How to pray – the secret weapon of a Christian

Mar 3, 2020

Ephesians 6:11-18 KJV

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. [13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: [18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

The armor is your protection and weapon. Prayer is your secret weapon. The one thing Satan wants to attack most is your prayer. Prayer requires no armor, it is the power of God. If you have armor but no prayer, your armor is going to rust away.

Pray with all prayer – we have prayer list to cover our weak spots. Just because you prayed for one weak area, Satan can attack other areas.

Romans 15:20,30 KJV
Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: [30] Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

If your prayer life is not intense, your fighting life is not going to be intense. If you resort to fleshy things to resolve things then you are going to wear out.

Do not pray selfish prayers. If you are in a battle, you’re not thinking about yourself only. You’re thinking about the whole army. Many people pray only for themselves. Selfish prayer is unanswered prayer.

James 4:3 KJV
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Be careful about charismatics – you have to play smart against the enemy. Do not say things like “I bind you Satan in the name of Jesus”. This is not scriptural.

Jude 1:9 KJV
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

The best thing we can do is to say, “Lord, I cannot deal with the devil but you can. Please deal with it for me, put a boundary around our church.” We like to blame the situation or Satan but not ourselves, but our flesh is the one that is used by Satan most often.

1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

What coincides with prayer is watching/looking. Do not think that you are so spiritual and be proud. Do not do self-justification when praying. We should always pray “Lord, if I’ve done something wrong, please show me.” We always should examine our wrong first and confess it.

Final warning

1 Timothy 5:11-13 KJV
But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; [12] Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. [13] And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

Do not be idle. Be also careful of your tongue – it has effects on other people. Do not talk so much, there are many chances for something bad to come out. If you’re good at talking, pray. If you have time on your hands, pray.