10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 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.
This morning, I read an article using this passage in reference to rearing children. It was a really good article and was a good reminder that I only have a few more years with the kids at home. Where are they at spiritually? Are they passionate for the Lord? If I didn’t have any more time with them, would they be where I would like them to be?
I readily concur with the truth that we are in a spiritual battle for the souls of our children. I have been challenged to be more intentional with my own kids. However, as I was spending further time with the Lord, I was greatly burdened.
Our country is facing some very unstable times. With the Presidential elections only a few months away, there is a lot of uncertainty. As it is, our country is floundering, our world is increasingly becoming wicked and violent. It seems as if the arrogant, ungodly people are having their way. It is interesting how God arranges things. Andy just mentioned Psalm 73 this past Sunday when our pastor was away. The psalmist bemoans just this fact that the wicked seem to prosper.
But then comes verse 17, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.” God knows the end from the beginning. He has a plan for all that happens, and you can be sure that it will result in His glory. We may not see it in a dramatic result in the election of godly leaders as much as I desire to see that happen. It might just be in the day-to-day workings of our lives.
But beyond even the political scene, I was really challenged with the fact that every aspect of our lives is a spiritual battle. We don’t always “feel” the struggle; some days are pretty good. But the battle is still there. The battle manifests itself in many ways: our thoughts, our reactions to tough situations, our dealing with our children, even just our simple lives. Do we try to do it in our own strength? If so, we will fail. We must put on the whole armor of God. We must face the battle in the only winnable way–on our knees in dependence upon God in prayer.
Our pastor has challenged us to spend at least 10-15 minutes in prayer every day. That’s really not much time. But how often do we really take the time to invest even that much in concentrated prayer? Will you join me in this challenge? Let’s “gird up” our minds and prepare for battle!