“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 6:18 NIV)
Prayer is your most potent weapon.
Reaching out to the Creator in conversation is more potent than any human-made tool. If we connected with God as much as we connect with our cell phones, can you imagine the impact on this world? What if, every time you picked up your phone, you used it as a reminder to pray? Whoever you’re connecting with through the cell, pray for them. Our phones are an extension of who we are today. If we use them as a reminder to pray, God becomes part of us as well.
Prayer pinpoints the battle.
When we take time to pray first, God centers our minds. Prayer reminds us our battle is not against flesh and blood, but the spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12 NIV). Our eyes look past what we can see for what is unseen. Instead of letting anger wedge itself into our relationships, we respond with grace. We build instead of destroy when we use prayer as our weapon.
God’s armor clothes us as we look to Him for strength:
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…Stand firm…with the belt of truth…the breastplate of righteousness…the gospel of peace…take up the shield of faith…the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:13-17 NIV)
Wars fought with physical weapons have no winners. Each side loses brave warriors as they battle to “victory.” Wars end because resources to fight run out, not because they give up. If someone is committed enough to give their life for a cause, they don’t quit easily. Jesus is the Master of living up to His commitments.
“…but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV)
Jesus is the friend who sticks closer than anyone. He died for you because He loves you. When we access the power of the Holy Spirit, we do it through our relationship with Him:
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—” (John 15:16 NIV)
God has given us His Spirit to guide and direct us. When we pray, His Spirit helps us communicate. Words aren’t necessary; God understands our groanings. As we unburden ourselves to Him, His Spirit renews within us.
Prayer is the weapon to choose first in today’s battle. Whatever the mountain is, start the climb with God. Let Him lead you to victory.
Question of the Day:
Have you used prayer in your battle?