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;
A.T. Pierson said, “At Waterloo, the English troops obeying orders fell on their faces for a time and let the hot fire of the French artillery pass over them. Then they sprang to their feet and rushed to the thickest of the fight and beat back their foes. The Lord wants His people flat on their faces, before they attempt to meet the great crises of life.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “David had one of the most blessed experiences in the world, and the blessedness was that he was miserable about his sin.”
Today, we are going to look at one more way 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 fourteen 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, (6) the prayer of consecration, (7) the prayer of intercession, (8) the closet or private prayer, (9) the silent prayer, (10) the prayer of forgiveness, (11) the prayer of contemplation, (12) praying in the Spirit, (13) the prayer of fellowship, and (14) the prayer of committal.
Today, we are going to look at the prayer of Endurance. This is a prayer that we pray when we are weak physically or mentally, but especially spiritually. Paul prayed for the saints at Colossae that they would be “strengthened with all might, according to God’s glorious power.” During the night of His trial, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, and God gave Him strength to endure the torture and death of the next few hours. There will be many times in our lives when we need strength; at those times, we can go to God in prayer.
I hope that you commit to using prayer in its many different ways so that you can live a victorious spiritual life and overcome the temptation of the world, the flesh, and the devil each and every day, for prayer, like love, is “a many-splendored thing.”
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.”
for her daughter’s temperature to go down
— Shanquetta in Waterloo, Iowa
for her family to get a decent housing situation and not be homeless;
for her husband to keep the faith and remain strong;
for strength for her three brothers and mother
deliver her from severe pain, pain medication addiction, and sorrow
— Shwante and Nikeia
for her sister to be healed
— Mindy A in the U.S.
for her small business to find success;
for her husband’s job to be blessed and protected;
for their 2 daughters to be successful in their studies and work
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 Presbyterian Church
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.”
Robert C. Scott
F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.
José E. Serrano
Terri A. Sewell
Michael K. Simpson
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.