Chapter 6 of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a popular chapter in the New Testament. This is the chapter that addresses the whole armor of God. Paul instructs the church members to put on the whole armor of God so they can stand firm against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:13).
One thing I hear some preachers and Christians say is that the Word of God, which is referred to as the sword of the Spirit, is the only Offensive Weapon of the armor of God.
At first glance of Ephesians 6, that seems to be a reasonable statement. Let me summarize the components of the whole armor of God: the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes for the preparation of the gospel, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (verses 14-17).
As we consider the above components of the whole armor of God, it is readily apparent that the sword is the offensive Weapon mentioned.
But there is another component of the whole armor of God we need to consider. That is Prayer.
So in addition to donning ourselves with the components mentioned above, we are also instructed to do the following: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” (verse 18, KJV).
What does that mean? It means that in order for us to fully comply with the instructions to put on the whole armor of God, we must put on all the components listed above–praying always.
That means prayer is a part of the whole armor of God. Actually, it should be a no-brainer that if we fail to be prayerful we are not fully clothed to stand against the devil.
And here is the main point of this post: prayer is not only a defensive weapon against the wiles of the devil; it is also an offensive weapon. That in turn means that the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, is not the only offensive weapon included.
Ways to Use Prayer As an Offensive Weapon
If we as Christians only use prayer as a defensive weapon we are not fully using that phenomenal weapon. Here are three ways we can use prayer as an offensive weapon.
1. To pray for others to be healed. Even sickness and diseases are subject to the authority of the name of Jesus. Accordingly, we are to go on the offensive and “pray for one another so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).
2. To pray for those in authority and enhance our quality of life. The decisions of those in authority have direct bearing on us. We should not leave that reality to chance. We should pray “for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2).
3. To pray for boldness in serving the Lord. As it was with the apostles, we are not without opposition in our efforts to do the work of the Kingdom. But through prayer we are empowered from on high. In one instance, when the apostles prayed for boldness against the opposition, the place was shaken and they were empowered to speak the Word with boldness (Acts 4:31).
Prayer is one of the most potent weapons God has given us. It is the overarching component of the whole armor of God. Prayer is an offensive weapon that enables us to wage war in the spiritual realm. We should put on all the other components of the armor of God—praying always.
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