I know what your are thinking, I thought we finished this last week but I have been including an “extra” verse, verse 18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
The Whole Armor of God consists of:
- The Girdle of Truth
- The Breastplate of Righteousness
- The Grieves. That is the spiked shoes of the Gospel of Peace that gives us sure footing in the battle.
- The Shield of Faith
- The Helmet of Salvation
- The Sword of the Spirit.
Any solider armed is fully ready for battle, but Paul here gives the warrior more instruction and we should not go into battle with the enemy, satan, the devil, without listening to and applying it. And as it was the custom of the Grecian armies, before they engaged, to offer prayers to the gods for their success, the apostle shows that these spiritual warriors must depend on the Captain of their salvation, and pray to Him, Jesus Christ.
We need to look at battle like Israel did, and when they had their greatest victories, The showed up and arrayed themselves for battle and God would win the battle for them. We need to be ready for battle but we need to remember that God gives the victory. Just think about the battle of Armageddon. (Jesus opens His mouth, out comes the sword and kills all of God’s enemies).
The Greek means “in every season” or “at every opportunity.” A.W. Tozer called this the “Heart turning towards God” (in The Pursuit of God). In this line of thought, our heart’s desire to be close to God causes our heart to turn towards God during the quiet moments of the day. During down moments at work, as the busyness of the day allows for the idle moment, our hearts and thoughts should turn towards God. And all the more so as a time of trail. temptation, or warfare approaches.
Even at several times Jesus departed to a Mountain to pray (Mark 6:46, Luke 6:12) If Jesus needed time to pray to the Father, how much more do we need to take time at all times, in all seasons, at every opportunity to pray to the Father.
Excerpt from Christian Warrior IX: Praying Always