Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014 “The Peptalk”

“God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long.”Ephesians 6: 17-18 (The Message Bible)

Good Morning Friends in Christ!

When i was in high school, I remember purchasing Bill Cosby’s comedy album “Why Is There Air?” It was hilarious, and he remains one of our great national treasures. One of his classic monologues was of his days playing football for the Temple Owls (who weren’t very good.) He told of a “pep talk” his coach gave in the locker room just before the game to get the players all fired up for play. As Cosby put it, it went something like this: The coach says, “Let me hear you say kill…KILL! Let me hear you say fight…FIGHT! let me hear you say win…WIN! So we ran through the locker room, turned over benches, yelling, banging into the lockers, ran to the door to go out onto the field, all fired up…and the door was locked!” Needless to say, it was a rather inauspicious way to begin preparing for a big game.

The passage I quoted today from Ephesians might be compared to this Cosby monologue in the following way. Paul is the coach. He has the “players” suiting up for battle by putting on the whole armor of God. Each piece is put on… Each “player” wearing the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and has in hand the sword of the Spirit, which Paul calls an “indispensable weapon”, which it most certainly is. All ready to do battle…all ready for the big game. But wait…the door is locked! The armor is of no use if we can’t take the field. Where is the key? The key is “PRAYER”. As we ready ourselves for the battle, we must be sure that we do not neglect the most important element of prayer, or we cannot even take the field.  Theologian Charles Spurgeon says,

“Prayer brings inner strength to God’s warriors and sends them forth to spiritual battle with their muscles firm and their armor in place.” 

The outer strength we carry with us is provided by being clothed in the armor of God. The “Inner Strength” we need comes from daily prayer. Just as the athlete trains by building himself or herself up physically through rigorous exercise, the Christian prepares for life’s daily battles by building up the inner man or woman through prayer. So as you suit up for battle, don’t forget the key to the locker room that leads out to the battlefield. Don’t forget to pray. Let’s pray!

Mighty Lord; I pray for inner strength to face today’s challenges. May Your Holy Spirit dwell within my heart in all its fullness that I might go from victory unto victory in the cause of Christ. Strengthen and sustain me for Your glorious purposes. This I pray in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen!

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