Prayer

Ephesians 6:10, 18

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. . . Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

Jesus taught us to pray for guidance away from the evil one; “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Each day we face powers of good and evil and we have to make a decision which one to choose. By ourselves, these decisions are difficult to make because the temptations of the world weigh heavily on us.

Even Jesus prayed this prayer over and over again. Jesus was taken into the wilderness by the Spirit for 40 days and was tempted by the devil with all the splendors of the world, but during all of this, Jesus relied on the Spirit through prayer to fight the devil’s temptations. Jesus, the Son of God, made sure that he prayed through the Spirit to fight the things that are spiritual.

Prayer is our best tool in fighting the things that are unseen. When we pray, we forgo our weakness to rely on God’s strength to guide us. Without prayer, we are defenseless to the powers of the world. When we are praying, we are connected to God, his desires, and his heart.

Prayer is such an important part in battling with spiritual warfare. Through prayer, we are able to seek God and his wisdom to receive the tools that we need for the battle.

Reflect

  1. What is the most difficult thing about praying?
  2. What does it look like to pray "all kinds of prayers and requests?”

Pray

God, help us to pray as your son, Jesus, taught us.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
(Matthew 6:9-13)

Clay and Ashton Merriman, April 20, 2020
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