Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Spiritual Warfare Provisions - Intercession

Ephesians 6:14 - 17 (NKJV) - " Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should."

This is the last part of the Spiritual warfare Provisions by God. We have the belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet, sword, and prayer. we have been challenged to stay alert - to persevere. The final piece is of the provision is intercession. We are called to intercede for others in our prayers. This seems so out of place - the other pieces focus on our needs - but God knows that if all of His soldiers put on the full armor - and they are interceding for each other - the victory is assured. 

You see, we need each other in the battle. Going at it alone is dangerous in the least and deadly at most. By interceding, we must be intimately enjoined so that we know the needs of others, and they know our needs. We often think of this as accountability groups. We hold each other accountable, and also encourage and strengthen one another. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (HCSB) reminds us - "And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken."

Today, consider if you have at least one other person who is praying for you. And, make it a part of your day to pray for others and their specific needs.

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