Dr. Oscar T. Moses
W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #8
Ephesians 6:18 (KJV)
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
This is our final lesson on the “Armor of God.” The Apostle has listed six pieces of the Roman Soldiers armor. He now urges us to pray “always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Let’s discover how “prayer” ties into this overall lesson.
Every Christian should know how important prayer is on a day-to-day basis. It is as vital to the Christians growth and strength as oxygen is to the lungs. Prayer is a weapon of spiritual warfare. At the core of every successful spiritual battle is prayer. It is absolutely essential to one’s spiritual survival. Why would Paul place prayer after listing the six pieces of armor?
Thought #1 – Barnes’ Notes comments, “No matter how complete the armour; no matter how skilled we may be in the science of war; no matter how courageous we may be, we may be certain that without prayer we shall be defeated. God alone can give the victory; and when the Christian soldier goes forth armed completely for the spiritual conflict, if he looks to God by prayer, he may be sure of a triumph” (Heritage Edition, Vol. 12, p. 133).
- Why is it essential to keep a steady line of connection with God?
- Explain Luke 18:1-8
- What is supplication? (See Philippians 4:6)
- What roles does the Spirit play when the Christian prays according to Romans 8:26-27?
- What does Acts 2:38 and Romans 8:14 teach us about the Holy Spirit?
- Matthew 6:9-13 is a model prayer. How does Relationship, Restoration, Reconciliation and Revelation apply to this prayer?
- Explain the A.C.T.S. of prayer?
Thought #2 – Luke 21:36 says, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
- Why should we pray for ourselves as well as others?
- According to James 4:3, how do we pray wrong?
- Explain the privilege of prayer given to us in Hebrews 4:16?
- How often should we pray?
Thought #3 – “The Church and each of us individually, moves forward on our knees. Praying reminds us of the battle, reminds us of the source of our strength and defense, and reminds God that we are fully committed to following Him as obedient and faithful soldiers. Prayer and Bible study are the most powerful tools for combating Satan’s weapons.”
- What does the Apostle mean when he says, “praying in the Spirit?” –
- What does the Apostle mean by “watching thereunto?
What do you think our church would be able to accomplish if we prayed together on one accord?
Pastor Oscar T. Moses