Sunday, August 1, 2021

Ephesians 6:17-18 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Ephesians 6:17-18

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.


Many of us know that prayer is powerful, but do we realize how powerful? Paul includes prayer in the armor of God in Ephesians! Prayer can be both offense and defense, and the enemy knows it. That’s why he fights so hard to keep us from doing it. The busyness of life, the wandering mind, maybe he tells you that it doesn’t work or that God doesn’t care. It doesn’t matter to him what you do or what you believe as long as you’re not believing the Truth!


Prayer involves humility, which is a characteristic of Christ, not the enemy! I don’t go into His throne room throwing my weight around and demanding things but rather come in humbly as a servant, and He exalts me to His son! Prayer also shows who you're putting your trust in. Are you trusting God with your problems or the person down the street? Take yourself, your whole self, and everything that comes with it to the Lord and lay it at His feet!


Is your faith in the Father or in the flesh? Prayer also helps us to get our hearts right before God and in the right position to be filled with His Spirit! When we pray for others (especially for those who hurt us or who we don’t agree with), we are following in Christ’s footsteps, and trust me, that is pleasing to our Father in Heaven! There are so many benefits to prayer and absolutely no drawbacks!


Luke 5:16 - But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.


Jesus did it, so why don’t we? If Jesus knew He had to stay prayed up, then who are we to think any different? Jesus is setting the example that the only way to walk the road of the Cross is to stay in direct contact with the Father and allow Him to lead you! Our strength, peace, joy, hope, love, and success are directly related to our relationship with our Heavenly Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit! So, let’s hit our knees and rest in His Presence today!


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God Almighty, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!




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