In Ephesians 6:17-18, Paul makes the connection between the life of war and the work of prayer. “Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, will all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” Until we feel the force of this, we will not pray as we should. We will not even know what prayer is.
As in war, prayer is the communication with headquarters by which the weapons of warfare are deployed according to the will of God. That is the connection between the weapons and prayer in Ephesians 6. Prayer is for war.
Let the Nations be Glad – The Supremacy of God in Missions, John Piper, Baker Academic, 2007, page 48.
HOW ARE YOU USING THE WORD? Since it is given us by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), should we not make it our top priority to earnestly seek Him in prayer so we properly use it?
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