How to Win at Spiritual Warfare Through Prayer, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #275)

TEXT: Ephesians 6:18-20

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
 
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
 
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible." The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 274 messages in this series.

This is message #275 titled, How to Win at Spiritual Warfare Through Prayer, Part 3.
 
Prayer is a crucial, but often overlooked, weapon in spiritual warfare. Scripture gives us only six pieces of armor that we are to put on, but tells us we ought to use "all prayer" for our defense against spiritual attack and our assault on Satan. Scholars have identified fifteen distinct types of prayer in the Bible, and we will look at each of them in detail.
 
The first type of prayer is the prayer of faith. This is a prayer for something that is in God's will, but is yet to come to pass. In this prayer, you express belief in the power of God to bring things to pass. James 5:15 says, "The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
 
Now the term 'prayer of faith' has been misused by some on the charismatic end of the spectrum. Some take it to mean that you can “name it and  claim it” even though it may not be biblical. With that in mind, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson provides the following definition of the prayer of faith: "This, then, is the prayer of faith: to ask God to accomplish what He has promised in His Word. That promise is the only ground for our confidence in asking. Such confidence is not 'worked up' from within our emotional life; rather, it is given and supported by what God has said in Scripture."
 
In spiritual warfare, it is hugely important to know that we can rely on God's Word because one of the ways the devil will attack us is by trying to convince us that we can't trust what God has said. However, the prayer of faith helps us to look at God's Word and say, 'This is what God has promised. I can trust God's promises. I will walk in these promises from my Heavenly Father.' The prayer of faith causes us to go before God and say, 'Father, you promised..." And we know that God will keep His word because the Psalmist writes, 'God has magnified [or held in high esteem His word above all His name.' God told Jeremiah, "Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it."
 
We want God to perform what He has promised in His Word. While we know that He will do all that He has said in His time and His way, it is important to be reminded of this as the devil seeks to sow the seeds of doubt. The prayer of faith provides a defense against such Satanic attack and encourages us to keep our faith and trust in God.
 
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner's Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God's laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death…"

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

Now this is bad news, but here's the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read "What To Do After You Enter Through the Door". Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, "I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.