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January 4th, 2018 - Eph 6:18-20

                    Daily Devotional <> Thursday <> January 4, 2018

                    Concerning Christian warfare-4 <> Ephesians 6:18-20

                           Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Prayer is not mentioned as a part of the armor; but, we would not be overrating its importance if we say, that it is the atmosphere in which the soldier must live & breathe. It is the spirit in which we put on the armor & face the foe. Prayer should be continual; it should be a habit, not an isolated act. Then too we as soldiers of Christ should use all kinds of prayer by that I mean: public & private; deliberate & spontaneous; supplication & intercession; confession & humiliation; praise & thanksgiving.

   And our prayers should be in the spirit, that is, inspired & led by Him. Formal prayers recited without thought to their meaning are of no value in combat against the hosts of hell. We must be vigilance in prayer. We must watch against drowsiness, mind wandering, & being preoccupied with other things. Prayer requires us to have spiritual alertness & concentration & there must be perseverance. We must keep asking, seeking & knocking (for things we need) (Luke 11:9) All the saints are involved in warfare just as we are so they should be lifted up as well.

   In Paul's personal remarks: Paul was writing from prison. Yet he did not ask prayer for his release. But he did ask for prayer for utterance in opening his mouth boldly to declare the mystery of the Gospel. This is Paul's final mention of the mystery in Ephesians, here it is presented as the reason for his bond. Yet, he has no regrets. He wants to broadcast it even more.

   Ambassadors are usually granted diplomatic immunity from arrest or imprisonment. But men will tolerate almost anything better than they will the Gospel. No other subject stirs the emotion, arouses such hostility & provokes such persecution. So Christ's representative was an ambassador in chains.

   This particular message of Paul, stirred the hostility of the narrow minded religionists. The idea that the Jews & Gentiles were formed into one new society, sharing equal privileges, & acknowledging Christ as Head. This was unheard of; but, now it was a new day for both Jew & Gentile, both were now following the same Lord.