul characterizes the Armor of God. These are the weapons with which we are to fight our spiritual battles. There are six pieces of armor that Paul specifically mentions in Ephesians 6:13-17.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
Let’s take a look at these 6 weapons briefly:
Truth. The enemy is the father of lies. The only defense is truth.
Righteousness. We are to “put on” the righteousness of Christ that is ours through faith. We have to trust that Christ’s righteousness has become our righteousness. On our feet, shoes. Not just any army boots, these must be shoes that can advance into enemy territory. These must be shoes of the Gospel of Peace. Our shield is faith. This faith is what can deflect the arrows of doubt aimed for our hearts. Our sword is the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. The very Words that Christ used against Satan in the desert.
This might sound like a strange question at this point, but…Is anyone else a James Bond fan? Technically, I am not a James Bond fan. I am a Q fan. The very best part of every James Bond movie is the, usually much too short, scene where Q runs through the cool, secret weapons he has devised for this particular mission. Bond never goes out in the field without at least one secret weapon.
Think of yourself as James Bond. You live on a mission. You also have a secret weapon! Your secret weapon is much better than any that Q could ever devise. Your secret weapon is divinely devised and imbued with the Spirit of God.
[pullquote]Your secret weapon is PRAYER![/pullquote]
Prayer is terrifying to the enemy. He stands defenseless, because prayer puts you right in the presence of God. And Satan versus God just isn’t a fight. When Paul enumerates the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:13-17 it doesn’t end with a period, the period comes in the next verse:
…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (period)
The Armor is fantastic, the Armor is what we are commanded to put on, but don’t forget your secret weapon! Prayer is really the seventh piece of the armor.
We can do a lot of things that we might think would build us up spiritually. We can study God’s Word, we can minister to other people, we can even go to church. All of these things, and many more are good, but as far as pushing back the falleness of this world, they don’t, unless there is prayer.
[pullquote position="right"]The one concern of the Devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work, prayer-less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. -Samuel Chadwick[/pullquote]
In my own life, I am much too quick to “DO”, and much too slow to pray. Prayer often is the thing I preface the action with, so that I can get on with the “real work”. I am saying this to myself, and you are welcome to listen in…
[pullquote]PRAYER IS THE REAL WORK![/pullquote]
I don’t know about you, but I would love to make the enemy tremble. I would love to knock him down. There is only one way to do that-PRAYER!
When I read Samuel Chadwick’s words last week, I was too convicted to attempt to share them with you. All of the fingers were pointing at me! I will never, and can never, pray enough. I am challenging myself to step up my game, and I would love some company. Please leave a comment if you feel a nudge to improve with me. We can encourage each other, and make the enemy tremble together!