As I fill myself with Your Word today, I pray that I can humbly be willing to change. I pray that I can come to Your Word giving it the authority it deserves. I pray that as I read these words I evaluate my life and see if I am correctly applying them. I pray that I am truly aware and not blinded by my pride. Help me to see the truth.
18 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 Lord’s people.
In this verse we see specifically the need to be communicating constantly. Any soldier in war realizes the importance of hearing what their leader is saying. When in the midst of a fire fight it is of utmost importance for the soldiers to be hearing their leadership’s guidance both before contact and during. Otherwise they will be scattering, perhaps even causing more danger to those on the team. Ultimately, without communication it is near impossible to be accomplishing the mission’s directive properly. However, many of us try to be on mission with very little communication with our leader…
Paul gives us a few principles for prayer here. First he says that we should be praying “in the Spirit.” We should be attentive to what God’s heart is, know the Word (which is the Spirit), and be evaluating our prayers in light of the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5). Assuring that we are praying in the Spirit, with His power, is to assure we are raising petitions that (John 14:13) will be answered!
Then Paul reminds us that we need to be in prayer “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” This goes back to what I talk about often, ambassadorship. Constantly- continuously over a period of time; always. It’s hard to argue with the interpretation of that. Now we observe literary use and know it’s not literally every second, but the connotation is that as much as logically able we are to be in prayer. This is further concluded by “all kinds of prayers and requests.” Paul petitions us, as a part of spiritual warfare, to be praying incessantly about everything. We are ambassadors who are taken care of and guided by our King. If we are to say what He wants and go where He goes we need to be communicating constantly.
The last major principle of prayer he mentions here (though there are more) is “be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Paul wants us to realize that we are a part of a military force that is unified. Others are walking in the same battlefield being attacked by the same enemy. We are called to raise up those around us as we are alert and observing what is happening. We must support our brothers and sisters. We must be aware of the attacks happening around us so that when our allies are on the ropes and don’t call in for air support we can! We are given the ability to petition for help when others are falling. We are called to pray for fellow soldiers
God I know my tendency is to be selfish, praying for myself daily IF I pray at all. Help me to always remember the importance of prayer, using it as much as possible. I also ask for You to help me to be in tune with the Spirit. I pray that I don’t forsake the ability to pray and help my brothers and sisters.
We quickly forget to pray when things get busy around us. Remind your children, friends, Facebook people you never really talk to, remind them all we should be in prayer and in that we should be praying for each other. Spend a moment in the morning praying for someone OTHER than yourself. Perhaps even pray for another believer that you may not like that much. This will help you get in tune with the Spirit because He wants us unified.