Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
I write tonight with hope in my heart. In the past few weeks I have talked to friends who are burden and dealing with some tough things in their life. I write tonight to tell them (and myself) that we are not alone. Today in worship the pastor the church I have attended twice and I think will be my church here in Atlantic preached on the war we are fighting. Once again God has connected lessons in the last few weeks for me into the bigger picture he is achieving. This is what I was reminded of. Something I at times forget:
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
I think we need to be reminded of this message. We are not here on Earth forever; our home is with God in Heaven. While this may not be our home, we have to be prepared to fight until we get there. We have forces that are trying to tell us that we are not worthy, that we are sinners, that we don’t deserve what God promises to his people. However, we have an amazing arsenal at our disposure. The problem is that we forget time to time that we have it and all we have to do is take it with us. Like Pastor Dale said this morning, we know we have God’s armor; we just have to remember to put it on. J
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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 6:13-18
Pastor Dale’s last thought for the morning focused on prayer. Prayer is our way to speak and listen to God. It is our biggest tool we have to fight the evil one during our time here on Earth. Prayer and fasting is what my friends at LCF and Open Bible have been called by God to do these past few months. Prayer is the strongest tool we have against the evil one. So to those I know who have been fighting the evil one, those who have been brought down by his persistent reminders of pain, those who have fallen so deep into his charms, GOD is there, ready and willing to fight with you and give the equipment for you to fight the battle. God is awaiting the prayers of his people.
To my friends at LCF, the evil one is angry with the amazing work you have begun. Keep it up!! I can see him fighting against the prayers you have set forth. Don’t lose heart, God will prevail, you are making it happen. To my friends at Open Bible, keep moving and pushing to bring forth change God is demanding of his people. Keep up your discipleship; keep fighting this never ending war. To the other prayer warriors in my life, keep making a difference you put forth everyday. I know that these prayers are making a difference, the evil one is pushing so hard against it. So be strong, use God’s armor and keep making a difference in the world that surrounds you.
“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:13-16