Devotions for the Praying Heart
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But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus …..
Ephesians 2:4 – 6
In his wonderful book on prayer, Born for Battle, Arthur Matthews tells how Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) would be given the command to “Scramble!” during World War II when England was under enemy attack. To the RAF pilots, that command meant they were to take to the sky quickly and ascend as high as possible. For them to win the battle, they knew they must first gain a place of altitude above the attacking planes.

From that place, victory was virtually guaranteed.

Likening this to our position in prayer, Mr. Matthews reminds us that as believers we have already been raised up to the highest place of all. We have been raised up together with Jesus and seated with Him at God’s right hand, “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named … not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come” (Ephesians 1:21 Amp). Admonishing us to take that place by faith, he said:

“From only one position is it safe to approach and resist Satan, and that is from this position in Christ in the highest heavenlies. From this position Satan and his hosts are completely vulnerable.

“So for us also altitude is a vital factor. Victory depends on it. Understandably, therefore, Satan’s craft is dedicated to luring us away from this place of advantage and causing us to forget his vulnerability. The significance of being made powerful in the Lord is directly connected to the faith that maintains its position ‘far above all’ in all circumstances and … puts on Jesus Christ as the only adequate armor of God.”6

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10 – 18

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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