Growing up, I attended a Christian school. We had to memorize various passages of Scripture, some of which I still remember. One passage that I LOVED memorizing was the Armor of God, found in Ephesians 6. This is such a powerful passage. I remember when my mom developed a curriculum for our church’s Wednesday night children’s ministry and the fun we had with it. But the armor of God is just that…armor. It’s something we have to PUT ON every day. It takes effort. It takes remembering. It can be difficult.
I always knew that most of the armor of God is to protect us…breastplate, sandals, belt, etc. Of course, we need to ALWAYS have our sword with us, the Word of God.
But did you know that there’s a secret weapon?!?
That’s right! If we keep reading in Ephesians 6, we’ll find it…PRAYER! Even if you put on your armor listed in Ephesians 6:1-17, you still need to PRAY!
I want to share three things about our secret weapon.
First, let’s look at the DEFINITION of prayer. Prayer is talking with God…pretty simple right? But prayer can be difficult. It’s often hard to stay focused. Prayer can be taken anywhere…the fiery furnace, the lions’ den, the classroom, the boardroom, the living room, etc. Prayer is powerful. The devil knows the power of prayer and will do whatever he can to keep us from praying.
Second, I want to share a DESCRIPTION of prayer. Prayer should be constant. Ephesians 6:18 says to “pray at all times” and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray continually” or “pray always”. This means having a constant awareness of God’s presence. We should communicate with Him throughout the entire day. But Jesus warns in Matthew 6:7 to not use meaningless words. There’s also a classification of our prayers. Ephesians 6:18 says “with all prayer and petition”. So what types of prayers are there? Here are a few:
- formal and informal prayers
- silent and vocal prayers
- private and public prayers
- spontaneous and planned prayers
- prayers of thanksgiving and prayers of supplication
- worshipful prayers and emergency prayers
Prayer also has a companion. Ephesians 6:18 says to pray “in the Spirit”. Romans 8:26-27 encourages us to have God-centered prayers.
And one last thing about our secret weapon…we must have a DETERMINATION IN USING prayer as our secret weapon. We must be alert as Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:18. We need to look for opportunities to pray. But we also need to look for things that Satan throws in our way to hinder our prayers. We must be active. Paul says to pray “with all perseverance”. We need to keep praying until God answers or tells us to stop asking because it’s not in His will. We must be asking. Paul says to pray “for all saints”. We need to pray for each other in the family of God.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with someone specific on your mind? Have you ever been driving down the road and someone come to mind? Those may be prompts from God to PRAY for that person. We don’t need to know specific requests or circumstances. We just need to follow the Holy Spirit’s prompting and PRAY for them.
You never know…your prayer may be just what someone else needs!
So, don’t hide your secret weapon, and don’t forget to carry it with you WHEREVER you go! No one can take it from you, but it’s up to YOU to use it!