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“The Weapons of Spiritual Warfare Pt. 3”


Sermon Outline

We are born into a world at war, and opting out is not an option.

Ephesians 6:18-24 NKJV praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 21 But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. 23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.


The last weapon at our disposal is…
I. Prayer.

Ephesians 6:18 NKJV praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

  1. The power of prayer is evidenced by…
    1. Our natural resistance to it.

      Matthew 26:36-41 NKJV Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, ″Sit here while I go and pray over there.″ 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, ″My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.″ 39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ″O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.″ 40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ″What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.″

    2. Our scriptural admonishment to do it.

      Romans 12:12 NKJV rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

      1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV pray without ceasing,

  1. The purpose of prayer includes…
    1. Keeping us aligned with God's will.

      Hebrews 5:5-8 NKJV So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: ″You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.″ 6 As He also says in another place: ″You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek″; 7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

    2. Keeping us aware of God's presence.

      Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 10:19-23 NKJV Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

    3. The practical benefits of prayer include…
      1. Being sensitive.

        Ephesians 6:18a NKJV praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit

      2. Being alert.

        Ephesians 6:18b NKJV being watchful to this end

      3. Being consistent.

        Ephesians 6:18c NKJV with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

      4. Being bold.

        Ephesians 6:19 NKJV and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,

      5. Being optimistic.

        Ephesians 6:20 NKJV for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

      6. Being helpful.

        Ephesians 6:21-24 NKJV But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. 23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.


    Application Questions:
    1. What is behind the ease with which many of us admit our failure to pray consistently? In other words, why does it seem easier to confess this particular sin, but not others?
    2. What aspect of Jesus' prayer life do you find most interesting and/or encouraging?
    3. Why is it important to view prayer as both access to our God and a weapon?
    4. When have you personally experienced the powerful weapon of prayer?
    5. What practical steps have you taken to eliminate distractions and pray more consistently?
    6. Name two things you should be praying about daily or at least more consistently. Why these things? Who might you enlist as a prayer/accountability partner?