“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18).
Paul ends this section encouraging us to pray fervently for ourselves, for each other and for the work of the Church.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”
Each one of us, moves forward on our knees. Praying reminds us of the battle, reminds us of the source of our strength and defense, and reminds God that we are fully committed to following Him as obedient and faithful soldiers.
Your time spent in prayer and supplication in the Spirit, is the final weapon. Prayer covers and clothes us like a mantle
The time has never been more critical for believers to be armed and ready with the spiritual weapons that God has provided! I cannot emphasize this enough.
Prayer and Bible study are the most powerful tools for combating Satan’s weapons.
When we put on this whole armor of God, we will be prepared for Satan’s attempts to attack us with pride, envy, lust for forbidden pleasures, itching ears, disappointment, discouragement, doubt or division—or any other tricks he may use.
Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 10:16 that “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
Spiritual struggles and attacks of the enemy are inevitable for the Christian, but God has provided His protection.
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Since we don’t always know how to pray as we should, if we have the Spirit in us and are led by that Spirit, Paul says “the Spirit” will make intercession for us. This means that although we do not always know exactly what we should be praying for, God knows our hearts by living in us.
No matter how clumsily Christians present their requests and no matter how jumbled and confusing they are, God will always know what they are trying to say. Through His Spirit working in us, He has intimate knowledge of our hearts and minds. He understands us and will always work things out for the best in the long run.
In what has become known as the “Lord’s prayer,” Jesus Christ lays out for us a framework for praying to God. It is not a strict, inflexible format to which we must adhere every time we come before God but rather an excellent checklist of things we do need to take the time to pray about.
We should be praying on a regular basis for, among other things, God’s will to be done, our needs to be taken care of, the forgiveness of our sins and deliverance from Satan.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Whatever you may be facing in life, keep on praying!
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
We need to pray for others but also pray for ourselves. Our lives are filled with reminders that we can’t make it on our own. It would be inconceivable to refrain from asking God for the help we so desperately require.
Our God stands ready to provide us with the strength, wisdom and courage we need to stand against our enemy, but He wants us first to come before Him and ask for it. Will we?
When Jesus prayed fervently before His crucifixion, He knew what He wanted to happen. But He always remembered that His Father was in charge and had the eternal best interests of everyone in mind. It is important for us to pray for God’s will to be done too.
Set time aside to talk to God and don’t take it lightly. Don’t put it off or dela it. Make time to talk to your Creator.
We need to establish a steady, well founded relationship with God. We need to develop a proper mind-set to be praying always and win our spiritual war.
Make it a goal to study the armor of God in greater depth.
Remember, we’re at war.
Let’s be alert to Satan’s devices, and let’s put on the whole armor of God!
By Stella Ashworth
The Bay Friendship Club
Christian Networking Group