Andrew Hughes | Category: Sunday Follow-up; The Christian Life
This past Sunday Pastor Ben, in his sermon, gave us a homework assignment to spend time praying through the prayers in Ephesians 1:15-23 and 3:14-21. If you haven’t spent time in them yet, I’d encourage you to do so.
Part of the Ephsians 1 prayer is a request to know and experience the “mighty power” (verse 19) of God. This power that we can experience and that belongs to us is the very power that raised Christ from the dead. As I was praying through the Ephesians 1 passage, I happened to flip over to chapter 6 and a connection jumped out at me I had not noticed before. In Ephesians 6:10, Paul admonishes the readers to be strengthened by the Lord’s “mighty power” (verse 10). This is actually the very same phrase Paul used in chapter one. Chapter one is about praying for the mighty power but now chapter 6 is about putting on that mighty power.
What jumped out to me, as I was praying, was my responsibility to now act on that prayer. Pray for power, but don't stop there. Now, put on that power by donning the armor of God. Christ has fought for us, has won with his resurrection power, and now sits with everything under his feet, under His submission (chapter 1). But our experience of this in our lives is not a passive one. It is one of active fighting with the spiritual resources God has given, the armor of God. This is yet another already-not yet tension of life. Christ has already won and in authority over all powers. Yet in our daily lives, by the power of the Spirit we engage in spiritual warfare. The battle is real, it is dangerous, and the darts of Satan are fiery.
So to be strengthened by the Lord’s power today; pray and submit yourself to Him; then go out and put on the armor of God. And all the while…keep praying- “With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18)
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