TRUTH: The Armor of God – Prayer

Most theologians and scholars of the scriptures agree that there are six elements of the Armor of God: The Belt of Truth, The Breastplate of Righteousness, Feet Fitted with the Good News (Gospel), The Shield of Faith, The Helmet of Salvation, The Sword of the Spirit (The Word of God). I submit that I have not spent years in seminary. I have not written multiple books. In fact, I have not written a single book; however, I have been called by God to live for Him. He has placed His Spirit in me (Eph. 1:13). It is through the Spirit that God exerts His power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead (Eph. 1:19). That power is activated through two primary means. The first is clearly identified in The Armor of God – The Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Because of that, I want to submit what binds all of the armor – TRUTH: The Armor of God – Prayer. Again, prayer is not officially listed as an element of the armor; however, I submit that it activates and binds all aspects of the armor along with the Spirit.

Ephesians 6

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 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 Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,20 for which I am an ambassador in chains.Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

In John 15:16, Jesus said, “ You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you”. Our inclusion in Christ is not a function of anything we did, but it is of divine choice. Jesus is indicating that the first initiative, the original and saving choice, was His. Had Jesus not chosen them, they would not have chosen Jesus. Not only that, Jesus says that anyone whom He chose were chosen not for themselves but to bear fruit. As a function of bearing fruit, Jesus says “so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” This is not a name-it or claim-it doctrine that Jesus espouses here. In the context of the passage, obedience is the priority. It is out of that obedience that Jesus clearly says that God will give us whatever we ask for that will result in us bearing fruit.

The fruit of obedience to the Spirit is outlined in Galatians 5:22-23. The Fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Additionally, the term fruit refers to anything that the follower of Christ engages in that the results have eternal significance. Jesus tells us to pray that what we are involved in produces eternal significance. The most  mundane act could result in eternal significance. If we perform that act out of service and obedience, it is a form of worship to the Lord who will receive that offering resulting in God being praised and glorified. This is what Paul tells us in Ephesians 11-12 which says, ” 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

We are in Christ for the praise of His glory. We are to commit to prayer to aid us in equipping ourselves with the The Armor of God. We are told to put on the Full Armor of God that we might STAND against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. When in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus’ primary act was to pray (Matthew 26:36-46 ). During that time, He even told the disciples to “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Prayer is the binding agent to God and to all He has given us to know, enjoy and glorify Him. 

Now, we know why we need the TRUTH: The Armor of God – Prayer

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