– Brother Bern’s Sunday Bible Study Series –
Key Theme: Christians are to always be alert and aware of Satan’s devices.
Good morning everyone. We are still under the lesson titled “Know the Enemy”. For the past several months we learned that Satan exists. He is a created angelic being and powerful. The Bible calls him the Anointed Cherub [Ezekiel 28:14]. We also learned his original name as “Lucifer” [Isaiah 14:12].
Sin was later found in him. He claimed, “to be like the Most High” [Isaiah 14:14]. With that, God judged him with a final destiny in hell! However, he is not there yet!
The Devil is no joke! He is real, and he is dangerous.
Our key scripture for this lesson is from 1 Peter 5:8. Let us read together aloud.
(1 Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
As Christians, we are to remember to put on the whole armor of God.
God has designed a spiritual armor just for you. Let us go to [Ephesians 6:10-18]
(Ephesians 6:10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
(Ephesians 6:11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
(Ephesians 6:12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
(Ephesians 6:13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
(Ephesians 6:14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
(Ephesians 6:15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
(Ephesians 6:16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
(Ephesians 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
(Ephesians 6:18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
The whole armor of God starts with the belt of truth to the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. We have already unpacked each individual piece of the armor of God for the past two months.
Oftentimes, we tend to end with the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God and then move on without paying careful attention to the very next verse.
That is right our focus today is on [Ephesians 6:18].
We will talk about prayer. This lesson on prayer will build upon what Brother Laon has taught us last week. He showed us how important the prayer is last week!
(Jeremiah 33:3) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
We learned that the Word of God is like a sword of the Spirit. It is our both defensive and offensive spiritual weapon to fight against the evil one.
Prayer is equally important.
Sadly, many Christians do not realize this!
The Devil knows that both the Word of God and prayer are strong weapons against him.
If he is to disarm saved Christians, undoubtedly these will be two main things that the Devil will focus on.
Make the Bible boring. Corrupt the doctrines. The evidence is clear in modern English translations of the Bible. Make your schedule so busy that you have no time to prayer.
Today we will do a close observation on [Ephesians 6:18] on prayer and try to apply with our daily life as Christians.
How often should we pray?
The verse says …always… We are to regularly and continuously pray! The key focus should be the attitude that you need God’s help all the times.
To ask for God’s help, it can be done by the means of prayer.
When you do not feel like to pray, then it is time to pray.
Oftentimes, we only pray when we are already in the troubles or when the trail has come to our lives.
The attitude; however, should be to pray and ask God to help us to be prepared before the trail or temptation comes.
[Ephesians 6:18] has 2 parts.
The first part says … Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit …
Supplication means a petition or a request.
Now let us read [Psalms 100:4-5].
(Psalms 100:4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
(Psalms 100:5) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
When we pray, we are to humble ourselves and come before God with praise, thanksgiving and worship Him alone.
[Ephesians 6:18] also says … in the Spirit …. What does this mean?
The Bible teaches that at the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells the believers. The Holy Spirit is God. He is the person.
One of the key roles of the Holy Spirit can be found in [Romans 8:26-27] when it comes to the matter of prayer.
(Romans 8:26) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
(Romans 8:27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to cope with problems. Even when you do not know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you do not need to be afraid to come before Him.
Ask the Holy Spirit to plead for you “according to the will of God”. Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that He will always do what is best.
The second part of [Ephesians 6:18] says … and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…
The verse gives us the idea that we are to pray without giving up (to preserve/to be persistent) and especially to pray for others.
How we can apply this Biblical truth with our own prayer lives?
1) Regular prayer
Start now to develop the habit of prayer on a regular basis. Set aside your own quiet time that you can get alone with God in prayer. Stick to it! Early bird person may go for the early morning. Some may go for the evening before going to bed. Office staff may find a quiet time to pray during a lunchtime.
2) Prayer and supplication in the Spirit
Humbly come before God bringing your requests and concerns. Realize your own limits as a flesh. But with God everything is possible! Most importantly acknowledge Him with praise and thanksgiving. This will help connect our heart with the Heavenly Father.
3) Prayer without giving up
Do not let your worries stop you from worshiping God through prayer. There might be times when a prayer is not immediately answered. The Bible; however, confirms us in [1 John 5:14] that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. So do not give up in prayer. God hears our prayer.
4) Prayer for others
This can be where we put all of we have learned today into real practice. Start praying regularly for someone who God has led you (e.g. for his/her salvation, for growth in the faith, for the desire to study God’s Word or for strength to stand against the evil), humbly approaching God with those requests, and not giving up a prayer though you cannot see it being answered yet. There are many testimonies of transformed life of people as a result of prayer!
Full teaching script is adapted from The ABC’s of Christians Growth. “Study #5 E – Enemy (Satan)”, Robert J. Sargent.