Spiritual Warfare. Well, we’ve learned a lot about it. And it’s important for us to remember that we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies. But there is a spiritual world fighting against us, to bring us down to defeat us and destroy us. And so put on the whole armor and keep on praying.
Paul closes this discussion in Ephesians, chapter six, verses 19 and 20. By asking the people to pray for him. Listen to what he says. And also for me, that the words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly, to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
Truly, the apostle Paul realized that he was not going to win people to Christ, through clever arguments, through his logic and reason, and his ability to somehow convince people. He knew that if he was going to convey the truth of the gospel, it would have to be through the power of the Holy Spirit. And so what does he do? He asked for prayers, that the Holy Spirit would give him the words to say that the Holy Spirit would give him the boldness to proclaim.
So in closing out this section, I want to encourage you to pray for those who are in places of spiritual leadership. Those who on the national stage are speaking up for Jesus, those who are pastors and leaders of local churches, those who within the church are serving on staff or on serve teams, and leading those teams. Pray for these people.
None of us can win this battle alone. And yet, we have a great cause for which to fight. And so keep one another in prayer, and especially those who are in leadership, ask God to watch over them daily, to protect them, to guard them, to embolden them, to empower them, and to use them so that more people can be connected to the love of Jesus.