All year long, we have been studying about various kinds of prayers. But one thing that should be apparent to you by now, is that “Prayer that Changes THINGS!” Amen! And prayer in the name of Jesus what WILL change things! Through this study – we want to learn to access ALL the things Jesus gained for us at the cross and through His sacrifice…Amen!
Let’s look at Ephesians 6:10-18:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
In the Power of HIS might…YOU put on the FULL armor of God…it’s His armor and He has given to Jesus – who wore it successfully while He was here on the earth….and then Jesus is giving it to YOU to wear! Amen…! He gives us His armor and His Power and His Might and His Authority – Amen! The FULL armor of God ENABLES us and gives to us HIS Power and Might that comes with His armor…
This is what you are learning here…How to pray IN the Power of God and not as so many people do as they rehearse the problem and circumstances… “I’m so broke – I can’t pay attention….I’m so sick…I’m so desperate…OH GOD, why don’t you help me?” Actually, that is NOT a prayer at all – it IS rehearsing and giving authority to the problem!
Verse 12…We are NOT wrestling against flesh and blood…man is not your problem…the devil will use man…but the problem is the devil…that is one you need to be praying against…amen! Ephesians 2:2 talks about the Prince of the Power of the Air…that is the atmosphere…not in Heaven…Heaven is secure…the devil has no access there…but from Heaven down…he has principalities and rulers of the darkness in place…these are the ones we are in battle against and the ones we need to pray against…amen!
When we stand and wear God’s armor…we need to wear ALL of it! He spells out everything we need to do prior to Ephesians six in this life…he talks about what to do if you are an employer…an employee…what to do in your family…so after you do these things he instructs…STAND! Different kinds of prayer require different things we need to do when praying in order to accomplish specific things and desires we want to come to pass…But in EVERY type of prayer…there are certain laws which must be implemented…We always use the name of Jesus; we always pray in the Power of His Name; we always use His Authority; we always stand in our Faith.
Faith makes prayer work! Prayer DOES NOT make Faith work! Let me say that again so you can understand it….Faith makes prayer work – prayer does not make Faith work. You can use your faith with out being in a state of prayer…but you cannot pray without using your faith.. Prayer that changes THINGS – these kinds of prayers bring circumstances in line with the Word of God….
That’s all the time we have for today. We will pick it up right here next time.
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