Ephesians chapter 6 is a really important chapter in our conversation about enemies in the Bible. Paul reminds us that people are not our enemies. The devil is. “Our battle 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.” In other words, people are not our greatest enemy.
Paul points to the reality that we live in a physical world AND a spiritual world. The spiritual world is just as real, though we can’t see it. The spiritual world is just as important to pay attention to, and when it comes to facing enemies, the spiritual world is a world in which we need some help. Paul goes on in Ephesians 6 to give us our battle orders.
First, put on the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the devil’s attacks. Second, once you’re geared up with God’s weapons, pray.
Prayer is the way that we fight the battle against the devil and his forces of darkness. Prayer might not seem like much of a battle, but it puts us in position to see God work to deliver His kingdom into our world. Luther says that when we pray, “Thy will be done” we are actually praying for God to break and hinder every evil plan of the devil! Prayer does great things! The battle takes place on our knees.
Dear Jesus, Fight for us! Defend us from the devil’s attacks. Thy will be done! Amen.