The Power of Prayer
"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints."
A key part of the armor of God that has no counterpart when looking at a Roman soldier dressed for battle is prayer. Our greatest support against the devil and his demons is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Creator. Prayer is calling in the Lord’s help, like ground troops call in for reinforcements or air support today.
Paul writes in Hebrews that we are to confidently come to the throne of grace to receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We pray in the Spirit.
How do we pray in the Spirit?
We pray in the Spirit when we pray in faith with no known sin in our life. Paul instructs us in Romans 8:26-27 the Spirit helps us in our weakness for we do not know what to pray for as we ought and the Spirit intercedes for us (believers) according to the will of God. 1 John 5:14-15 instructs us how to pray and receive answered prayer. We are to pray according to God’s will. As we pray we are to keep alert and pray for all the saints.
Are you praying?
We need times set apart for prayer alone and prayer as we go through our day seeking to accomplish our God-given assignments. Prayer is to be our first response in any adverse situation, not our last resort.
May you be a "Pray First" person.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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