Man Your Battle Stations

Though I never served in the military, I do know that when the commanding officers yelled, “Man Your Battle Stations!”… he meant just exactly that. As followers Of Jesus Christ, we are in a battle as well. In the spiritual warfare we maneuver in, we must always beware of our surroundings. We must be sure that we do our job! This sermon outline speaks of taking our place as a watchman and interceding on behalf of others! May it challenge your hearts! 

Title: “Man Your Battle Stations!”

Text: Ephesians 6:18Ephesians 6:18
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18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

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(Ephesians 6:18Ephesians 6:18
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18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

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) “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”  (KJV)

Introduction:

•    Paul as he concludes his teaching on spiritual warfare he asserts the importance of praying.
•    We are in a spiritual battle, whether we comprehend it or not! Prayer is vital!
•    I want to illustrate, for those who are saved, the subject of intercessory prayer!
•    Bible terminology deems intercessory prayer with that of a watchman!
•    A watchman was a person who had a job to do. Their task was to man a tower, or walk (sit or whatever) along the walls of the city and watch for anything that could bring harm to the city! If they failed to warn those within the city, then they were to blame! They were to also bring word to the king of any person who approached the city.
•    This terminology is employed by Jesus and also NT writers of how we are to be in our prayer lives!
•    Will you man your battle station?


Proposition: There are three things we must do as a watchman in order to intercede in prayer as we should!

I.    To Be A Watchman We Must Observe!

A.    We must be watchful for our own souls!

B.    We must be watchful for others’ needs!

“God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.” – Oswald Chambers

C.    Consider some verses:

(Habakkuk 2:1Habakkuk 2:1
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2 1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. tower: Heb. fenced place unto me: or, in me when...: or, when I am argued with: Heb. upon my reproof, or, arguing  

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) “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.”  (KJV)
(Matthew 26:41Matthew 26:41
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41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  

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) “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  (KJV)
(Matthew 26:38Matthew 26:38
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38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.  

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) “Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.”  (KJV)

(1 Thessalonians 5:61 Thessalonians 5:6
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6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.  

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) “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”  (KJV)

(2 Timothy 4:52 Timothy 4:5
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5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. make...; or, fulfil  

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) “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”  (KJV)

(Hebrews 13:17Hebrews 13:17
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17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. have...: or, guide  

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) “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”  (KJV)

(1 Peter 4:71 Peter 4:7
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7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  

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) “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”  (KJV)

 

II.    To Be A Watchman We Must Warn!

A.    Ezekiel had a unique ministry that depicts this aspect of being a watchman!

(Ezekiel 3:17Ezekiel 3:17
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17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.  

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) “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.”  (KJV)

(Ezekiel 33:7Ezekiel 33:7
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7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.  

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) “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”  (KJV)

B.    Intercessory prayer will help you to warn others!

C.    God will burden your heart and you will not only “tell the King”, but you will warn those who need it!

D.    To see something that needs to be addressed and not say anything is to be guilty yourself!

III.    To Be A Watchman We Must Persistently Pray!

A.    Our text speaks of watching in prayer!

(Ephesians 6:18Ephesians 6:18
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18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

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) “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”  (KJV)

B.    We should spend time in intercessory prayer for people!

C.    Consider what Isaiah said:

(Isaiah 62:6-7Isaiah 62:6-7
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6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, make...: or, are the LORD's remembrancers 7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. rest: Heb. silence  

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) “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”  (KJV)

D.    We need some people to man their battle stations in prayer!

Conclusion:

To The Sinner:

•    Repent and believe the gospel!

To The Christian:

•    Will you man your battle station?

 

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6 Fold Prayer Of A Passionate Pastor

As pastors we have to pray for others because that is an intricate part of ministry. Among the timely prayers made for our family, friends and parishioners, one must not neglect to purposefully pray for self. We are not to be like the mechanic who is often reported to drive the shabbiest car because he is too busy fixing everyone’s car that he has no time to repair his own. We must pray for ourselves!

A great man of God was said to have prayed a 6 fold prayer for himself! This man was none other than Oswald J. Smith. Consider what he is said to have prayed for…

6 Fold Personal Prayer List For A Passionate Pastor

#1 – To Be A Victorious Man!

(Joshua 1:8Joshua 1:8
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8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. have...: or, do wisely  

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) “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”  (KJV)

#2 – To Be A Spirit-Filled Man!

(Ephesians 5:18Ephesians 5:18
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18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  

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) “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”  (KJV)

(Galatians 5:22-23Galatians 5:22-23
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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  

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) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”  (KJV)

#3 – To Be A Man Of Prayer!

(Psalms 91:1Psalms 91:1
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91 1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. abide: Heb. lodge  

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) “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”  (KJV)

(Jeremiah 33:3Jeremiah 33:3
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3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. mighty: or, hidden  

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) “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”  (KJV)

#4 – To Be A Man Of The WORD!

(1 Timothy 4:121 Timothy 4:12
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12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  

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(2 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 2:15
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15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  

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) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  (KJV)

(James 1:22-25James 1:22-25
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22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. deed: or, doing  

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) “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”  (KJV)

#5 – To Be A Surrendered Man!

(Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:1-2
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12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  

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) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  (KJV)

#6 – To Be A Man Of One Purpose

(Philippians 3:13-15Philippians 3:13-15
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13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.  

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) “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”  (KJV)

Conclusion

I do not think I could add much more to this list. Certainly, if one would give himself to these 6 axioms of life, then I feel that the Almighty could use them. I challenge everyone who claims to be a preacher to seek after these sacred ingredients of a passionate pastor!

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A Compilation Of Remarks About Prayer For Every Pastor’s Use

If you are like me, then you are always on the lookout for great axioms on prayer. From time to time I will come across some kernels of truth about this essential practice that seems to springboard my Christian walk. It is my hope that this list of 34 remarks on prayer will be of some use to you in your walk with God and as a leader in your local church.

34 Remarks On The Subject Of Prayer

#1 – The preacher’s best work is done on his knees.

#2 – If God did not intend to hear us, he would not bid us pray.

#3 – God does nothing but by prayer.

#4 – The right man, praying the right kind of prayer, will get the right kind of answer.

#5 – You don’t have to be talented to pray.

#6 – What is wrong with me is wrong with my prayer life.

#7 – Prayer is the key that opens and shuts heaven. (James 5:17-18James 5:17-18
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17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. earnestly: or, in his prayer subject...: of the same nature, that is, a fellow mortal 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.  

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#8 – The object of prayer is to move the arm of God.

#9 – The object of prayer is to get the ear of God.

#10 – The object of prayer is to get the answer.

#11 – Prayer is to the soul what breathing is to the body.

#12 – Until you pray, you can do nothing but pray.

#13 – We should pray specifically, seriously, and steadfastly.

#14 – Unbelief says, I see something in the hand of God, and I cannot get it.

#15 – Don’t treat prayer like a spare tire.

#16 – Very little of eternal importance is done apart from prayer.

#17 – Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies beyond the will of God.

#18 – The quickest way to get a church on its feet is to get it on its knees.

#19 – “What a man is, he is on his knees before God, and nothing more.” – Robert Murray McCheyne

#20 – What comes from God in a promise should be sent back to Him in a prayer. (Revelation 22:20Revelation 22:20
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20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  

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#21 – You can’t get a $10,000 answer to a 10-cent prayer.

#22 – Where I cannot go on my feet, I can go on my knees.

#23 – I am praying that God will make me:

1. A victorious man
2. A Spirit-filled man
3. A man of prayer
4. A man of the Word
5. A surrendered man
6. A man of one purpose
– Oswald J. Smith

#24 – Five ingredients in prayer:

1. Praise
2. Thanks
3. Confession
4. Intercession
5. Petition

#25 – The measure of your spiritual life is your prayer life.

#26 – I want God to hear me when I pray and men to hear me when I preach.

#27 – If you cannot go to God with a broken heart go to Him for one.

#28 – You are not going to reach the masses by great sermons. We must “move the arm that moves the world.” To do that, we must be clear and right before God. – D. L. Moody

#29 – A church is only as powerful as it is prayerful.

#30 – “Prayer pulls the rope, and the great bell rings above in the ear of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly; others give but an occasional pluck at the rope; but he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continually with all his might.” – C. H. Spurgeon

#31 – The ministry of Christ reflected His prayer life.

#32 – Our ministry reflects our prayer life.

#33 – “Communion is the line that joins us to the battery of God’s power.” – M. R. DeHaan

#34 – “He who would preach powerfully must pray effectively.” – Dr. Oswald J. Smith

These remarks have been taken from the book A Manual For Young Pastors (And Older Ones Too) by Dr. Jim Phillips. Dr. Phillips has graciously given permission for The Working Pastor to use his material. Any quotes from here need to be given to Dr. Phillips. For those who would like a copy of this book simply contact Brother Phillips: Dr. Jim Phillips – 13 Darby Hill Lane Taylors, SC 29687 or call: 864-609-9431 The book is $17.00 and $3.00 S&H.;

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Originally posted 2011-02-16 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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