Digging Deeper – June 28, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

“praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”

Ephesians 6:18 ESV


 

GLADIATOR: PRAYING 

According to a false urban legend, George was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things. He immediately phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?” and George said, “No,” and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.

George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again. “Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them all.” Then he hung up. Within a few minutes, three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed. One of the policemen said to George: “I thought you said that you’d shot them!” To which George replied, “I thought YOU said there was nobody available!”

This is obviously a fictional account but illustrates in a silly way the importance of communicating danger. Prayer is the way we keep in constant communication with God. The last part of our preparation for spiritual warfare is prayer. Ephesians 6:18 encourages us to “pray at all times,” and to “keep alert.” No Christian soldier can afford to stop communicating with God and to stop watching out for the enemy’s attacks.

It is a great practice to start our day with prayer, to pause during the day to pray and to end our days with prayer. It is also a great practice to recognize when the enemy is attacking us or those around us and to pray. Ask God if anyone in your sphere of influence is undergoing a spiritual attack in this season of life. Sit in silence and see if He brings anyone to mind. If He does, pray for their protection.

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