Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 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 people believe that prayer is passive in nature only. It is something you do when there is nothing else to do. When a friend or family member suffers, the belief is you should act on it. Take them a meal. Let their dog out. Go to the grocery for them.
While all these things are certainly kind, they are not what truly will get your family or friend out of trouble. Going to the grocery is easy. Making a meal is done with ease. How many of us can take time out of our day to sit in quiet and pray?
Prayer takes time for us to sit quietly with God. It is a commitment. It makes us reflect on the circumstances at hand. Most importantly, it makes us reflect on our own sinfulness. We cannot sit in prayer without cleansing our own soul to do so. In times of struggle, true prayer is the action that is avoided the most because to get to the prayer part, we have to move past our own pain.
What truly will defend the struggle is the sword of prayer. Prayer is far from passive. In fact, prayer is the most active thing anyone can do. Society thinks that action must involve something you can see and witness, but that is not the case. Prayer is powerful. It can change the path completely. Going to the grocery doesn’t even compare. Making a meal is nothing. Prayer is powerful.
As we look around today, we may not witness people in prayer, but trust me, they are praying. I find myself praying all day long. I wake up and pray. I pray throughout the day, calling out for God’s help in this crazy struggle for normal to return. I walk up the stairs and pray. I make dinner and pray. I have found unceasing prayer to be one of the most beneficial actions against this struggle.
In fact, during the last few weeks, the change in my own prayer life looks exactly like the Coronavirus curve we keep seeing on television. It has spiked tremendously.
I have known for many years that prayer is an active way to fight a battle, but I have succumbed to society’s – prayer is passive plan – too many times. When you read the scripture from Ephesians above, how could anyone come to the conclusion that prayer is just passive?
The armor of God is prayer.
It clothes us with protection for the battle.
It gives us the helmet of salvation.
Prayer helps us remain alert in times of trouble.
It fits us with peace. It calms our soul. It allows us to think clearly and with wisdom from God.
Prayer is active. Prayer is powerful. Prayer will win the battle.