“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 6:8.
This week we are focusing on the weapons of our warfare. We have learned that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. What a powerful word picture!! In our focus verse today we read that we are to pray in the Spirit on all occasions. With that phrase in mind,
I have to confess that has not always been my response to ALL occasions. It is easy for me to turn to prayer when it is concerning something or someone close to me. When I have a personal vested interest, I seem to be more willing to pray. Why is that? I believe that I am more willing to pray in SOME occasions but not ALL. “All occasions” would include praying for people, and things that I want nothing to do with. When prayer is not present, communication is not possible.
This weapon, or Spiritual discipline, prayer, is our direct line of communication with our Heavenly Father. Prayer is simply dialogue with God. Prayer does a few things for us as kingdom men. First, it aligns our hearts and thoughts with Gods. Paul, the writer of Ephesians, encourages the reader to pray on all occasions. When we pray, we are petitioning God to be present and in control of the situation we are praying for. Prayer acknowledges that God is in control.
When we learn this weapon we put down our carnal weapons and cling to God and His Word. In the Gospel of Luke chapter 11 captures Jesus’ teaching on prayer. In verse 1 we read, “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’” What follows is a model that teaches Jesus’ followers how to pray. To learn this weapon we need to study Jesus’ way. I personally find it very interesting that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Think about it, the disciples witnessed many miraculous signs and wonders performed by Jesus during his ministry. They would have seen Jesus calm the storm, open blind eyes, and heal a paralytic. Even with witnessing these incredible events, the disciples ask to be taught how to pray. If it were me, I would possibly have asked if Jesus could teach me how to calm storms. This makes me wonder, what did the disciples see when Jesus prayed?
I believe that the disciples noticed that Jesus connected personally with His Father in prayer. This is something we, as believers, have access too. We have a direct line of communication and connection with God the Father!
May we be men who seek to grow in our prayer life!! Like Jesus’ disciples can we humble ourselves to the point of simply asking Jesus to teach us how to pray. If prayer is not leading us in battle we may be running into a fight in our flesh and miss the fact that our battle is not against flesh and blood. Kingdom men, may we be a people of prayer and STAND firm as we engage in warfare!
Daily Battle Order:
Take today to look at Jesus’ model of prayer, found in Luke 11:2-4 “He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’
Take time to reflect on what you see in scripture. Notice that Jesus gives us a model to pray. He begins with acknowledging God, he asks for provision, forgiveness, and guidance to avoid temptation. With these in mind, PRAY. Pray in a similar fashion as Jesus shows his disciples. After presenting your requests before the Lord, WAIT. Prayer without waiting, misses God speaking. After listening, reflect and meditate on what God says.
CHALLENGE: Pray for someone who has an opposing view from you.