Preparing to Pray Effectively
The second Video in the series - Preparing to pray effectively
- How can you prepare yourself for satanic attack?
- Ephesians 6:13—Our Commander – since we are going to be using military terms (Jesus Christ) commands us to pick up our spiritual armour and put it on. Why? For the purpose of being fully prepared and enabled to withstand the dark times when the enemy attacks.
- Ephesians 6:14a—After picking up our armour in preparation for battle, we are then commanded to make a decisive act consciously and vigorously (or succession of acts which we will soon come to realize is a big part of the rest of our lives) to stand our ground firmly and fearlessly against the enemy’s assaults as he seeks to deceive, accuse, and discourage us.
- Ephesians 6:14b–15—A Roman soldier’s armour (which protected him in battle), were made up of three specific pieces of spiritual armour that must be put on by believers as a prerequisite to standing firmly and fearlessly against demonic attack. Dict. Def. ‘a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class’. (as a Christian this is your right)
- “Having girded your loins with truth.”
- The belt was critical to the rest of the equipment. All of the armour was connected to it.
- “Truth”: sincerity, truthfulness rooted in the reality of the truth of God’s Word, but here it refers to the practical application of openness and honesty in all things with God and man.
- Satan’s first attack on humankind was deception, which was followed by our hiding, denial, and blame shifting. (this will be dealt with later in the teaching)
- The belt of truth is evident in the man or woman whose mind “will practice no deceit and attempt no disguises in their walk with God.”
- Psalm 139:23–24. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (It is important we can say this before commencing any kind of warfare.)
- “Having put on the breastplate of righteousness.”
- The breastplate covered more than the midsection, from the neck to the thighs. It was also called a “heart protector.”
- “Righteousness”: uprightness, right living, integrity in one’s lifestyle and character; conforming our will with God’s will. Although rooted in the righteousness that we already possess in our standing before God through the work of Christ, this breastplate of righteousness (that guards and protects the heart) is the practical application of the truth to our lives. In other words, it is the lordship of Christ.
- Satan’s attacks are not merely deception but accusation of the believer, resulting in guilt and condemnation. When we willfully turn away from what we know is God’s will, we open ourselves to demonic influence in our lives. (Old Testament example: Saul; New Testament example: Peter.) it would be a good Biblical exercise to examine the lives of these men throughout scripture.
- Application: James 4:17. “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” Personal area to address: ______________
*leaving this area open now to allow The Holy Spirit time to examine your life before moving on!
- “Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”
- Roman sandals were tightly strapped to the entire lower leg and had nails protruding from them. They planted a soldier’s feet in certainty.
- “Preparation”: establishment—the means of a firm foundation; also conveys the idea of readiness to share the gospel, which brings peace between people and God.
- Satan not only uses deception and condemnation to neutralize believers, but he also specializes in casting doubt on the very basis of God’s goodness and the means by which we have received it—the gospel. Satan attacks grace. How? 2 Corinthians 11:3–4.
- Know and understand the content of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1–6; Eph. 2:1–9).
- Know the basis for your eternal security and the assurance of your salvation (security—Rom. 8:38–39; Eph. 1:13–14; assurance—1 John 5:11–13).
- Faith is based on facts, not feelings.
- Sharing your faith is one of the most powerful faith-builders available. Often “the best defense is a good offense.”
- I am a great believer in the ‘application of our faith’ in life because it causes us to make a stand regardless of how long we have been saved! (see below)
Submit your own will and reasoning to the Holy Spirit.
Do you will experience all kinds of interferences when you pray.
One of these is Satan. When you start praying bind his voice in the name of Jesus.
Then trust that the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all truth in other words what you need to pray for.
In Mathew 16:19 two things are very clear
- We have the authority of the believer.
- Our heavenly position helps us with our earthly perseverance
Read and make these scriptures your own as well as to strengthen your ‘faith’ Matthew 16:19; John 14:26; 15:26-27; 16:13-15; James 4:7-8; 1 Peter 5:8-9
What do I need to do to prepare for battle?
Therefore, take up the full armour of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:13–15
Accept the fact that:
- Satan was defeated at the cross.
- Sin’s penalty was paid for all people for all time.
- Sin’s power was broken.
- Yet Satan and his fallen angels continue to engage in guerrilla warfare to discourage, deceive, divide, and destroy God’s people.
- Believers are commanded to equip and prepare themselves
- to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power
- to stand firm against the enemy’s schemes.
It is imperative that we understand these principles Think about them and make them your own
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