Ephesians 6:18-20
1 Thessalonians 5:17
“Pray without ceasing.”
The Ephesian Christians could do everything within their ability according to the instructions that Paul had given them. However, it is God who brings everything to completion. The Apostle reminded them that they had to speak to God. They must not cease to pray. There could not be a church without prayer. And prayer is the main part of any worship.
Paul gave them directions in prayer in these words: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Eph 6:18). This is a fitting prescription for our prayer meetings. The exhortation to pray means there must be time and place set aside for prayer. It also requires faithfulness.
The Apostle was soldiering on in preaching the gospel. Even though he was in prison, this did not deter him from speaking for Christ. He needed prayer to fulfil that duty to make known the gospel boldly. He did not ask for prayer that he be released from prison but he gave priority to the success of the gospel. He said he was an ambassador in bonds. He represented Christ in the Roman palace and his consulate was the prison. Elsewhere he testified that even those of Caesar’s household heard the gospel (Phil 4:22). He wanted to speak boldly.
A soldier of Christ having on the full armour cannot fulfil his duties fully without following the heavenly command to pray. He must speak to God and listen to God. One important characteristic of a soldier is discipline. This makes him ready whenever a need arises. This was the Apostle’s desire for the Christians at Ephesus. Pray that you may follow these steps.
THOUGHT: God’s house is built by prayer and faithfulness.
PRAYER: Lord, make me a prayer warrior for Thy kingdom.