in prayer (in the battle)

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. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Ephesians 6

The classic passage on Christian spiritual warfare ends with the call to “all prayer” (KJV). Prayer is to God in the midst of the world, the flesh and the devil. So that in a sense all prayer is in the midst of spiritual battle. If we are actually engaged in that: in the call to be strong in the Lord and take up the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes, we will most likely be regularly in prayer. For ourselves and for others.

It seems to me that the more we actually do pray, the more the spiritual enemy will be at work to stop us from praying. God has made it that our prayers actually do make a difference as to what happens and doesn’t happen in this world. Somehow God’s work has linkage to our prayers. And specifically all kinds of prayers in the Spirit.

We should expect it to get hot, for us to become befuddled if we pray seriously at all, and especially for any length of time. When that happens and it seems like we’re lost in fear or whatever we’re experiencing, that should spur us on to pray all the more. We know that something is happening, that perhaps we have the devil’s/demons’ attention, and so we should go after it all the more. Of course doing so not in our own strength or wisdom, but in the strength that God gives us. Putting on the armor that is ours in Jesus. (The link above is to that entire passage.)

To this we are called as followers of Jesus, and as God’s church.


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