Ephesians 6: 10-18
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
SUMMARY OF SUNDAY’S MESSAGE (28TH MAY)
There are spiritual forces of evil whose desire is to draw you outside of your design, to distract you and prevent you from accessing your destiny. Beyond that, on a global scale, the enemy’s agenda is always the same – to steal, kill and destroy.
Jesus said: “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16: 33) There’s no way to escape that. Equally we don’t want to allow cynicism to creep in and steal our hope.
How do we make our faith real and keep hope alive in those moments?
The imagery in Ephesians 6 is that we are fully immersed in the presence and peace of Jesus. The best thing we can do in battle is to stay focused on Jesus.
‘Pray in the Spirit’ is how we clothe ourselves in Christ. The Holy Spirit shows us and enables us to declare God’s truth, faithfulness, peace, salvation and righteousness. We pray in the nature and favour of God.
We don’t come to prayer begging or bargaining with God. We already have every blessing in Christ so we come to rest in His favour.
We pray as participants in a conversation which is already happening. The Holy Spirit is already interceding for us. The best prayer is where we hear what the Spirit is saying and we simply repeat it, declare it and affirm it.
Sometimes it’s really difficult to overhear what He’s saying. We need to spend time resting in His presence. Without His presence all we have is our best effort which is never going to be enough. There’s no power outside His presence.
To pray in the Spirit is also to pray in our spiritual language, also called the gift of tongues. It is a love language that moves God’s heart. Don’t allow excesses in spiritual gifts to cause you to reject them. As we speak in tongues we are praying God’s will into being. That’s why the enemy resists tongues so much.
Soak in His presence. We often trade His presence for religion and church. If we will give ourselves to praying in His presence we will be able to stand strong through every season of life.