Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18
Spending time with God through prayer and His Word is a prerequisite for having a great life and fulfilling your purpose.~Joyce Meyer
The final part of our love light armor is prayer. Prayer is another offensive and defensive weapon we have in our arsenal. I would also say it’s probably one of the most important parts we have in our armor. In medieval times, the best way to soften your enemy is to fire a fusillade of arrows. In modern times, a good mortar barrage will take the confidence out of any enemy. The first way prayer helps us is in our offensive mode. Praying for situations, people, and any worries you have will weaken the enemy in your life. The first part of the above verse covers that area. The old ACTS principle is a great way to pray. The A in the ACTS principle stands for adoration. This first part of prayer is acknowledging that God is awesome, wondrous, and glorious. It’s worshiping who God is and knowing how incredibly big He is and how we pale in comparison to our great God. It’s saying God I love you.
The next letter C, stands for confession. This is actually the defensive part of the weapon. Have you ever felt that condemning presence after you have made a mistake and that loud voice in your head saying what an idiot you are once again? What did you think you were doing? That voice is the enemy condemning you for something that Jesus paid the price for already. Confessing it will help silent that voice and solidify your position of favor with God. Confessing your sin to others can help you repent of the sin. Repentance is not confession; repentance means you won’t ever do that sin again. Repentance starts the day we don’t focus on our sin. The enemy will stop at nothing to remind us of it. Resistance means to focus on Christ and not being sin conscious.
The next part of prayer is the T, which stands for thanksgiving. Gratitude goes a long way in finding who you are in Christ. When you wake up in the morning and the first thought in your head is thankfulness you are on your way to where God wants you to be. Gratitude makes you desire to do godly things in this world for people who don’t deserve it or even want it. Most of my prayers are directed this way in just thanking God for loving me and providing me with awesome friends in my life. Thanksgiving is an offensive as well as a defensive weapon.
The S in ACTS stands for supplication. Supplication is asking God for the things we need, not the things we want. This is both offensive and defensive. As you grow in Christ, your desires become godly needs. God answers these prayers with a resounding yes. Most of my prayers are for other people in my life that need prayer for things they are dealing with. I have to stop and pray for myself because I always forget to do that. You have to find a happy medium; you can do both extremes. You can pray either too much for yourself or too little. Neither way is good.
Adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication will fire off a fusillade of light into the world. Prayer is a powerful offensive and defensive weapon that we probably don’t use enough. If you want your love light armor to shine bright, use your prayer weapon and see how much your life and the life of others will change around you. The next level of prayer is praying in the spirit, which I will cover later in another blog. The Joyce Meyer quote above says it all, prayer is just half of the equation, but an important part of having a purpose driven life.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.