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Brushing up on Communication

Ephesians 6:10-20

Verse 18  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

    While not part of the armor, no army can function well without proper communication with the commander.  There are many ways communication is done in times of battle but war time isn’t the only time for communication.  There must be good communication from the time prior to recruitment to retirement.  We should also remember, unlike earthly armies we don’t decide if we are going to “re-up” because God’s army is a lifetime commitment.

 

    Paul understood this need for communication and so he spent a good portion of this letter talking about prayer and telling his friends what he prayed for them.  Good communication is never a one way conversation.  We can’t tell God all the things we want from Him without listening to all He has to say and ask of us.  We don’t like to think about His telling us to do anything but as the commander of the army we have to remember He is in charge.

 

    Paul doesn’t just tell his readers to simply pray but to pray in the Spirit.  This may be something we don’t give much thought to, although we should.  It is the sense of praying not with ourselves in mind but with God and His agenda in mind.  It is bringing our thoughts to Him asking Him to align our thoughts with His.  It is wanting His way each and every time.  His is our Commander after all.

 

    This communication isn’t just for us either.  As part of the army there should be mass communication from the ranks to the Commander and there will also be communication from Commander to the ranks.  He has given us His Word, our Sword, and has filled each member of His ranks with His own Holy Spirit, to guide and direct with constant communication of His will and ways.  The only issue is if we turn down His voice commands through our sinning against Him and ignoring His voice until we don’t recognize it anymore.

 

    So while it isn’t part of the armor we are going to delve into the world of warfare communications, specifically the communications of the soldier to Commander, soldier to Commander on behalf of other soldiers and requests of wisdom from the Commander.  Let’s get ready to communicate!

 

Making It Personal

    How would you describe your prayer life?  Do you spend most of your time in prayer praising, requesting for self or requesting for others?  What do you need to spend time in prayer about today?

 

Making It Personal Kids

    What is prayer?  Why is prayer important?  What kinds of things do you pray for and about?

 

Closing Prayer

    Father, thank You for making a way for us to communicate with You.  Help us listen as well as understand what You are wanting us to pray so we can pray in line with Your Spirit.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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