Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, Ephesians 6:11-19

Yesterday, May 7, 2009, was the National Day of Prayer across our great land of America and many of us had the blessed privilege to gather together with other members of the body of Christ from other congregations for the purpose of prayer for our nation. Our local gathering this year was held at the First Baptist Church in Cokato where we sang hymns of thanksgiving, of praise, of teaching and of intercession. Pastor Dan Swanson spoke briefly upon the above scripture and especially pointed out that there are not only six weapons by which we stand fast upon, but rather that there are seven! Yes, count em! If we count six,

1) they are the belt of truth;
2) the breastplate of righteousness;
3) the feet which bring the gospel of peace;
4) the shield of faith,
5) the helmet of salvation,
6) and the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.

Pastor Dan pointed out that in reality there are indeed seven weapons. Read further at verse 18. "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel," Eph 6:18-19

He challenged us on this National Day of Prayer to remember that the battle is the Lord's and that this is a spiritual warfare that is taking place in our world today. May we hear the message of the Lord which was spoken through his servant and remember to avail ourselves of the seventh weapon that God has gifted us with so that we would have power with God and with men.

For the sake of His glory and honor, may we heed this call to prayer today!

Together in Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala





Posted on 08 May 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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