Just one more day on the passage we looked at yesterday, Ephesians Chapter 6 verses 10 to 18, thinking a bit more about the armour of God.
I heard a story recently of an older faithful Christian in ministry who consciously each day went through this passage to make sure he was “properly dressed” for the day ahead, (just like you would get dressed with normal clothes), so he was ready for any spiritual battles he might face, and to indeed take his stand against the devil’s schemes. Quite a discipline to do that, but it obviously worked for him!
Often visual talks are given about the different pieces of armour, the belt, breastplate, helmet etc, but reading this passage through in one of Sue’s old Bibles with all her underlining(!), I was struck that she had emphasised not the pieces of armour but rather what they represented. So she had underlined truth and righteousness (v.14), faith (v.16), salvation and the word of God (v.17), and actually those are the things we need, indeed these are the things that we have in Christ, and we need to make them real in our hearts and lives in order to make our stand for Christ in the spiritual battles that we face.
I mentioned yesterday that it is often said that the individual pieces of armour are much more defensive (or protective) rather than for using in attack, with the possible exception of the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Although I was reflecting on Jesus’ temptation by the devil in the wilderness (Matthew Ch.4 vs.1-11) – do look it up if you have time, and He used the word of God as a defensive measure to counter Satan’s words, as well as his selective misuse of Scripture.
However, what has struck me afresh from this passage is that there is one more attacking feature of the spiritual battle, and that is prayer (v.18). ‘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 saints.’ That is pretty comprehensive, isn’t it?
We will finish this letter and look at the final verses tomorrow.
In our own cycle of prayer, let us remember today in our prayers,- Lynn, Paul and the rest of the family- Jason & Corette, Pieter and Zarah