Summer of the Spirit – Does the Spirit Empower Our Prayers?

Our assignment, when we are dressed in the full armor of God, is to pray.

We’re to take a stand against Satan, and pray for all the saints, which includes ourselves. [Eph.6:18]

What should we ask? In Ephesians, Paul has just described our life in Christ, and how we’re to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.  We’re to have victory over our three enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil.

In Ephesians 4 Paul tells us to have victory over the flesh, or self, by putting off the old self and putting on the new. In Ephesians 5, we’re told our victory over the world comes as we live as children of light, having nothing to do with the deeds of the darkness.

And in Ephesians 6, Paul says we defeat Satan and his evil forces when we are clothed in the full armor of God [Eph. 6:13-17], our life in Christ Rom. 13:12,14].

These victories over the world, the flesh and the devil are ours only through prayer as we ask God to strengthen us with His mighty power through His Spirit in our inner being [Eph. 3:16], to fill us with His Spirit [Eph. 5:18] and to help us live in such a way that we do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [Eph. 4:30]. Our victory is complete in His power, and impossible in ours.

Are we fighting our own battles, or asking for His power, His victory?

Pray with me now — Father, help us to believe total victory is ours through the Spirit’s power–if we will only ask. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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