In Ephesians chapter six, Paul tells us to “…take up the whole armour of God” so that we will be able to “withstand the evil day, and having done all; to stand”. Then, after listing the items of armour, he adds a final foundational essential; Prayer. Yes, says Paul; as well as taking the ‘whole armour of God’ we must pray.
The components of the Armour; Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit (The Word of God), is our covering and weaponry. To use it effectively, and in constant readiness, we need to pray. It is prayer that keeps the armour bright and the Sword of the Spirit sharp.
Praise God for the vision of being a well armoured and prayerful fellowship. Prayer keeps us focused. Prayer keeps us in relationship with each other. Prayer keeps us in touch with heaven so that our Father’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.
It is by praying together that we stand together with one heart, one mind, and having the same love. (Philippians 2v2). Prayer keeps us facing the same way with our Shields of Faith interlocking so that no ‘fiery darts‘ of the enemy can get through, and none of his ‘cunning schemes’ succeed.
Think of it; how to pray was the only subject the disciples asked him to teach them, and in Luke 11 v1-13 we have a full record of their request, and his reply. They had seen him praying, they had heard him praying and they had experienced the results of his praying. No wonder they asked, “Lord, teach us to pray”.
As we finish up the current ministry series on Isaiah 56 v7 “My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations” let’s be encouraged and blessed by the thought that we are God’s House, the dwelling place of God by the Spirit. By His grace and with His help, we can truly be a “House of Prayer”, clothed with his armour, connected by prayer, and overflowing with his love.