Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV) praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Greetings to all our Brothers and Sisters in Christ who celebrate with me Spiritual Freedom and Liberty from sin right where we are! Hallelujah! As we fellowship and grow together on this journey we must be mindful to edify one another. In this months in-field mission report I would like to share the message on my heart about prayer in the believers life. I want to start with a little self-evaluation for each of us by asking ourselves,
- How is my prayer life?
- How often do I pray?
Morning only? Before bedtime? Only at Church?
Prayer Circle? A little of each?
Do I find myself so distracted by the things of this world that I find myself saying: “Oh no, another day slipped by without my praying!”
If you are answering YES to these questions like I once did then brothers and sisters I am encouraging you to begin developing a stronger, healthier prayer life today!
This is our communication with our Father Creator who wants a relationship with us more intimate than any other relationship we’ve ever had or will have here on earth.
He wants to converse with us and desires for us to spend time with Him in prayer. Many read about the Armor of God in the sixth chapter of Ephesians starting in verse ten, telling us all the different types of protective armor.
- The belt of truth,
- The breastplate of righteousness,
- The shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace,
- The shield of faith,
- The helmet of salvation
These are all protective pieces of God’s Armor and then it speaks of the weapon “and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.”
This is where some end reading the list of armor and the weapon God gave us but this is NOT the end. The next three verses go on to say:
Ephesians 6:18-20 (NKJV) 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Notice how “praying always with all prayer” is listed with the armor and weapons of God? Prayer is our armor and our weapon as well. Does a Warrior go to battle without their helmet or sword saying, “I just don’t want to take the time to put it on, I’ll see if I can survive without it?”
No! nor should we go a single day without taking the time to cover ourselves and loved ones in prayers of protection, healing and deliverance. We should always take time to give honor and glory to our Father for all He’s done in our lives.
Revelation 4:11 (NKJV) “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”
Pray When Your Heart Is Heavy:
Jesus, God’s own Son, prayed to Him in the garden of Gethsemane pleading to Him in “sorrow” because His heart was heavy. (Matthew 26:36-38)
Matthew 26:36-38 (NKJV)36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
Pray So You Don’t Fall Into Temptation:
Matthew 26:41 (NKJV) “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Pray for Forgiveness and Deliverance:
Jonah prayed for forgiveness and deliverance in the belly of the great fish.
Jonah 2:1-2 (NKJV) Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. 2 And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice.”
Pray for Your Enemies:
Jesus told us to pray for our enemies that use and abuse us! Pray for my enemies? Huh? Do you see an enemy as someone who is not worthy of God’s mercy, or do you see someone in need of prayer for God’s healing in their life?
Matthew 5:43-45 (NKJV)43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Jesus Taught Us How To Pray:
When Jesus answered the disciples questions about prayer, He taught us to Glorify God (verse. 9), to ask for our growth and understanding (verse 11), about true forgiveness (verse 12) and our protection (verse 13).
Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV) 9 “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
How much should we pray? In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 it tells us to “pray without ceasing”. You might say, “What do you mean, pray without ceasing, I’ve got other things to do!” Let me explain further:
- Pray in your “prayer closet” – in private, one-on-one with God taking time to give special thanks and praise to Him and making our deepest desires known.
- Pray in unity with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ (Prayer Circle settings should not be missed)
- Most importantly – talk with God all day long in short prayers, keeping in constant contact with Him. This is praying/ fellowshipping with our Father “without ceasing”.
Keeping in constant communication with God keeps us mindful of His presence and will for our lives. When adversity and temptation come knocking, our Father will already be on our minds and hearts – reminding us of our commitment to Him and His love for us. Prayer will have already become our habit for every situation seeking God for His guidance.
“Praying always with all prayer” means a continuous communication about all things with God. There are no subjects that are taboo; He wants you to bring everything to Him in Prayer.
A deficiency in our prayer life can often equate to not seeking God’s guidance and help in our lives and that leaves us operating under our own power. If you don’t recall where operating without God got you last…: just ask your cellie!
This is a letter of encouragement this month to increase our prayer lives and what better month to do so than the month of Thanksgiving! Praise Him in prayer for all He has done, from all He is doing and all that He is going to do in your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Sincerely your brother in Bondage, yet free in Christ,
I’m All in and it’s All For HIM!
D. W. Ojemann
Founder of All For HIM Ministries