Paul has described the armor of God in terms of those pieces worn by Roman soldiers of the time. The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. All of these are physical weapons in our arsenal for fighting our earthly battles of seen and unseen forces that are against us because of our faith. They are to be worn in all circumstances so that we are never without protection from God and His Holy Spirit. The last piece of armor Paul lists is a non-physical weapon that we are to use constantly, prayer. Ephesians 6:18 describes this weapon, ” 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.”
Prayers are to be constantly on our lips for other believers. It is a weapon that is to be used at all times for all occasions. Paul exhorts us to stay vigilant for attacks upon our faith, trials that test our resolve or ideas that cause us to doubt. Being alert keeps you or other believers from being taken by surprise by the things of the world that would cause you to stumble. What kinds of prayers should we be offering for other believers? Faith that is growing and maturing seeks to be more and more like Jesus so anything that would strengthen the walk, character, resolve, purity, thankfulness, kindness, gentleness, self-control, hope, salvation, purity, pursuit of righteousness…. the list is endless. All these things we are told in scripture are desirous for the believer. Here are a few examples:
Leviticus 19:2 “‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” We can pray for our own holiness and purity as well as all other believers.
Psalm 25:9 “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” We can pray for humility in ourselves and others and commitment to walking with Jesus daily.
Colossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Pray for each other’s daily walk, grounding in scripture, strength of faith and a life showing great thankfulness.
Galatians 5:22-23 “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” We can pray for the fruits of the Spirit to be evident and developing in our life and other believers.
Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have the privilege of lifting myself and others up in prayer as we face life’s battles. Take this privilege seriously and make it a habit to pray for yourself and others so that all would be strong in faith and rooted and grounded in Christ. Satan desires that we stumble and falter as he wants to destroy our witness for Christ. Jesus reminded the disciples before His death, “ I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Pray that we will all be over-comers and live victoriously in Him.
Holy Week- Jesus’ Friday was incredibly grueling. He was tried in various courts in the night and early morning, beaten, brought before Pilate and condemned to be crucified. He was brought to the cross and crucified then buried in a new borrowed tomb. “Good Friday” was good for us but physically hard, painful and demanding all from our savior. Matthew 26:47-27:66, Mark 14:4-15:47, Luke 22:47-23:56 and John 18:2-19:32.