We have finished listing through the various items and different parts of “the armour of God” and I hope you have found it useful. Before we move on, however, there is a very important aspect of the warfare we engage in when our armour is on, mentioned in verse 18 of Ephesians 6:
“…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.”
The act of praying is the action that keeps us moving forward. It is the energy that drives us forward into the battle. You see, if we are not moving forward, “putting on” the armour may be seen as a defensive exercise. We are constantly batting away the attacks from the devil, perfectly defended by our God-given armour, yes. But without moving forward we will not be taking very much ground.
Prayer keeps us in touch with our commanding officer. When we take the time to ask Him what His plans are, we know where and how we should be fighting.
I believe that prayer energises all the other pieces of equipment, especially the sword. We use scripture when we pray it back to God and remind Him of His promises and what He has said.
The fighting we engage in is not a ‘one- off’ fight, but rather something we need to be prepared for every day. We need to always be on our guard and in a permanent state of readiness. Look at some of the language in the following passages:
“…But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)
“…But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word”. (Acts 6:4)
“…Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving”. (Colossians 4:2)
“…..do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
“…..pray without ceasing”. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
“…..I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day”. (2 Timothy 1:3)
Prayer should not just be reserved for prayer meetings. It should be an attitude we take with us every day. Prayer is communicating with our Father, thanking Him, making requests, interceding for others, praising Him etc. It’s not always easy. When life doesn’t go smoothly we can ask Him “Why did that happen?” So many things happen to us that we don’t understand, it can feel like God has forgotten us or even that He doesn’t care. At times like these we must push through in prayer and trust Him that He knows what He is doing.
My final thoughts on this subject are that whatever happens to us, we know we are on the winning side and we have a great captain who is leading His troops into victory. If the battle seems harsh at the moment, take heart that the victory is won and that you have been equipped to stand your ground, and that….
“….no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)