Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. … And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
—Ephesians 6:13, 17-18, NKJV
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It cannot be stated too frequently that the life of a Christian is a warfare, an intense conflict, a lifelong contest. It is a battle, moreover, waged against invisible foes, who are ever alert, and ever seeking to entrap, deceive and ruin the souls of men. The life to which Holy Scripture calls men is no picnic or holiday junketing. It is no pastime, no pleasure jaunt. It entails effort, wrestling, struggling; it demands the putting forth of the full energy of the spirit in order to frustrate the foe and to come off, at the last, more than conqueror. … From start to finish, it is war. … The Christian soldier must be as intense in his praying as in his fighting, for his victories will depend very much more on his praying than on his fighting.
It is now a dark day, but—now “it is time for thee, Lord, to work; for they have made void thy law” (Psalm 119:126, KJV). And He is getting ready to work, and now He is listening for the voice of prayer. Will He hear it? Will He hear it from you? Will He hear it from the church as a body?
Oh! Send us times of revival, seasons of great refreshing; and then times of aggression, when the army of the Lord of Hosts shall push its way into the very center of the adversary, and overthrow the foe in the name of the King of kings. Amen.
THE SCRIPTURE MARKED NKJV IS TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW KING JAMES VERSION. THE SCRIPTURE MARKED KJV IS TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION. (1) TAKEN FROM THE NECESSITY OF PRAYER, BY E.M. BOUNDS. WORK IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. (2) TAKEN FROM HOW TO PRAY, BY R.A. TORREY. WORK IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. (3) TAKEN FROM PRAYERS FROM THE METROPOLITAN PULPIT, BY C.H. SPURGEON. WORK IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.
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