Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”.
Judges 9:54 “Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword…”
1 Samuel 14:7 “And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.”
1 Samuel 17:7c “…and one bearing a shield went before him.”
The armourbearer or armor bearer had a vital role back then. He carried equipment, helped the soldier keep his skills sharp, and fought along side the soldier. When it came time for a good contest he went before the soldier carrying shield to announce the soldiers arrival.
Here in Ephesians Paul has just completed his list of battle gear that every Christian should have on and with him. But would you note that verse 17 ends with a colon. The sentence and thus the list is not yet complete. Yet we tend to leave it right there because we have something of an understanding of warfare. What we don’t get is that Paul wasn’t done and he had a better grasp of it, having been chained to Roman soldiers for so long, then we do.
Prayer is our armor bearer, church.
Prayer is what helps us get dressed for battle.
Prayer is what helps us to learn how to put it all together.
Prayer is what helps us to better understand what we read in the Bible, learn from our Sunday School lessons, and take in what the preacher is preaching.
Prayer is how we communicate with headquarters.
Prayer is what allows us to function together as a unit.
Prayer is what helps build those spiritual muscles.
Praying less is one of the biggest mistakes we can make. We are not sending prayers out before us so we have less support. Little praying means the armor hangs loose on us if at all. No time for prayer means our skills get rusty. A prayer life that is absent is a Christian begging for defeat.
You may say I don’t know how to pray! Easy, ask God to teach you about prayer and how to do it. If you feel foolish about that, good! That means pride is being beat up on and God doesn’t like pride, in fact He resists the proud (James 4:6). Not sure what to pray about, no problem. Pray about everything, no matter how small. God loves details.
Do this and watch yourself do some spiritual growing. Avoid prayer, and shrivel up like a spiritual raisin.