Chuck Terrill: Christians are armed and dangerous
I recently saw a sign in front of a church. It read, “Prayer is not our last resort, it is our first response.” I agree. If you are a Christian, you ought to consider yourself “armed and dangerous.” That's right! You have God given permission to carry a concealed weapon. The Bible gives you your “concealed/carry” permit! The weapon that you carry is called “prayer.”
When the great Apostle Paul lists the weaponry of the Christian in the book of Ephesians, he includes prayer (Ephesians 6.10-18). Paul lists the defensive weapons, and the Christian certainly ought to be thankful for those. The Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and prayer, are listed as the offensive weapons in the Christian arsenal.
For some reason, prayer is one of the most under utilized tools in the history of Christianity! Let's learn to pray in faith.
Prayer is like a strategic missile that can be launched from any spot, at any time, day or night. Like a guided missile, prayer travels silently and undetected. The prayer that is launched in faith travels swiftly and is guaranteed to hit the target every time! The devil has no defense against prayer. There is no “anti-prayer” missile! The devil can not shoot prayer down! The prayer of faith is unstoppable. The devil can't stop me from praying, and he can’t keep my prayers from being heard.
There is a battle for souls that is raging. It is a supernatural battle that calls for supernatural resources. It is time to pray.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6.10-18).
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.