Equipped for Battle as We Prayerwalk
In preparation for today, read Ephesians 6:10-18. Obviously, the battle with enemy forces is a real battle. Let us take a brief look at the six pieces of armor.
- The belt of truth: When we have truth firmly attached, we are less likely to be tricked by the enemy.
- The breastplate of righteousness: Covers the heart and other vital organs. Just as the breastplate covered the physical heart of the Roman soldier, the breastplate of righteousness covers our spiritual heart.
- The shoes of the gospel: So that we are ready at all times for quick and decisive movement in spreading the good news. As we walk around in this life, we must be firmly established spiritually to maintain. We must know the peace of God by having peace with God.
- The shield of faith: To protect us from the fiery darts of the enemy. We have faith as a gift from God but we can also increase in faith (Rom.10:17).
- The helmet of salvation: The helmet covers a most vulnerable part of the body. The necessity of the helmet of salvation is for the protection of the mind; what we believe.
- The sword of the Spirit: The sword is both an offensive and a defensive part of the outfit for the soldier. Our sword is the Word of God. We need to read it, study it, memorize it, meditate upon it, and apply it to do battle everyday.
- As you begin your day, literally walk through the six pieces of armor
- Recommit to the Word as ‘the’ source of truth. Know that the righteousness you have as a blessing from God is there to guard your heart from the attacks of the enemy. Be ready to share the message of the gospel. Live a life a faith and increase in faith. Be clear in your mind about what you believe and do not let the enemy deter you. Know the Word is there for us offensively and defensively.
- Pray where the enemy is being successful. Pray that the light of truth would penetrate that area.
- Did you have an experience (or several) today where the flesh tried to direct your thoughts or actions?
- What did you do? How did you respond?
- What piece of armor was the most useful?
Prayerwalking in the World
As we begin today, open your Bible and read Eph. 2:1-3. There we find a primary force and problem we face everyday. Did you see it? Yes, it is the world. We live in a world system that is under the sway of the evil one. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey the direct command of God, sin entered into the world (Rom. 5:12). Thus far, we can see three things going against us all day long. They are sin, the enemy, and this world system.
What are some of the evidences of the corruptness in this world system? Deception, dishonesty, abuse are just three. You can think of others. However, remember: Deception exists because people are deceptive. Dishonesty exists because people are dishonest. Abuse happens because people are abusive. They need to be delivered from the power of sin that grips them and motivates them to commit sins. They need the gospel. Read Romans 1:16-17.
- As you walk today, be mindful of the three enemies we face.
- Read Ephesians 6:10-18 and be reminded of the armor we need to wear.
- Notice people and pray for people who need to be delivered from the influence of the world and our other two enemies.
- Share the gospel as you have opportunity.
- Did you find yourself hindered as you lived life today?
- What truth did the Holy Spirit give you to confront this hindrance?
- How were you led to intercede for others today?
Spiritual Warfare and the Church
When we put too much focus on our enemy, or our problems, they seem larger than our all powerful Lord God. In those moments, we need to step back, take a fresh look at our Lord, and see how small our enemy is by comparison. What did the enemies of the church say about the believers in Acts 17:6? What a badge of honor to wear.
From the early church we see, in the book of Acts, four central elements that were prominent. See if you can find them.
- ______ (1:14; 3:1; 4:24; 6:4)
- _____ ___ _____ (4:32-37)
- ________ ____ (4:19-20)
- __________ _____ (3:12vv; 4:8vv)
Rather than focusing on their problems or the enemy, they focused on the Lord. When we pray, we are doing spiritual warfare. We are invading the enemy’s territory (See Eph. 2:1-2). We do not focus on him, we focus on the Lord, but we are not unaware of the battle that rages.
- Walk in victory
- Walk with your spiritual eyes open
- Be aware of the war that rages
- Review the four elements
- Intercede where the Lord leads
- As you review the four elements that were prominent in the early church, are there any areas where you need to improve?
- Confess this using 1 John 1:9 and then improve in that area.
- Prayer (1:14; 3:1; 4:24; 6:4)
- Living out truth (4:32-37)
- Standing firm (4:19-20)
- Proclaiming truth (3:12vv; 4:8vv)
Prayerwalking and Spiritual Warfare
A pattern has existed for nearly 2,000 years. From the beginning of the New Testament church, that pattern has been response and resistance. There have been and continue to be those who respond favorably and embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior. There have also been those who passively or very actively resist our Lord and His gospel message.
When we face resistance or outright opposition to the gospel, how should we respond? Some of the earliest followers of Jesus give us tremendous insight. What did Peter and John do in Acts 4 when they were told to not mention another word about Jesus?
- They answered respectfully (vv.19-20)
- They fellowshipped with believers (v.23)
- They praised God (vv.24-28)
- They sought boldness to continue (vv.29-31). This boldness has continued down through the years at various levels.
When we face opposition to the gospel message, we are in the midst of spiritual warfare. As we engage in warfare, the words of Ephesians 6:12 are vital. Read that verse and fill in the blanks. We do not fight with ____ _____ but with ____ forces. The opposition we face is often manifested in other people but we do battle with the enemy and evil forces. One of the ways we do battle is on our knees and on our feet in prayer. There are several truths to remember as we engage the enemy and his territory.
- Do not believe Satan. He will lie to you (Gen 3:1-8)
- Do not carry on a conversation with him (vv.2-3)
- Do not focus on him
- Trust God, Jesus, and His Word as you follow the Holy Spirit (John 14:1, 6; 17:17; Rom. 3:4)
- Talk to the Father throughout your day (Luke 18:1; 1 Thess. 5:17)
- Focus on the Lord (Heb. 12:1-2)
Throughout Your Day:
- Praise God in prayer as you walk.
- Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
- Go to a place where the enemy has great influence. Claim God’s power and presence on that place to reclaim that ground for His glory.
- Be aware of the tendency to focus on the enemy. Immediately refocus on the Father, our Lord, and the Holy Spirit.
- What did you experience today?
- Did you experience any struggles?
- Did the enemy hinder you in a specific way?
- How did you respond?
Consider how the disciples felt when Jesus told them of His departure in John 13. Then, imagine their comfort (though they could not know it and feel it completely at that time) when He told them the Holy Spirit was coming who would be with them and in them.
Read John 16:1-13
What are the names Jesus gave the Holy Spirit?
- The ______ (v.7)
- The _____ __ _____ (v.13)
- Remember, if you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit is in you not just with you.
- Remember, you are not alone.
- Remember, it is not you against the world.
- You are not strong enough to fight the enemy by yourself; but then we do not have to. Read 1 John 4:4 for some reassurance.
- Did you have opportunity to sense the Holy Spirit in you today?
- Were there any specific situations where you sensed the Holy Spirit guiding you?
- Did you have any unique spiritual encounters or spiritual experiences today?
- Was there a time when you sensed the Holy Spirit guiding you and you resisted His leadership? How did you feel afterwards?
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Answers: Helper; Spirit of truth
As you walk with the Lord today, there are several truths to consider. Read the accompanying passage and complete the blanks below. After you have read the passage and completed the missing words, check your answers with the answers below.
- The enemy desires to ________ with us. (Gen. 3:1-3)
- The enemy seeks to ________ us from a faithful walk with God. (Gen. 3:4-5)
- The enemy plans to _______ us. (Rev. 12:9)
- The enemy was and is ________ by the death of Jesus. (Rom 5:6, 8)
Throughout Your Day
- Thank God for His marvelous and matchless love that paid your debt for you. (Rom. 5:6, 8)
- Thank Him for your salvation. (Eph. 2:4-9)
- Consider deeply the truth that without Him you would still be lost in sin. (John 6:44)
- Ask Him to show you and remind you of His love for you.
- Have you ever had someone forgive a debt just because they wanted to? What did that feel like?
- Did you stop during the day today and consider the tremendous debt we owe(d) God because of sin? Have you asked Him to forgive you of that debt?
- If you have been saved, did you pause today and thank God for His forgiveness? How long ago were you saved?
- Was today the day you asked God to forgive you on the basis of what Jesus did on the cross? If so, write me firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you still need to do that, give me shout so we can talk.
Answers: (dialogue; separate; deceive; defeated)