Throughout this week’s LivingItOut, we have been learning about the spiritual battle highlighted by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:10-18. After writing about relationships in Ephesians 5:21-6:9, Paul goes on to tell us that our battles are not against flesh and blood enemies but against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Many go through life and give little thought to this unseen world, but it is real. Not only do we need to be aware of the battle we are in with these evil forces, we need to equip ourselves to win. Last weekend, Pastor Ben taught us about the armor of God that protects us from attacks and allows us to fight back. The full armor of God includes the belt of truth, the body armor of God’s righteousness, shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.
After instructing us to put on the armor of God, Paul tells us to pray all the time in the Spirit. Prayer is vital to the success of our battle. Ben perfectly illustrated the importance of prayer by likening it to the oxygen tank a firefighter carries. A firefighter is protected by his pants, coat, helmet, boots, and gloves, but it is the oxygen tank that provides the fresh air he needs to breathe in the smoke.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
In our spiritual life, prayer provides the fresh air we need in the midst of our battle. When we connect with God, his Spirit is like a breath of fresh air to our souls.
Perhaps you are realizing that you are in a spiritual battle and your prayer life isn’t where it needs to be. Today is a new day, and you can begin to change that by making prayer a priority in your life.
At CedarCreek, we often say, “Pray First.” This is an encouragement and call to pray first in everything we do. Pray at the beginning of each day, and pray at each transition throughout the day. Pray before you enter your place of work. Pray before your meeting starts or before that important phone call. Pray before you get back home and before you interact with your kids or spouse. In the midst of your battles—before you try to win them on your own—stop and pray first. This is how we fight our battles.
What place does prayer have in your daily life?
How can you make prayer a priority throughout your day?
Commit to “pray first” each morning and as you transition from one task or event to another throughout your day.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this opportunity to come before you, talk to you, and connect with you through prayer. It is a privilege that I sometimes take for granted. Forgive me for the times I don’t come to you first and when I try to win the spiritual battle on my own. You are all I need. You are my strength, and you’re the breath of life that my spirit needs. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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