(2 Corinthians 10:3-4) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapon of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strong holds.
Prayer is a major weapon in fighting spiritual battle. Ephesians 6:10-12, outline some of the armaments in the arsenal of God. We are reminded that ultimately our struggles are not against humans, but against powerful spiritual beings and forces in the “heavenly places” (the spiritual realm which directly influences the natural, material realm).
The picture here is that of a war. Life as a Christian is not a playground; it is a battlefield. While there is much beauty and love in the world, it is often bent and twisted by our fall and Satan machinations. Thus, the war for souls between God and Satan is fought with Christian Co-combatants with Him. In the battle, the Christian is already declared a victor by God. What we need do is align ourselves with God.
We are instructed by Paul, an experience solider in this combat, to be appropriately clad and armed for our struggle. In this passage, he uses some of the most vivid imagery in the New Testament. Modeling a Roman Legionnaire, we are to put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, loins girded with truth, feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel, shield of Faith, sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God. Let us put on the whole armor so that we can defeat the devil.
Now, we have a complete set of armor and weaponry. Let us put on the whole armor. One of the arsenals God has given to us is persistent prayer. Notice what he says: “With all prayer and petition, pray… with all perseverance and prayer, pray…” This confirms that prayer is the believers’ greatest weapon in spiritual warfare.
Meditation: Prayer is that spiritual arsenal against the devil and his cohort.
RM: The Importance of Prayer
Prayer: My Father, my God, grants me grace for prayer. I unleash my arsenal for prayer in Jesus name, Amen.