Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
6:10-18 Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armor of God, which he prepares and bestows. The Christian armor is made to be worn; and there is no putting off our armor till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labor to deface the heavenly image in our hearts. We must resolve by God's grace, not to yield to Satan. Resist him, and he will flee. If we give way, he will get ground. If we distrust either our cause, or our Leader, or our armor, we give him advantage. The different parts of the armor of heavy-armed soldiers, who had to sustain the fiercest assaults of the enemy, are here described. There is none for the back; nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare. Truth, or sincerity, is the girdle. This girds on all the other pieces of our armor, and is first mentioned. There can be no religion without sincerity. The righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, is a breastplate against the arrows of Divine wrath. The righteousness of Christ implanted in us, fortifies the heart against the attacks of Satan. Resolution must be as greaves, or armor to our legs; and to stand their ground or to march forward in rugged paths, the feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Motives to obedience, amidst trials, must be drawn from a clear knowledge of the gospel. Faith is all in all in an hour of temptation. Faith, as relying on unseen objects, receiving Christ and the benefits of redemption, and so deriving grace from him, is like a shield, a defense every way. The devil is the wicked one. Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are darts Satan shoots at us. Also, hard thoughts of God, and as to ourselves. Faith applying the word of God and the grace of Christ, quenches the darts of temptation. Salvation must be our helmet. A good hope of salvation, a Scriptural expectation of victory, will purify the soul, and keep it from being defiled by Satan. To the Christian armed for defense in battle, the apostle recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief and error as they assault from without. A single text, well understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary. Prayer must fasten all the other parts of our Christian armor. There are other duties of religion, and of our stations in the world, but we must keep up times of prayer. Though set and solemn prayer may not be seasonable when other duties are to be done, yet short pious prayers darted out, always are so. We must use holy thoughts in our ordinary course. A vain heart will be vain in prayer. We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favors received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching. We must preserve in particular requests, notwithstanding discouragements. We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his mighty we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience.
Verse 11. - Put on the entire amour of God. Chained to a soldier, the apostle's mind would go forth naturally to the subject of amour and warfare. Put on amour, for life is a battle-field; not a scene of soft enjoyment and ease, but of hard conflict, with foes within and without; put on the amour of God, provided by him for your protection and for aggression too, for it is good, well-adapted for your use, - God has thought of you, and has sent his amour for you; put on the whole amour of God, for each part of your needs to be protected, and you need suitable weapons for assailing all your foes. That ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Our chief enemy does not engage us in open warfare, but deals in wiles and stratagems, which need to be watched against and prepared for with peculiar care.
Welcome back to our 3rd class! What have you learned so far? What tools have you been able to use that maybe you didn’t have in your arsenal?
Today, we are going to talk about prayer and the importance of it. We will use some of Priscilla Shirer’s teachings. She has been around for a while now and played in the movie War Room as a wife who was learning how to pray for herself, her life, her family and such. She was watching her life fall apart and she wanted it back.Our Sword is our most important tool we have in our armor. It’s the only offense we have. So we must learn how to use it wisely and appropriately. We have this class and the next to learn how to use this tool.
This class we will learn how to pray for battle daily. Most of you commute to work right? This is a great time to take on the lead of prayer. So, let’s start with prayer and then we are off on an ultimate adventure to trust Jesus all along this way.
If you search you can find a lot on prayer. You can also find a lot of areas in which to dig in a learn about prayer.
You can read a lot on the Power of Prayer, you can get yourself all ready for it, but if you don’t participate in it, it means nothing. We have to participate in it and be an active partner in it.
In an article from Today’s Christian Women we find this one.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Prayer
Pray in All Occasions –
Prayer is your ultimate weapon, it cuts to the bone of the devil that comes up against anything your try. It reaches the heart of the Lord because He loves his children and wants them to prosper. Prayer is our defensive weapon. Prayer matters!
So here is the caveat- the devil will work hard to attack your armor. He is sneaky and he is creative. But if you are not walking in the Word or praying or even walking in your inheritance...
“Our enemy celebrates lethargic Christian living. When we’re giving up our relationships, disregarding the purity of reputations, yielding to our appetites without putting up much, if any, ...of a fight, he can basically go unchecked. Wreak havoc in the lives of God’s people. Ultimately he can hamstring the church from achieving the purposes of God. Our indolence and makes us dissinterested in our work for the Lord to his great advantage, practically rolling out the red carpet for his entrance into the unlocked doors of our indifference and despondency. He’s hardly going to pass up an opening like that.
That’s why he works so hard to beat you down with discouragement. Rag you into discontentment. Lie to you about who God is, causing you to doubt the Lord’s all-good intentions toward you. Hammer you with accusations that place a burden of shame and guilt on your shoulders too heavy to carry. Trick you into thinking your situation will never change, and that God doesn’t hear you or care about you when you call out His Name. Soon your fire of passion starts to burn low. You grow lackluster. Disinterested. Low in Spiritual fiber. Your spiritual armor goes unworn and unused.
Now you are exactly where the enemy wants you-where you no longer want to fight for the peace and passion of your marriage, where you no longer believe your child can be restored, where you no longer hope for healing in your body, where you no longer see any path to freedom from your addictions, where you just don’t see the purpose of praying anymore… So you don’t. You don’t ask or seek, or knock. You don’t take advantage of your heavenly places position and the benefits package that comes from having “every spiritual blessing” in the universe handed to you as an inheritance.
Maybe you kind of don’t care anymore. You’re not even sure you want to. But through prayer, you can get your want back.