Pastor’s Pen: Sandwich ends
When order a sandwich at a sit-down restaurant, what do you like? Maybe you like turkey with tomato. Perhaps it’s roast beef with dijon mustard. It could be a pulled pork sandwich with sweet barbecue sauce. Last week I had a double stacked club sandwich I could barely fit in my mouth. It was excellent.
Normally when we consider our preferred sandwich we think about what goes in the middle, but what about the ends? What about the bread? I’m always caught off guard by the server’s question, “What kind of bread would you like?” I never really considered it. Of course, most of us get the same type of bread every time. If your sandwich came out with everything perfect, except it was on rye instead of white you would probably send it back. The bread isn’t considered much, but is highly important. It makes the sandwich. Without it you have a pile of deli meat and cheese. With it, you have a fork-free meal.
In Ephesians 6, we often think about the meat in the middle. We like to examine the armor of God, going through each piece and describing it in full detail. But this passage has two pieces of bread holding it altogether. Without them, the armor is powerless. Let’s look at the two surrounding verses:
Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”
Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
Both of those verses contain a similar theme – reliance on the Lord. I must depend on the Lord’s strength and His power. The armor of God is “of God.” It isn’t “of Layton.” I must depend on God and come to God in prayer. Prayer is an acknowledgment of my complete dependence on God. Either I’m thanking Him for what He has done, giving praise for who He is or requesting His intervention.
The battle is there. Satan is powerful. Put on the full armor of God relying, not on your determination; but on His power. “Pray all the time.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)