Are You Dressed and Ready?

The title sounds like me talking to my kids in the morning before school!  But we as believers need to make sure we are dressed and ready for any challenge that comes our way.

Spiritual Armament

Our God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.  He doesn’t withhold from us.  His truths aren’t hidden from us but FOR us to discover and apply to our everyday lives.  At the same time, He keeps it from the grasp of those outside of God's family. 

There is an adversarial force that has been arrayed against God and His kingdom.  Because we are a part of that kingdom, when the devil looks at us he sees God in us, therefore attacks and hindrances are sent our way.

The Watchtower

“Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield. For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth”  - Isaiah 21:5-6

Jesus' Example

“And it came to pass, that as he was praying in a
certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples
said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also
taught his disciples”  -
Luke 11:1

Push Forward

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds - Colossians 4:2-3

Stay on Track Spiritually

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not - James 4:2

[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures - James 4:3 (AMP)

Stay in an Attitude of Prayer

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people) - Ephesians 6:18 (AMP)

Wage War in Prayer

Thou art my battle ax and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms; and with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider, - Jeremiah 51:20-21

Be Persistent

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shallfind; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” - Matthew 7:7

What a directive Jesus gave! Ask (crave, desire strongly) and it will be given to you; seek (search) and you will find; knock (be persistent) and it shall be opened to you.

Ask the Father in Jesus' Name

“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my Name, he will give it you” (John 16:23).

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