Many of us live our lives, in the comfort of our bodies, unaware of the war raging all around us. If we were more aware, then maybe we would see challenges throughout our day as more than superficial struggles.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesians 6:12 NIV
The enemy is after us. The moment we surrendered our life to God, satan put a target on us.
Don't think a sly remark said to you was a mishap spoken from another. A wayward glance from someone will be used against you. Sickness will keep you from trusting God's goodness. The enemy will whisper words of defeat when you sin. And the distractions?! Oh, they are plentiful! Unfinished tasks and unexpected interruptions will be used to pull you away from spending time with God.
It's no mistake my mind hit a wall as I begin writing for this week.
Spiritual warfare is real. At best, the enemy will try and make us believe it's not. Here's our hope though: We fight with the power God provides—by putting on his armor and praying.
“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 saints.”
Ephesians 6:18, NIV
Anybody can pray, but what will it take for us to war in prayer against the enemy?
Pray til we are weary. Choose prayer over comfort. Fervently pray for other believers. Pray Scripture verses. Pray continually throughout the day. Suffer as Christ suffered. And remember: War is raging all around us. Don't become numb to this fact. The enemy's goal is for you to forget.
Join me this week as we study in Ephesians 6. Click here to download this week's reading guide. Let's begin by reading Monday's passage.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11, NIV.
Consider the following:
Where do we get our strength?
What part of God's armor are we to put on?
Think of one area of your life that is a spiritual battle right now. How will you fight against it today?
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