Today’s thoughts are centered around something a lot more serious than previous posts. It’s part of the prayer list that I’ve been using. The prayer is, “Pray that they will be protected from the evil one in each area of their life–spiritual, emotional and physical.” The verse is John 17:15, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”
If Jesus prayed this for his disciples and for us, then it’s probably a great prayer for moms. We don’t always talk a lot about spiritual warfare or the influence of Satan, but there is definitely an unseen war that is fought for our spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. As believers in Christ, we know that we can’t be possessed by Satan, but he can sure make life miserable.
There’s no better passage in God’s word on this issue than Ephesians 6:10-18. You are very familiar with the spiritual armor available to Christ-followers. I’d encourage you to take the time to read through this passage and even memorize it. Here are just some thoughts about this passage today:
1) Satan has been shooting arrows for a long time, so he’s a pretty good shot. He’s going to shoot for the uncovered areas of your life–where you are most vulnerable. Examples might be your thought life or how you handle peer pressure.
2) Verse 11 says that we take our “stand” against the devil’s schemes. A more literal description is that we are in a face-to-face fight or standing toe-to-toe. Spiritual warfare may look you in the face at times. How will you be ready?
3) Verse 12 uses the word “struggle”. It is actually a wrestling term, and although you’ve never officially wrestled, you know what it’s like to get tangled up when you are struggling to win.
4) I love that verse 17 talks about scripture as our “sword”. Scripture is our offensive weapon. While the other weapons protect and defend, you go on the attack when using God’s word. Learn how to effectively use God’s word.
Finally, Paul reminds us that prayer is powerful. Consider these thoughts about prayer:
1) Prayer-less lives are powerless lives.
2) Prayer-less lives are unprotected lives.
3) You can be a might spiritual warrior if you become a prayer warrior.
Here’s to being warriors!