Ephesians 6:18: The Armour of God: Part Five
The greatest spiritual warrior to have walked the earth is Christ. He never gave in to one temptation; He faced greater temptations than anyone will ever face, and He is our teacher as we turn from the spiritual armour to the importance of prayer in spiritual warfare. As we read through the gospels we come across a life saturated in prayer. He would get up early and pray, Mk. 1:35; He would pray in private, Lk. 9:18; He prayed at His baptism, Lk. 3:21-22; and before He ate, Matt. 14:19. He prayed all night when facing important decisions like choosing His disciples, Lk. 6:12; He would withdraw in the middle of busy times when people were crowding to see and hear Him, Lk. 5:15-16; and after a very hard day’s work would follow up the day with prayer, Mk. 6:46; He prayed for Peter who was about to go through testing Lk. 22:32; in Gethsemane three times before He faced the cross, Matt. 26:36, and while He was dying, Lk. 23:34, 46.
Ephesians 6:18-20, ‘praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.’ Many have thought that prayer is the last piece of the armour, but it has been pointed out that Paul does not call us to put it on. Rather it is to be viewed as something that should attend every other part. That we prayerfully wear the belt of truth, the breastplate, take up the shield, etc. It is as if Paul is saying that without prayer all the armour is in fact useless. You will notice that out of all the armour prayer gets the largest mention underlining its importance.
We will not be able to say everything we need to say about prayer but we will focus on prayer as it relates to temptation, praying at all times, and praying in the Spirit.