God’s Armor 2
“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” Ephesians 6:18
Yesterday we talked about the armor of God and how to put it on, but we didn’t cover the last 2 pieces of armor mentioned in verse 18, praying in the spirit and watching out for your brothers and sisters in the LORD. These last two are not included with the “put on” pieces of armor because they are different. They are relational as opposed to the other pieces that are personal. Praying and watching out for others is all about our relationships with God and others.
Praying in the (Holy) Spirit is so important, because sometimes we don’t even know how to pray for a situation or what the right outcome should be to glorify God. Sometimes when I pray for something so long I feel like I am praying the same words repeatedly just because I don’t know how else I should pray about the situation. Praying in the Spirit is praying from our heart not our mind. You can pray what is in your heart and the spirit transfers that to God. Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” When we don’t know what to pray or we may be too overwhelmed to pray, the Spirit helps when we are weak and makes intercession for us. Glory to God!
Then watching out for our spiritual family by praying for them and encouraging them is the last part of the armor. It is never good to be alone. When you get away from your Christian friends and family, you are opening yourself up to be vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks. That’s why this is included as part of God’s protection. He counts on us to look out for each other and take care of one another.
Today I want to encourage you to use these last two pieces of armor by praying for others who need your support and encouragement. If you can’t think of anyone who needs it right now, ask God to put someone on your heart that may be struggling even though you don’t know about it yet. Then pray for them in the Spirit and let the Holy Spirit intercede for you. He knows the best way.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 6:18-20