I awoke abruptly before dawn this morning. I felt burdened. In my grogginess, I asked God why. He didn’t hesitate to answer. Yesterday was full of irritation. And you know what I did? I complained. I made my displeasure known. You know what I didn’t do? Pray. I didn’t choose to see the good. I wallowed. God ran the reel of my yesterday behind my still-closed eyes, and I repented. I can do better. And this is the post queued up for writing today. I think God is chuckling.
Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor? The Posture of Prayer…
“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. “Ephesians 6:11-13
“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.“Ephesians 6:18
My friends, last week when we discussed the offensive weapon in our full armor, the Sword of the Spirit, we realized that we don’t have to go out looking for evil. We have been told to stand our ground. This is territory Jesus has already taken. The enemy wants us to forget that small detail, so he comes looking for us. He comes like he’s large and in charge, telling lies and seeking to catch us off guard.
Have you ever been caught off guard by something? I have! It is most likely to happen when I have very little to do. Is it the same for you? On the days when my schedule is back-to-back booked, I am alert and efficient, and my head is in the game. But on those days when I have one small meeting or errand in a block of free time, I am likely to be late, or to miss it all together. Why? Because I get distracted.
Our enemy is strategic. He might leave us alone for awhile, sitting with our armor on, not paying attention. But just when we start to sit back on our laurels, he comes at us and knocks us off balance. I think that is what happened to me yesterday. I wasn’t postured for victory.
God wants to keep us focused, so he gives us something to do in our downtime. He tells us to pray. And, as is God’s way, He wastes nothing. Prayer sounds mild but let me tell you something. When we pray, all of Heaven rallies to attention.
God commands the myriads of angels. What do you think Satan fears more, your piety or your prayers? He’d much rather meet us armed and arrogant than to find us in a posture of prayer.
It turns out this last command isn’t just a pastime suggestion after all. It is the crux of our mission! We need to be suited up in God’s full armor, so the enemy can’t stop us from praying.
The posture of prayer is a stance of the heart. We can kneel, stand, bow or look up. We can pray while we’re driving the car, walking the dog, or bathing the kids. But pray, we must!
- How? in the Spirit
- When? on all occasions
- What? with all kinds of prayers and requests
- How often? always keep on praying
- For whom? for all the Lord’s people
We might have a moment of reprieve, but the battle is fierce somewhere. It might be with our kids, our leaders, or our brothers and sisters around the world. Wherever it is, God sees it. And our prayers relieve it. Stay alert, check your posture, and keep praying!
How is your battle-preparedness right now? Is your Belt of Truth securely buckled? Is your Breastplate of Righteousness in place? Are your Feet Fitted with Readiness to share the Gospel? Have you taken up your Shield of Faith? Have you accepted your Helmet of Salvation? Do you have the Sword of the Spirit ready in hand? Have you assumed a posture of prayer? Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor?
Next up: The Wrap Up!