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Even a casual glance at the history of human warfare quickly shows that the warrior with the longest reach usually has the advantage. Those who have the longest sword, the stronger bow, or the height advantage, usually have the winning hand in combat.
And this “longer reach” capability not only applies just to combat such as military missiles and guidance systems, but also in sports- a boxer’s longer reach; a quarterback’s 70 yard pass; an Olympic runner’s longer stride and so on, all continue to demonstrate the power of the longer reach! Even young David’s conquest of the giant Goliath was a product of David’s longer “reach” by means of a sling & rock outside the reach of Goliath’s spear! Human warfare has always been about the length of one’s “reach!”
So it is in the life of a Christ-follower; it is a Biblical-given that the person who is in Christ is going to face some sort of combat (literally and/or figurative) in their life. There are so many seen and unseen threats that hinder the maturation process of the Christ-follower- sometimes even those that are the result of the Christ-Follower’s own thoughts and conduct! Nevertheless, that which has the longest reach will have the greatest opportunity for victory.
For the Christ-follower, their weapon with the longest reach is prayer; prayer in the Spirit of Christ driven by the Spirit of Christ (Ephesians 6:18, Jude 19-21, Romans 8:26). For those in Christ, the weapon of far-reaching prayer not only out-reaches the weapons of the enemies of life, but also circumvents, penetrates and dismisses all the other “missiles” launched by their enemies. (Eph 6:16) The prayers of the saints go directly to the Father through Jesus who, sitting at the right hand of God, is far above all of creation; this is the longest reach that exists in the weaponry of the Christ-follower.
The Apostle Paul makes clear how to implement this type of prayer as a way of life in 1st Thessalonians 15:16-18:
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Yes, in so many ways, life has its times of war and combat; life has weapons, yet compared to Spirit-driven prayer, life’s weapons are just short range.
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