[CF Devotionals] 2009-06-13 - The Prayers of the Saints

The Spiritual Warfare Series, Part 12

In this installment, we study the last weapon God provides for spiritual warfare, the prayers of the saints. Wit out prayer, all that has gone before is empty, for it is in communion and dependency on God that we are able to use and depend on the armor He provides.

Without putting on the armor, our prayers are powerless. We must put on the one and do the other. Stedman lists three basic facts inherent to prayer adapted here:

  1. When we pray we recognize ... the existence of an invisible kingdom.
  2. The second thing that prayer reveals is that we Christians have confidence that the kingdom of God is highly significant, that it affects our lives directly, that the visible things which occur in our world are a direct result of something that is happening in the realm of invisibility.
  3. Third, and perhaps the most hotly contested fact by the Devil and his forces is that our prayers play a direct and essential part in bringing God's invisible power to bear on visible life. In other words, God answers prayer. 14

And so we end where we started, not with ourselves, but with God. We are not called to fight, but are called to live the life that God desires to provide for us, His children. And as we live as he calls us to, then we will stand firm, we will see victory over the enemy, and we will be able to find peace, joy and contentment in our relationship to our Father God.

The source of our security, then is not in systems, superstitions and suppositions. Instead, it is in these truths:

GOD LOVES US!
GOD IS IN CONTROL!
GOD NEVER MAKES MISTAKES!
BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD!

  1. Stedman, Ray C., Spiritual Warfare, Word Publisher, Waco, TX, 1976, p.126.

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