Ephesians 6: 10-18 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.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, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
We stated at the beginning of this 10th reason why do believers or Christians pray that in order for us to overcome spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places we have to pray in the spirit. Before we begin to look at what it means to pray in the spirit let us first look at the stage being set by the apostle Paul. What did the apostle Paul begin by saying? Verse 10-11 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The apostle is saying that the believer or the Christian is at war. We are in a war by putting on the whole armour and praying in the spirit. The armour will enable us to stand against the wiles of the devil, while praying in the spirit will diminish and destroy that which is not seen or known.
Let’s look at the armour. http://www.wikihow.com/Put-on-the-Armor-of-God
The Belt (of Truth): “Stand firm in the belt of truth buckled around your waist” Ephesians 6:14. The belt of truth involves two places; our hearts and our minds. Truth keeps us secure in Christ and makes effective all the other pieces of armour. The belt of truth holds our amour in place. Commit yourself daily to walk in the light of God’s truth. “Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth!” Psalm 86:11
The Breastplate (of Righteousness): “with the breastplate of righteousness in place,” Ephesians 6:14 – A soldier with a breastplate goes into battle boldly with confidence. The devil is constantly attacking with lies, accusations and reminders of past sin. Without the breastplate of righteousness, these will penetrate your heart. Become aware of who you are in Christ Jesus. Come boldly into His presence (Hebrews 4:16).
The Shoes (of Peace & Preparation): “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” Ephesians 6:15 – Shoes allow us to step freely and without fear while we turn our full attention to the battle at hand. They aid in our movement and defence. The shoes God gives propel us onward to proclaim the true peace, which is available in Christ. Prepare yourself to follow the Lord no matter what.
The Shield (of Faith): “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Ephesians 6:16 – The shield not only defends our whole body but also our armour. The shield of faith has a very specific function, which the Bible makes abundantly clear: quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Not some but all of them. The shield moves with the attack no matter the direction.
The Helmet (of Salvation): “Take the helmet of salvation.” Ephesians 6:17 – Satan’s target: Your mind. Satan’s weapon: Lies. The enemy wants to make us doubt God and our salvation. The helmet protects our minds from doubting the truth of God’s saving work for us. “Since we belong to the day, we must be serious and put the armour of faith and love on our chests, and put on a Helmet of the Hope of Salvation” 1 Thessalonians 5:8
The Sword (of The Spirit): Put on “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 – The sword is the only weapon of offense in the armour, but it is also a tool for defence. Strongholds, arguments and thoughts are all weapons the enemy uses against us. With the Sword of the Spirit, God’s word, the people are equipped to deal with them all. We need to trust in the truth of God’s Word. Have confidence in the value of God’s word. Get a hunger and desire for it.
Prayer. “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:18
We know that when it comes to this subject matter the church is divided to what actually is praying in the spirit. Some may interpret it as praying from the heart. If the Holy Spirit who is the inspirer behind the writing of the word of God meant to say heart, He would have told the apostle Paul to write the word heart. Therefore when the apostle write praying in the spirit, we believe it is literal.
So what is praying in the spirit? Praying in the spirit is the ability of the Holy Spirit (which has come upon you) enabling you to speak in the tongue or the tongues of angels who minister before God.
1 Corinthians 13: 1 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
Acts 2:1-4 – When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 – There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
Why did we point out all of these scriptures, in order for you to see when the bible talks about praying in the spirit it means praying in the spirit and not praying from the heart. We tell you why the devil has deceived many to believe otherwise. When you are praying in the spirit you are bypassing the understanding of the devil. Remember he is no more a servant of God therefore he lacks the understanding of the tongues of angels.
How can we fight a spiritual war with a physical understanding? You are beating the air. If we are in a spiritual warfare which is not against flesh and blood, that means it takes the spirit to fight against the spirit of darkness. Nothing else will give you the edge beside the Holy Spirit which pray through you with different kinds of tongues and the devil cannot stand it.
What does the word of God say in 1 Corinthians 14:2? – For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him however in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
Can your mind comprehend you speaking to God with the tongues of angels, in the presence of God? Oh my God how wonderful is it to know that you can have and speak with the tongues of angels as you pray? If you do not have this gift begin to desire and pray that the Lord with fill you with His Spirit which will enable you to speak with the tongues of angels. Or you can believe the lies of the devil through his false teachers that you cannot have this gift.
Remember there’s a war going on and we are caught in the firing line. You can say enough is enough and begin to ask the Father to give you the fullness of His Spirit
Luke 11:13 – If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
Has anyone told you God the Father is anxious to give you the fullness of His Spirit? If no one did, we are saying to you right now if you ask the Father right now you will receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit with a new tongue to fight against the evil of darkness.
This is why every believer or Christian needs to pray. Because we are not fighting against flesh and blood. The evil one is hiding behind flesh and blood because he is a spirit. That is why we need to flush him out through praying in the spirit. Let no one deceive you through the spirit of deception that speaking in tongues is not of God or it needs to be understood by man. No, when you speak in tongues or with the tongues of angels you are speaking to God the Father and you should not bother if any one likes it or not. We can assure you only the devil and those that are his will reject you. And if they reject you, come and be a part of those who have the liberty to speak to the heavenly Father with the tongues He has given us to speak to Him. And begin to experience the changes that are going to take place in your life and in the life of your family. Praying in the spirit always is the antidote to the devil and his agents? This is why we pray because we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against powers of darkness and you and I need the tongues of angels to become overcomers.