After describing the whole armor of God in Ephesians chapter six, the apostle Paul wrote: "praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" (vs. 18). It would be wise to understand that truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Word of God become powerful to the child of God when prayer is used.

Prayer goes with everything the Christian does. We need God working with us in our battle against the forces of the wicked one. We also need our Lord hearing our prayers and helping us with everything we face in this life. Praying always means praying all the time for everything we deal with on a daily basis.

Prayer is a way of life. We pray when we wake up. We pray as we go forth in our daily activities. We pray as we face each daily task. We pray for everyone we meet, work with, or go to school with. We pray before every meal. We pray at the end of the day (1 Thes. 5:16-18).

Paul says that we should "pray in the Spirit." This could mean that we allow the Spirit of God through His Word to guide us in our praying. This also could mean that we totally give ourselves in heart, mind and soul as we are talking to God. Praying to Him in a spiritually directed way conveys the idea of being filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:17-21, esp vs. 18; also 1 Cor. 14:15)!

Our prayers are to exhibit watchfulness (Col. 4:2). We are looking to see where and for what we should be praying and bringing our supplications before God. Paul particularly centers on prayers for all the saints and for himself. God wants us to pray for others all the time. He does not want us to be selfish in our requests to Him. He desires His children to be looking out for others.

Also, our prayers should be persevering (Lk. 18:1-8). We do not give up easily as we bring our requests before our heavenly Father. We have a Father Who hears us and wants to give us what we have asked for. God in His providence works all things to our good. So, prayer goes with everything we bring before our loving God.

Prayers go with everything -- for our brethren, for preachers of the Word, for the church, for our spiritual characteristics, and for all things God has said we can pray for. it is such a blessing to be able to go to our heavenly Father and know He hears us and wants to bless us. Talk to God all the time and demonstrate spiritual guidance, watchfulness, and perseverance in your prayer life!

By Ron Drumm.

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