Sword of the Spirit: Praying

Saturday September 13, 2014

Ephesians 6:10-19 tells us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of Hismight. The weakest person can be as strong as God is, but apart from Him, we can do nothing. Do not be afraid of the weak and hard times. Enemies are meant for you to defeat in the strength of the Lord. Who would David have been without a Goliath? Teach your enemies a lesson. When you cannot make it, He can. The devil is evil and tricky. God and the devil NEVER agree. God will bring good things around, but He does not cause the bad. Be a person who looks for good. Put on the armor of God so that you can stand against the tricks and strategies of the devil. Do not wrestle against people, but leave the door open for them to come to you after they repent. Dealing with principalities and power in prayer and spiritual warfare is  dealing on a higher level than with earthly authorities. Stand against the devil, so you can withstand in the evil day. Standing is warning the devil, “You will NOT take this away!” Do not chase after what Jesus already purchased, but just stand in it. The devil is defeated, so we do not have to wrestle with him. When we stand girded and equipped, we have the sword of the Spirit, praying always with all prayer and supplication. The two-edged sword coming out of His mouth is the Word of God prayed. The Scripture can be applied to your life. Apostle Dale tells of the Spirit using Scripture that he had in him to pray for their son, Ethen. He also shared about the Spirit waking him up at 3 AM to pray Psalm 75. He later found out that that was when Pastor Demidovich had been captured and later released. Pray in the Spirit and let the Spirit lead you to Scriptures to pray. Obey the voice of the Lord (Deuteronomy 28:1). Let the Spirit tell you what to do, and if you obey Him, He will set you high above the nations of the world. If the voice you hear tells you to do anything that violates His commandments, it is not God’s voice you are hearing! (Apostle Dale also shared about upcoming personal changes.)  Other Scriptures: Psalm 2:1-8; Acts 4:23-31.