Biblical Text: Ephesians 6:10-20
At the close of Ephesians Paul gives his battle speech. It is easy to pick up on the martial images of the armor and contenting with the powers that be. But to just pick up on that misses the marching orders. What or where is the field of contention? It would be easy to just say this life, and that wouldn’t completely be wrong. Paul segues from put on the armor of God to prayer. “With all prayers and supplications, in the spirit, at all times, pray…” Eph 6:18.
All endeavors in the Christian life begin and find their strength in prayer. Because all endeavors must rest on the power of God alone. Its the disciples who ask, “Lord, teach us how to pray.” Because that is the act that is most typical of the disciple.