Pray in the Spirit

Daily God Walk for Monday, May 9, 2011

 Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. – Ephesians 6:18-19

 In this book Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus he is revealing his heart for the believer. In chapter one he says he keeps praying for them to understand their hope and the power God has vested in them. In chapter three he is praying that they will have strength and power through “his Spirit in your inner being” (v16).

In chapter six Paul winds up his teaching by reminding them that they are not on a Sunday picnic. They are in a war, a war of the worlds if you will. He tells them that they are at war with spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm (v12).

Then he tells them to be sure they are well covered with armor. He calls it “the full armor of God.” This armor includes truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. The final tool in our arsenal of warfare is prayer.

Paul tells us to “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” What does it mean to pray in the Spirit? There are different ideas of what that means but we all agree that it is praying which goes beyond the ordinary and reaches to the depth of the soul as the spirit of man reaches out to the Spirit of God in great travail.

If we are to be effective in this war of the worlds; the world of God’s Spirit and kingdom against the spirit of this world and its kingdoms, then we must pray in the Spirit. We must be moved by the needs around us that our compassion for others becomes the passion which fuels our prayer. When that happens we will pray in the Spirit.

 Prayer: Father, lead me as I pray that I realize that we are at war and the eternal destination is being established for men and women. Grant me to pray in the Spirit. In Jesus name, amen.

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