“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” Eph. 6:18.
We have seen thus far that prayer in the New Testament has a purpose and it is done for a purpose. It is to the intent that our eyes of understanding may be enlightened. We pray that we might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding and by this, we walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing being fruitful in every good work, then we further increase in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:9-11). The more you know God, the more you realise that there are far more important things to pray about than mundane things of this life. Our ultimate desire is to please the One who gave Himself for us (2 Cor. 5:14-15).
We have also examined the fact that there are prayer points already prescribed for us. Now, you will observe that majority of these prayers were prayed for other believers. True New Testament inspired prayers are selfless, in other words, you are not said to be labouring in prayer until others take the centre stage! All Paul’s prayers were prayed for other believers and he requested that they should pray for him too. Revelation places a huge responsibility on us for others. When we pray for other believers, it is not as though they cannot pray for themselves because in actual fact, every believer has a direct access to the Father through the blood of Jesus (Heb. 10:19-21), it is rather a mark of love and brotherly affection.
Our text states that we should pray always in the Spirit and watch in the same with perseverance and supplication for all saints. Supplication is an attitude with which you pray. It is a burning and all consuming desire to see other lives changed by the power of God’s Word through prayer. Weymouth’s translation of Eph. 6:18 says “Pray with unceasing prayer and entreat on every fitting occasion in the Spirit, no always on alert to seize opportunities for doing so, with unwearied persistence and entreaty on behalf of all God’s people”
To pray “in the Spirit” means to pray in tongues! “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit IN THE SPIRIT he speaketh mysteries”(1 Cor. 14:2). God has given us a way by which we can be selfless and ceaseless in prayer, it is by praying in tongues with God’s people as our primary focus!
Start today by praying for the spiritual development of all believers around the world using these Pauline prayers as your focus. Gal. 4:19; Eph. 1:17-23; 3:14-20; Phil. 1:9-11; Col. 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 3:10.
Pray for ministers of the gospel who are labouring in preaching and teaching for more utterance, boldness and deliverance from evil men who oppose the preaching and the hearing of the gospel. Rom. 15:30-31; Eph. 6:19-20; Col. 4:3; 1Cor. 16: 9; 2Thess. 3:1-2; Acts. 4:30.
You cannot say you don’t know what to pray for any more! Praying for others will add vigour and consistency to you prayer life. We’ll conclude tomorrow by looking at the last group of people we were instructed to pray for.
It’s time to pray!