“And 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.”
The Message Bible says, “In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”
Ephesians 6 is best known as being the “Armor of God” chapter. In essence, Paul is talking to the Ephesians about Spiritual Warfare. In the same way, through the Word, God is talking to us today about how we arm ourselves for the trials and tribulations that the enemy likes to throw our way. Every warrior has to be properly suited up, not just to wage war, but to survive. That is why we are told to put on the “whole” armor of God, not just pieces.
For just a moment though, I’d like for us to focus on Ephesians 6:18. After Paul has talked to the church in Ephesus about putting on the “whole” armor of God, he then tells them to” pray in the Spirit, on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” In other words, once you are properly suited up you have to plug into the source, the Holy Spirit. And how do you do that? Through prayer. You pray in the Spirit so that strategies are laid out before you, so that the battle plan is formed, so that no weakness is left open, so that all strengths are fortified, so that all the bases are covered. Praying “in the Spirit” helps us to know what to pray for even when we don’t. The Holy Spirit knows how to thwart the enemy, how to seal your whole armor, how to protect God’s army, and how to win the war!
Paul concludes by emphasizing the importance of always being alert, not just for yourself, but for your fellow soldiers. Your fellow soldiers are your brothers and sisters in the Lord, the saints. That is why so often when we pray, Holy Spirit will bring to mind names of people (that we know or don’t know). When that happens, pray it out, pray for those people. Lift them up! Make no mistake, the enemy is like a roaming lion seeking to devour each and every soldier in God’s army. Only through praying in the Spirit and keeping our eyes open will we succeed in what God has called us to do.
Have you prayed in the Spirit today? : )