The Many Ways of Prayer
18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
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In Ephesians 6:18 Paul had just finished giving the instructions of how a soldier should dress for a spiritual fight. Following that, (once suited up) comes the time for prayer. So according to Paul, you put on the armour and then you pray. Remember, prayer is a very important part of a spiritual fight.
Stopping Christians from ascending to heaven is the main job of the enemy (Satan, devil, deceiver). In fact, he accomplishes this with the help of his host of demons (fallen angels). Also, Satan’s objective is to obstruct our relationships with Jesus.
In the same way, Satan is the prince of this world (for now) and his power is strong. As a result, staying close to God and keeping our eyes open and prayers on our lips is a must. Although it seems as if Satan is in control, he is not in total control. Because God limits Satan’s powers. However, he and his army can still do much spiritual harm if we are not careful.
These enemies are unseen and come attacking Christians at any and all times. In fact, demons are in all heavenly places. For instance, Satan and his minions have all of the area between the stars (heavens) and the earth. That is to say that they have the heavens and earth in which to move around easily.
Paul tells the people to always be ready for an attack from Satan. How? In this case, each day put on the Armour of God and fight back? Paul says we fight with prayer. And therefore, we are to be ever ready at “all times” for prayer that may be needed.
What kind of prayers should we use?
- Meditational – meditating on God’s word
- Quick Prayer – a prayer said quickly when words fail us. An example – Father help me stay strong!
- Emergency – a forced prayer immediately comes from you, brought out by stress or circumstances.
- Pray in the Spirit.
What is “praying in the Spirit”?
Praying in the Spirit means we pray in, with or by the means of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps, in a time when we need the Holy’s Spirits guidance of what or how to pray. Also, there are times when the situation requires that the Holy Spirit intercede for us.
“With all prayers” refers to different kinds of prayers.
- Pray alone, or with family/friends. In business, on the way to or from somewhere.
- Pray in the heart without a voice.
- Or spoken with a voice from your heart.
“Supplication” is petitioning God earnestly for something (to plead humbly for another or yourself).
- This means to be continually in an attitude of prayer.
- Be observant of everything – what or whomever needs prayer.
- Many times Christians will pray in supplication when facing a temptation.
“Make supplication for all saints”
- Pray for Christians
- Being on guard, watch for the enemy to attempt to take your attention off God.
My Prayer for: Ephesians 6:18
I worship you Lord, today and every day. You are the almighty who is always in total control. Once again, thank you Father God that I never have to worry about anything.
I love this verse! I don’t have to be smart, I don’t have to have money, I do not have to have an abundant of friends. Prayer to God is all that I need.
There are times that I need to use my own words to speak to you Father, but then there are times when the Holy Spirit speaks for me instead.
When I can’t seem to find the right words to pray (for a person or a situation), the Holy Spirit helps me. I can relax and be comforted that I have just prayed the perfect prayer for that person and/or situation.
On the other hand, I could feel a nudge to pray in the Spirit. Meaning that I could be praying for a person or situation halfway around the world. However, I don’t even know who or what I am praying for, but you do.
There are so many facets to prayer. Father please help me to remain open, keep alert and ready to pray at any given time. And for any situation, whenever prayer is needed.
Thank you Father. May I always pray according to your will..
In the name of your precious son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen