Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday's Devo: Prayer is a Weapon

Last week I was challenged by Jaime to pray for ten women. I also saw on Facebook that Shelli Littleton asked for descriptions of how people use prayer to focus on others instead of themselves.

The first thing I see in my mind is this:

She no sooner posted the question on Facebook and my fingers flew onto the keyboard:
For me, prayer is a weapon.
Perhaps that is why I cringe a bit when I hear people praying a glib, "Lord, please be with...(insert name)." type of prayers. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with those prayers. But, I'm just asking, does Eowyn (Lord of the Rings, Return of the King) look like she's thinking "Lord, be with me..."??? Don't you suppose she knows precisely whose army she marches in, and whose authority she wields her sword by? I suppose she knows the battle tactics and she knows her enemy's advances. I believe she has no wavering doubt the cause for which she fights.

When I read in Ephesians 6:10-18 about the Full Armor of God, it feels serious and weighty, much like this scene where Eowyn feels the weight of the sword she will carry into battle:

But God has given us careful instructions about what to wear into battle. Your helmet identifies which army you march with, and what King you serve, which King has saved you. Your sword is the Words God gives us, His holy scriptures, prophesies, Jesus's words...repeat them as you pray.  Wear a breastplate armor, which is over your heart--the place where the Holy Trinity transforms your ugly and broken parts to something beautiful and righteous--and by this, makes you an overcomer. And because you know this is the work of God's Spirit in you, and bear witness by the telling of His work in your life, you will have peace to stand your ground in Him, and it will gird you up and hold your feet to the right path when you remember what He has done and is doing in you. Yet do not forget to hold up your faith, the evidence of things unseen, to shield yourselves from fiery attacks that would wear you down and make you drop your shield, giving open access to your heart, leaving it unprotected. And when you have done all this, lift your sword and shield and wait for the indwelling of the Spirit by which you will receive your marching orders to move:

Doesn't she look like she already knows after all this preparation, that God is with her?

Ephesians 6:10-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].
14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the [a]firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness [b]produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit [d]wields, which is the Word of God.
18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

This week, try praying this scripture in a new way and see what God may have in store for you.
Blog post by Anne Love-
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  1. Thisisagreat reminder, thankyou Anne!

  2. Haha, my tablet's predictive text didn't put in the spaces between words. ;)

  3. And really all we need is God on our side in our battles. Look at little David and what he used to slay Goliath. The King tried to get David to wear some weighty armor but he refused knowing it would only encumber him. Of course like you said we should empower ourselves with spiritual "armor" before we head out into battle each and every day!

  4. One of my favorite passages, Anne. :)

  5. Wonderful post and reminder, Anne - thank you!! Prayer is not something to be taken lightly and accomplishes much!! I always love reading the expanded versions of verses in the Amplified Bible!!

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    1. Prayer is something I think I'll continue to learn about until my last breath. There's not just one way to do it, but the power God wields with it, makes me pause... and thank you for sharing this!


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