Just because Paul finishes talking about the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:17, does not mean there are no more elements to it. So far, he has not given us any offensive weapons. Even the Sword of the Spirit was primarily defensive.
In Ephesians 6:18, one of the Scriptures on the Armor of God, Paul provides us with the one offensive weapon in our arsenal: Prayer.
The following information was pulled from my sermon on Ephesians 6:18, in which I discuss prayer as our Secret Weapon.
Paul, if he were writing today, would have written to us about the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Word of God, and finally, in verses 18-20, the air support of prayer, or maybe we could say, the laser-guided smart bombs of prayer. Obviously, this last one I’ve come up with doesn’t really fit in with the Roman Soldier imagery…but the point is that prayer is vitally important to spiritual warfare.
This section on prayer is the third in the book of Ephesians. The previous two passages are found at the end of chapter 1 and another at the end of chapter 3. And in both of these other sections, one of the main things Paul says is that we should be praying for is power. And now, here at the end of his letter, he tells us how our prayers can be powerful. How, in this spiritual war, we can call down the fire power from heaven.
C. S. Lewis wrote in his book Mere Christianity that this world is enemy-occupied territory and that Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage. And it is primarily through prayer that much of this sabotage takes place. Prayer is how we spiritually fight back against the enemy. “Prayer is fundamentally a warfare activity.”
With this in mind, it is sometimes humorous to see some people’s idea of prayer closets. They have the dim lighting and the cushioned seats with the padded kneelers. There is soft music playing above, the oak doors and stained glass window, a little counter for your Bible and pencils. The cup holder for your latte.
But prayer is warfare activity. A Prayer closet should be a foxhole! With sandbags and bullet shells. We are at war! Prayer is not chatting on the phone with God, it is the frantic radio calls of a platoon under heavy fire calling for air support. God! Send in help! We need your intervention, and we need it now, or we are not going to survive!
To learn more about prayer as the Secret Weapon of the Armor of God, see my sermon on Ephesians 6:18.
Scriptural Books on the Armor of God
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches on the topic of the Armor of God. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.