I must admit… I like movies with battle scenes. Not the blood and guts and gore and death so much, well not that at all. I usually watch battle scenes through the crackes between my finger because my hands are cupped over my eyes. But what I do love about a battle scene, especially from a more ancient time, is the honor and conviction and comradery and good against evil of it all. I love the idea of standing for something bigger than the individual, something worth the cost!
And I love a good battle cry! Often loud and wild and coming from the very core of a person these cries were to sure up ranks and to scare the enemy.
A battle cry is not only effective but essential in battle.
Last week we looked at the importance of recognizing we are in a lifelong battle for our very souls. That opting out or sitting on the sidelines in not an option and the enemy we face is real although unseen and behind the everyday activities in our lives! He is sneaky and has schemes and strategies to take us down! But we are not left helpless, defenseless, weak or defeated We can be victorious warriors! If you have not read I AM A WARRIOR you can find it by clicking HERE.
Last week we read that God tells us to STAND FIRM in the strength of HIS might and to put on the FULL ARMOUR OF GOD. God himself has equipped us for the battle. Actually, Paul says our battle is a struggle which is often translated as wrestle. It is a close and intimate and near war encounter!
We are told to gird our loins with truth, to put on the breastplate of righteousness, shod our feet with the gospel. We are told to take up the shield of faith, take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:13-17.
But we must not forget another essential part of going into battle. It activates all the other parts and brings down from heaven the gifts we have there ready and at our disposal to be victorious against the enemy of our souls and God himself!
WITH ALL PRAYER AND PETITION PRAY AT ALL TIMES IN THE SPIRIT, AND WITH THIS IN VIEW BE ON ALERT WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE AND PETITIONS FOR ALL THE SAINTS. Ephesians 6:18
Prayer! Prayer is our battle cry!
Is prayer a hard thing for you to do on an ongoing, consistent basis? I think prayer is a discipline. I’m not at all surprised that prayer can be so difficult for so many. Just think … Satan surely knows the power it has to defeat him, so it makes sense that he will use his entire bag of trick to make sure we do everything but pray.
Without prayer our armor is ineffective. Without prayer we cannot stand! Without prayer we cannot see the unseen reality of our situation.
Without prayer we cannot see all the spiritual gifts that are storehoused in heavenly places just waiting for us to access and use to defeat the evil one! Without prayer we cannot win!
There once was a man of God named Elisha who enraged a great king. So the king set out and at night encircling the city where the prophet of God lived. He came with a great many horses and chariots and an army. The next morning a servant of Elisha went out and found the chariots and horses and army of Aram, the angry king, completely circling city. The servant ran to Elisha, probably very frightened and filled with anxiety and asked Elisha, “What shall we do”? Elisha answered, “Do not fear for those who are with us are more than those who are with them”.
Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And do you know what the servant saw? He saw the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha! 2 Kings 6: 15-17
Just like Elisha, we need to pray for God to open our eyes and help us to see beyond the physical everyday distraction of life and see that “those who are with us are more than those who are with them”. We need to pray for VISION! We need to cry out in prayer just as those ancient warriors did before going into battle! Loud and wild and not just from our core but from the very depths of our spirit!
I want to see this life through God’s eyes. To see the reality of the unseen! To be wowed by how I am encircled by armies and horses and flaming chariots. I want my battle cry of prayer to call down every spiritual blessing and gift and anything I need to stand firm and win the battle against the evil one!
I want to go to war clad up in all my Armor, alert and persevering and calling out the battle cry in prayer, OPEN MY EYES!
The memorization verses for this series:
THEREFORE, TAKE UP THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO RESIST THE EVIL DAY, AND HAVING DONE EVERYTHING, TO STAND FIRM.
STAND FIRM THEREFORE, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, AND HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND HAVING SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; IN ADDITION TO TAKING UP THE SHIELD OF FAITH WITH WHICH YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EXTINGUISH ALL THE FLAMING MISSILES OF THE EVIL ONE.
AND TAKE UP THE HELMET OF SALVATION, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD.
WITH ALL PRAYER AND PETITION PRAY AT ALL TIMES IN THE SPIRIT, AND WITH THIS IN VIEW BE ON ALERT WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE AND PETITIONS FOR ALL THE SAINTS. Ephesians 6:13-18