Ephesians 6, prayer, Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare by Sarah Whybrew.

Wearing the armour of God is an important part of our daily lives, as we are reminded in Ephesians 6:12, ‘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.’

Prayer is an essential armour piece for this struggle. We need God’s help, this is not a struggle we can overcome in our own strength.

This session on spiritual warfare reminded us that are in the time of the ‘in between’, after Christ’s death and resurrection and yet before Christ comes again to bring justice and grace for those who have called on His name and rely on His rescue. We need to be people that are constantly praying “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:10).

It’s important that we get our perspective of Satan and the spiritual forces of evil in the world right. For example, we may be tempted to attribute every trial and difficulty to Satan which may lead us to spend a lot of time worrying and thinking about him, presuming he is involved in everything rather than remembering the Sovereignty of God Almighty. On the other hand we may dismiss the idea of the spiritual forces of evil in this world and ignore the reality of their presence in the world around us. Neither are helpful, we need to be centred on Jesus, who willingly came to die and be brought back to life to save us in accordance with God’s love for us. We pray to Him who has won the victory for us and is King of kings and Lord of lords seated at the right hand side of the Father in Heaven, we are more than conquerors!

Pete Greig drew our attention to these three points:

Pray it – persevering in prayer and predominantly praying in goodness rather than praying out bad, for God’s love will drive out evil.

Practice it – live in the equal but opposite way, for example where there are lies we should declare the truth, or where there is immorality live with authenticity and purity.

Preach it – focus on telling people about Jesus rather than focusing on talking about evil.

We hope you have found it helpful to hear about our journey through the Prayer Course. You can access the videos and other materials online for free by signing up for an account via https://www.prayercourse.org

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