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After Paul walks us through the armor to stand firm, he ends by telling us to pray.
“With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18, HCSB).
Prayer is one of the most undervalued piece of warfare that a Christian has. That direct line with God. Many will argue that it is not a direct line because you cannot hear him like if I called you on the phone right now you could hear my voice. However, I know, from just my experience, that the more time I spend in prayer with God the more my soul learns how to hear Him. Almost, like my ears are not even able but my soul… where His Spirit resides… my soul hears Him.
Prayer is the key to standing firm. This communication between you and the creator is essential in your Christian walk. Have you spent time in prayer with Him today? Have you asked for His guidance or where He wants you to go?
I know in my own life if I do not intentionally stop and make time to pray… it is not going to happen. So, the last thing to complete your armor is the praying tongue, the praying mind, the praying heart. Jesus expects us to pray (Matthew 6:5,6,7,9 Luke 11:9, 18:1). God’s Word makes clear that we should pray (Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Prayer is a learned subject…
By praying. By meditating on Scripture. By praying with others.
So, I have a challenge for you. A 30-day prayer challenge.
- Every day spend time praying from the heart (this can be anything that is in your daily life, anything that you are happy about to mad about. Repent of sin)…Write it down with the date.
- Also, under that date read a chapter of any book in the Bible you want to read… read the first chapter and meditate on those words. Ask the Spirit to help you understand it and show you what He wants you to see. Write it down.
- When a friend asks you for prayer, pray right there for them! Don’t say, “Okay I will pray for you.” Pray with them right there.
So, let’s pray!
Thank you so much that we get to come to you in prayer. That when we seek you first that you will show us the way. By following you and listening deeply to you, we are reassured and equipped to stand firm in a world that wants us to drift. I pray that we do not let anything stop us from coming to you and seeking to know you more through prayer. I am praying that every daughter will empty their heart before you Lord! In your precious and Holy name, we pray!