Prayer is your best weapon in life
Although prayer is not one of the pieces of the whole armor of God, Paul closes his list by saying, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18). Even when you are clothed with the armor of God, you need to bathe it all in prayer. Prayer brings you into communion and fellowship with God so that His armor can protect you.
My children, like many of yours, enjoyed certain video games. When reaching a certain level you could aquire different weapons to assist you in your quest for victory. I have never been good at video games but I do like to make the choices in life that will give me victory. As a Christian, I know my victory is in Jesus so, what weapon can I use in my life that would help assist me in this game of life? Ephesians 6: 1-18 lists the “Whole armor of God.” Remember, even when you have the whole armor in place you still need to be bathed (covered) in prayer, all the strategies, weapons, committies, and such like have no strength without the relationship with Jesus that comes through prayer.
While Jesus walked with his disciples they saw many miracles, visited various places and knew Jesus intimately. They knew His desire to pray to the Father. Considering all the things Jesus did, even raising folks from the dead, what one thing did the disciples request to be taught, not a seminar on food production, not a quick course on how to raise the dead, but they asked the Lord, teach us to pray. (Luke 11:1-4). In this passage we learn how to pray, what needs to be in the pray but most importantly, pray.
This past week was the National Day of Prayer. I’m grateful for this national effort but obviously more that one day out of the year is needed. II Thess. 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. Pray every day in ever occasion to keep yourself and others covered in prayer. So, why is this the “Forgotten Weapon”? because we have underestimated the power of prayer. We may pray for our meals, that’s a great thing but aren’t we about more than food? My desire, like yours is to be more like Jesus. This includes following His example in prayer. Jesus prayed in every instance of His life, shouldn’t we?
You’ve been given the ability to choose a weapon to help you be victorius, choose prayer, choose Jesus.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)