Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;   And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  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, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Armour Up

After Paul commands the saints to armour up, he issues a command to pray. The command needs to be taken seriously. While it may be true that the saint has put on the armor, and welds a sword, the power of the sword is the Spirit. The Spirit does the work, and there must be confidence in His work. Paul urges readers to persistently pray for all of the saints, and once again, the importance of unity is emphasized. Satan’s fiery darts are aimed at individuals, but the persistent prayer of the church helps to protect each saint. The power of God is available to all who will believe.

Pray For Each Other- Paul urges readers to persistently pray for all of the saints.

Pray Together-the persistent prayer of the church protects and provides for each saint.

Paul presents a metaphor, and it is not to be taken literally. Christians should never use the sword (gun) for propagation, or defense of the faith.

And, the fight, should not be directed toward one another.

The enemy, is Satan.

 

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