Main Point (Ephesians 6:10-13, 18-20): My prayer is the post guard that protects my mind and enables me to operate from an imagination of faith.
1. What is your motivation for prayer? How has it changed/developed during your journey as a believer?
2. Satan is a liar. When he lies he speaks out of his own nature. It’s the essence of his existence (John 8:44). According to Sunday’s sermon, Satan’s weapons are temptation, accusation, and deception, and these three typically go hand-in-hand.
a. How does this statement resonate with you?
b. When you find yourself in the thick of spiritual warfare, what thought(s)/lie(s) do you struggle with the most? How does that impact the way you relate to others, God, and the church?
3. Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, but “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (6:12b). If spiritual warfare is not flesh and blood, but is a battle that often takes place in the mind, prayer is the most important weapon we have to discern and rebuke the lies the enemy speaks.
a. In what areas of your life have you experienced victory through prayer?
b. How did that impact the way you relate to others, God, and the church?
4. Paul asks the Ephesians to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions” (6:18). Paul understands that the moment we become Christian is the moment we’re enlisted in spiritual warfare. He understands that spiritual warfare doesn’t happen only on some occasions but on all occasions, because the enemy is unrelentingly trying to destroy God’s people and his work.
a. What do you have to believe in order to want to apply this charge by Paul to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions” to do your day-to-day life?
b. Is there an application for you? If so what is it?
5. PRAYER: Spend time in prayer together. If helpful you can pray through the Armor of God.