Today we continued our important discussion of warfare in Ephesians chapter six.  Pastor James reminded us that last week we discussed how the different armor that Paul describes arms us for the battle, which is prayer.  This week we talked about that very battle, the prayer life of the believer.

Ephesians 6:18 tells us that the battle in which we are engaged is prayer.  This is something that we have lost sight of.  People are no longer drawn to the invitation to simply be with the Lord and pray, but require a special guest speaker or a flashy show.

How much faith do you have that you’re actually talking with God when you pray?  We have a presence with the most high God, and He enjoys you so much that you’re continually invited into His presence.

The Key is this:  Effectiveness in prayer has to do with our belief in His ability to do it.

Hebrews 6:11 – We have to approach prayer with the belief that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Compared to those in Scripture, we are immature in the things we ask of Him.  If we really believe that He is who He says He is, then we would be asking great things of Him.

The irony, though is this:  We spend hours talking to someone who can never fix our problem and never talk to the only One who can.  There is a better way.  We can go directly to the source.

1 John 5:14 – We can have confidence that He can do what He says He will do.

Psalm 37:4 – This is a Scripture misinterpreted by many because we only read half of the verse.  This verse is not about God giving us anything we want but all about Him granting us our desired when our desires line up with His.  That is what it means to delight yourself in the Lord.

We must continually go to Him asking for our desires to line up with His.

Do you want God’s will for your life?  He wants to give it to you.  Victory in the battle is realized when we allow Him to give us His desires.

Philippians 4:6-7 is an often quoted Scripture at FFC, and one that applies here.  What is Paul saying?  He’s telling us to not stress out, but to instead make our requests known to God, with thanksgiving.  And the promise?  We will receive a peace that surpasses all understanding.

You’re dressed for battle, friend.  The question is whether you are going to go to war or simply look the part.

What would you ask for if you knew God was listening.  He is!

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Take an inventory of your prayer life.  Where are you succeeding and where are you falling short?
  2. What hinders you from praying as much as you know you should?
  3. What are some huge requests that you have of God?  Spend time praying as a group over each one of these requests.
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