Get Real With This, Part II
Ephesians 6:18 NKJV
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…
Ephesians chapter 6 tells us we are constantly engaged in a spiritual battle where we fight against not the physical nor flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, and spiritual forces of evil in the supernatural realm.
Therefore, it is vital that we equip ourselves with spiritual resources in this warfare in order for the victory God has given us to be lived out and manifested.
On top of taking up and putting on the full armor of God, we have been instructed to be in the posture of prayer, as Paul writes in Ephesians 6:18.
We are to be praying always, at all times, at every opportunity. You may be thinking, “How do I ever do that? How do I work and do all I need to across the day and yet still be praying always?” Well, I believe what Paul is teaching us is to have an attitude of prayer. Prayer needs not happen only at a particular place or time. Prayer is not a mere formality or routine. We can be coming before God in worship on our way to work; when we meet someone in a café who does not know Christ, we pray God uses us to lead this person to receive Him; and when we encounter trouble, we pray for God’s deliverance. You see, prayer is about expressing to God our love for Him and acknowledging our need and dependence on Him, and our faith in Him and His promises.
Not only do we pray always, we ought to pray with all prayer and supplication. Most of the time, when we are in dire circumstances, we turn to just about everything before we resort to praying to our Father Who is able to provide all things. It is true that our human mind can think up viable options and possibilities to a situation or problem. But it is the leading of the Holy Spirit and the counsel of the Lord that guide us to what the wisest way is. And very often, if not always, it is in our time of focused prayer that we get ourselves in a prepared position to receive such revelation from the Lord. Therefore, lift all prayer, supplication and requests to our God.
As we pray always with all prayer and supplication, we are to be praying in the Spirit. Praying in the Spirit is praying in dependence on the Holy Spirit, under His direction and power, according to God’s will as revealed in His Word. Not according to our own intelligence, and definitely not merely laying before God plans we have made by ourselves and asking for His blessing. Instead, we come before Him asking that the Holy Spirit reveals and directs us in the things we are praying for.
To fight and gain victory in this spiritual battle, we must also pray watchfully and perseveringly. Just as a warrior needs to be alert in the battlefield, watching out for attacks from the enemy, we must be watchful for signs of the devil’s works and go into prayer immediately. Do you see someone in great despair? Pray that God strengthens this person and that Satan will have no hold on him. Your child is straying away from the Lord? Pray! Pray that God redirects his course and illuminates his path. The church is threatened with stagnation or constraints in resources? Be alert and pray! And in all things, pray with perseverance. Never give up coming before the Lord with our prayer and petition but devote yourself to it constantly. Wait on the Lord.
Apostle Paul ends off Ephesians 6:18 instructing us to be praying for all the believers. All of us believers are fellow warriors in this spiritual battle and we need the prayer support of one another in order that we are all advancing victoriously. Begin by praying for the leaders as well as members in your church, that together God uses all of you to overcome every obstacle and to win nations for Christ.
“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18
Pause and think for a moment. What would it look like when you choose to live out such a lifestyle of passionate prayer? What would your life produce?
Think about this for a moment, and you would sense God nudging in your spirit to embrace such a prayer life from this point forth. I pray we will all commit to do so.
Let us pray together.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the privilege to talk with You, hear from You and commune with You in prayer. Forgive me for those times when I have allowed other things in my life to preoccupy me that I left out to be with You in prayer. As I commit this day to have a life of constant prayer, help me and sustain me with discipline and perseverance. Let my heart yearn to commune with You out of my love for You. As the Holy Spirit directs me during the course of each day, I will lift up prayer and petition for all matters and for all believers to You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”