Making mention of you in my prayers

15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.  22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.  Ephesians 1:15-23

The apostle Paul was a man of prayer.  He understood the power and effectiveness of prayer.  He understood the authority He had in Christ and understood that we are engaged in a spiritual battle on a daily basis.  If the hearts of God’s people are to be opened to all they are in Christ then it is going to take diligent prayer on a daily basis.

There is so much that we have through what Jesus accomplished at Calvary and the sad fact is that much of the body of Christ operates at a very minimal level.  Often times we are more committed to programs and entertaining the masses then we are to the place of prayer.  We will never further God’s kingdom through entertainment.  We may bring people in, but true transformation and discipleship happens when the ministry we are doing is grounded and bathed in prayer.

The enemy we face is defeated and powerless against us.  But if you spent any time talking to the average Christian they either don’t believe Satan exist or they are afraid to talk about him.  They fail to understand who they are in Christ because they are simply ignorant of God’s word.  They know more about what is taking place in the world and the ways of the world, then they know about God and His word.

The bottom line is that the Christian journey is one of constant battle on a daily basis.  But the way we walk in victory and become an overcomer in Christ is to be a person of diligent prayer and bible study.  When we study God’s word we will not be deceived by the lies of the enemy.  Some of the greatest lies of the enemy are false teachings that exist in the body of Christ.

Being a diligent student of God’s word will make us alert to the lies of the enemy and to the false teachers of the day.  False teachers abounded during the days of the original apostles and false teachers abound today.  Many Christians live in bondage because they have allowed the busyness of life to keep them from studying God’s word.

There are natural consequences for not studying God’s word.  When we fail to diligently study God’s word and fail to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness we will walk in defeat.  We will fall victim to the deceptions of Satan.  It is impossible to overcome the deceptions of the enemy in our own wisdom.  We must walk in humility before the Lord and draw near on a daily basis.  As we draw near and study God’s word, our hunger for the Lord and His word will increase.  Let us draw near with our whole heart.

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