Alan Clark (17
Your Spiritual Weapons-Prayer"
Use Your Spiritual Weapons
Peter was therefore kept in prison,
but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
Martin Lloyd Jones said, "Of all of the blessings of a
Christian's salvation, none is greater than this. We have access
to God in prayer."
Think about the daunting challenge the church of the first
century faced. They had no political base, no voting block in
the Roman Senate, and no emperor of Rome who was sympathetic
toward them. The first Christians did not outargue the pagans;
they outlived them. Christianity made no attempts to conquer
paganism and dead Judaism blow by blow. Instead, the Christians
of the first century outfought, outlived, and outprayed the
That is because they recognized that their weapons were not
physical, they were spiritual. We don't read that the Christians
armed themselves and led a revolt against Rome. Rome had the
most powerful military on the face of the earth at that time.
The first-century believers essentially said, "Let's fight fire
with fire. Let's recognize this is a spiritual battle, and let's
use spiritual weaponry."
In Acts 12, we find the early church facing an incredible
difficulty. Herod had James, who was one of Jesus' disciples and
the brother of John, executed. Then he decided to throw Peter in
prison. So what did the church do? Did they undertake a campaign
to have Herod overthrown? No. We read that "constant prayer was
offered to God for [Peter] by the church" (verse 5).
What is the spiritual weaponry that God has given us to fight
the battle today? It is primarily prayer and the preaching of
The problem is that we don't use this weaponry. We use political
means or other avenues to try to solve the problems, and we end
up like a person trying to put a forest fire out with a squirt
gun. Let's use the spiritual weapons that God has given us.