Strengthened - Day 4 - Praying in the Spirit
Ephesians 6:18-20 - 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
Some of the fondest memories I had growing up were times when I went camping or fishing with my dad. I can still remember the feeling of hitting the road in his 1972 El Camino. The best trips were the ones that took the longest. These times were a treasure, not only because it provided me with an escape from my younger siblings but also because along the way I had my dad’s full attention. He heard me and I heard him.
Prayer for the Christian is communion with God. It’s an essential part of our being in relationship with our Heavenly Father. We can know that he hears us because his word tells us so (Psalm 139:1–4). We know that God wants us to pray; he has created it so we can enjoy him (Rev. 3:20). However, what we ask of God must be in accordance to his will (1 John 5:14).
Paul, in verses 18-20, makes a distinct connection to the armor of God and praying. Paul said that praying in the Spirit is our main weapon of warfare. He reminds us again that we cannot succeed against our enemy if we rely on ourselves. He also outlines when, how, and who we should pray for. When should we pray? At all times. How? In the Spirit. For Who? For all the saints. God desires that we would pray to him about everything (Heb. 4:16) and to seek his guidance, counsel, and protection in our lives. All this because he is our good and loving father who has “blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing” (Eph. 1:3), who desires to hear us and us to hear him.
• How does having access to the God of the universe make you feel?
• In what ways are you neglecting that relationship?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for his listening heart and answers to prayer in your life.