Ephesians Day 31: All the Time, in Every Way.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (6:18)
When it comes to the armour of God there’s one piece that often gets forgotten: prayer. After detailing the different bits of the armour: footwear, belt, breastplate, helmet, shield and sword, Paul immediately says “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (6:18).
Prayer is like a cloak for the rest of the armour – it gets put on last and covers and completes the rest. An active prayer life is like a spiritual forcefield around our lives. In just the armour we’re still vulnerable, but with armour and prayer we’re a force to be reckoned with. If you’re not praying, that extra protection and potency is just left hanging on a hook, useless to your daily living, as useless as the never-opened Bible.
But we can be undermined not just by no prayer, but also by too little. Paul says we should pray on all occasions, and with all kinds of prayers. Nothing is too big to tackle or too trivial to include. Don’t just pray once a day, pray all day. Not just at home in your quiet time, but on your commute, in the office, everywhere. Don’t just pray for blessing, pray for anointing. Pray for more. Pray for the little conveniences, and the big injustices. Pray for yourself, pray for others. Pray, pray, pray.
And don’t miss the crucial qualification right at the beginning of the verse: “pray in the Spirit”. This isn’t prayer that’s timid, selfish or directionless. This is prayer that’s bold, Kingdom-focused and strategic. We must pray in the Spirit – let God’s Spirit guide and inform our prayers. We should pray in agreement with God, in His power and with His purposes in mind. By comparison, prayer on our own would be self-serving, stale and sterile.
The more we pray the more we’ll want to pray. The more we pray, the more powerful our witness is. The more we pray, the more we’ll enter into the fullness of God’s purpose for our lives. PRAY!
To take away: If you’re not praying enough (and no one is), make a commitment today to pray more, and think strategically and practically about how and where you can devote more time to prayer. You can’t afford not to.
This is the finalpost in a 31-day walk through Ephesians. Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it and discovered more of God’s love for you and what He wants for your life. There’ll be more good content coming soon on this blog, so please subscribe, and tell others about it. Thanks again, and God bless.