sundays at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, & 4:30 PM

The War-Footing of the Christian

Pray for the Church Militant, here on earth, that she would take up her weapons. (Psalm 144.1-15; Ephesians 6.10-20; 2 Timothy 2.1-7)

  1. Pray that Christians would not love the world, that they would not be lulled to sleep by the world’s empty promises of peace, prosperity, security, and glory, but that the Church, refusing earthly entanglements, would look to the Lord for all these and more, for salvation in Christ, and dedication to “that which is above.” (Colossians 3.1-4; 2 Tim. 2.1-7)
  2. Pray that the Church would use her weapons rightly—prayer, meditation, fleeing and resisting evil influence and input, embracing sound doctrine and practice, saturating our minds with Scripture, refusing compromise, etc. that the Lord would be pleased to sharpen these armaments for the advancement of his kingdom. (2 Corinthians 10.1-6; Ephesians 6.10-20)
  3. Pray that the Church would follow the example of Christ in all her doing battle with evil, by gracious, truthful speech, Scripture discernment, knowing the times, keeping ourselves pure, committing ourselves to the Father as dear children, trusting in His Word and ways, and speaking Gospel truth to the world according to our places. (1 Peter 2.21-25)
  4. Pray that Christians would do battle with indwelling sin, mortifying it, resisting temptation, avoiding compromise, encouraging and lovingly correcting one another, and understanding their duty more and more. (Rom. 8.4-9; Col. 3.5-11)
  5. Pray that the Church would not involve herself in worldly thought and philosophy, that she would not bring the ideas of the enemy of our souls within the gate, that false teaching would be rooted out, and proper discipline would have its purging effect upon the house of the Lord, that Godly thinking would prevail. (Colossians 2.8; 1 Corinthians 19-23)
  6. Pray that the people of God would resist the Devil and his temptations, that we would not give up the fight, but reckoning the great danger that he presents, would steadfastly resist this enemy, looking unto Christ for deliverance. (1 Peter 5.8-9)
  7. Pray for the Church, having here no continuing city, that she would seek Christ outside the gate, following Him, bearing His reproach, loving Him more than father, mother, or any other earthly relation. (Hebrews 13.7-14)
  8. Pray that the Church would follow those Scripture metaphors of battle, purely worshipping the Lord, that His praises might lead the way, that our weapons would be spiritual, not carnal, that our praise to God and confidence in His victory would lead us to “do exploits” in the name of Christ, following Him on to victory. (Daniel 11.32; 2 Corinthians 10.1-4)