The Big Read – Daily Read
v10-12: We need God’s almighty power and His all-sufficiency if we are to overcome all the Devil’s attacks, “all the schemes he throws at us, all the traps he lays for us, and all the conspiracies he directs against us” that tempt us to sin.
v13-16: “To stand our ground against Satan is to fight against sin,” and to do that we need the Lord’s armour as well as the Lord’s strength. We put on the Lord’s armour as we trust in Christ and continue to trust in Him, because He is the truth. It is His righteousness we have been clothed with. He brings peace with God and with one another. Faith in the good news about Him is what extinguishes all the lies of the Devil. He is also the One who saves us by His death and resurrection.
v17: “When Scripture is hidden in the heart, it will protect us from sin.”
v18: We must pray always, “pleading to receive God’s help as the situation requires.” We must pray all kinds of prayers, “public and private, social and solitary, solemn and sudden” and “with all the parts of prayer: confession of sin, petition for mercy, and giving thanks for favours received,” and persevering in doing so. We must pray not only for ourselves, but for all the saints, for “no one is such a saint and in such a good condition in this world that they do not need our prayers; and they should have them.”
v19-20: Pastors need the prayers of people, benefit from those prayers, “and should therefore earnestly desire those prayers.” Pray for them that they will “communicate the whole will of God, without any deceit, fear, shame, or bias.”
Quotes from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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