A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Andrew Murray said, “Only turning God’s house into a house of fervent prayer will reverse the power of evil so evident in the world today.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “As long as we are content to live without revival, we will.”
Today, we are going to look at three more ways in which we should be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…”
There are 15 forms of prayer. We have already seen that “all prayer” includes these six forms: (1) the prayer of faith, (2) the prayer of agreement or corporate prayer, (3) the prayer of request, (4) the prayer of thanksgiving, (5) the prayer of worship, and (6) the prayer of consecration.
“All prayer” also includes these three additional forms of prayer:
First, is the prayer of intercession. This is when we pray for the needs of others. In 1 Timothy 2:1, Paul says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.” You ought to always have in mind someone you can pray for other than yourself. Jesus serves as a wonderful example of intercession. John 17 consists of a prayer Jesus prayed for his disciples and for all Christians.
Second, is the closet or private prayer. This is when we pray without anyone else being around. Matthew 6:5-6 states, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” There is nothing wrong with public prayer and there are certain occasions when that is necessary. But Jesus told His disciples to pray privately. The reason for this is because he did not want them to make prayer into a type of show to be seen of men. Private prayer is where we receive the most strength and power from above.
Third, is the silent prayer. Silent prayer is when we have no words to express our thoughts or feelings to God. God still hears us because he can hear our hearts and our thoughts just as easily as he can hear our words. When we cannot express ourselves in words, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and makes our requests known to God. Romans 8:26-27 states, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
As I mentioned yesterday, every form of prayer, even if it may not seem as though it is related to spiritual warfare, is crucial to our success in battle. The point of prayer in spiritual warfare is that we are in constant communication with our Commander-in-Chief. He knows the strategies of the devil before we do because He has been dealing with Him for much longer than we have. If we continue in prayer with Him, He will speak to our hearts and alert us to the difficulties and attacks that we face, and He will guide us on how to deal with them using the weapons of the Spirit that He has given us.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revive the Family Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Noviana in Medan, Indonesia
help her out with problems in her family and job
— Anne in Finland
bring complete healing to a young man who has brain cancer
— Pierre in Haiti
help him to become a pastor
— Bernard in St. Catherine, Jamaica
bless him and his family with financial prosperity, health, and a profitable business
— Deb in the United Kingdom
help Sam to avoid having kidney stones;
heal Brendon of sore and all pain, particularly in his liver;
bless Dan, Cheri, and Sam with permanent jobs, safety, and no bullies
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Leaders of the National Baptist Convention
B. J. Wells
Darrian A. Brown
Robert Scott Jones
Calvin E. Cage, Sr.
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
David G. Reichert
James B. Renacci
Reid J. Ribble
Kathleen M. Rice
Cedric L. Richmond
E. Scott Rigell
David P. Roe
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.