Ephesians 6:16-18 (JDV)
Ephesians 6:16 In every situation taking up the shield of the faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Ephesians 6:17 Take the helmet of the salvation and the sword of the Breath – which is the statement of God –
Ephesians 6:18 praying during all seasons in the Breath with every prayer and request, and staying alert with every perseverance and request concerning all the devotees.
all about warfare
It is impossible to cover this amazing text briefly. There is just too much here. I want to highlight the five times Paul uses the word πᾶς (each, every, all).
every situation – spiritual warfare is fought one battle at a time.
all the flaming arrows – they may come in bunches, but the faith can extinguish them all.
all seasons – there is no vacation time for the prayer warrior.
every prayer and request – each prayer requires alertness and watchfulness.
all the devotees – the objective of warfare is not simply self-protection – it is protection and victory for your whole army.
Lord, open our eyes to the reality of the war going on around us, and make us capable soldiers.