After telling us to put on the whole armour of God, Paul writes, “Praying always.” Why? Because prayer is the real battleground. That’s where you take back what the enemyhas stolen from you. That’s where you bring to pass on earth what God’s already decided in heaven.
It was when Joshua prayed that he received both the strength and the strategy, to take Jericho. (Joshua 5:13). Until you pray, what do you have to obey? Until you hear from God, whose authority are you acting on?
The large shields used by Roman soldiers in battle could be locked together in such a way that an entire row could move forward as one single unit, each soldier fully protected. They looked like a moving wall! Their protection was multiplied because of their unity! Their power was increased, because of their ability to work together!
The call of God to us today is a call to unity. As we join together in prayer, the power of God to save, heal, and deliver, is released. The Bible says, “One [can] chase a thousand, and two [can] put ten thousand to flight” (Deuteronomy 32:30).
There are times when we are alone in the lions’ den, and God delivers us. There are other times when we are together in the fiery furnace, and our collective faith brings us through. In most cases, it’s “the prayer of agreement” that releases the greatest degree of power, and wins the biggest victories (Matthew 18:19). So today, start looking for some prayer partners!