Ephesians 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints
Prayer should be continual, not sporadic; a habit, not an isolated act. Prayer should be in the Spirit, that is, inspired and led by the Spirit. Formal prayers that are recited merely by repetition are of little value in tearing down strongholds intended by the hosts of hell. Prayer requires spiritual eagerness, alertness, and concentration to be effective. There must also be perseverance in prayer so that you never ever give up until His answer is clear. Prayer is the energy that enables you to effectively wear the armor and wield the sword. You cannot fight the battle in your own power, no matter how strong or talented you may be. The Lord’s Prayer begins with “Our Father” not “My Father.” You pray as part of a great family that is also talking to God, and you ought to pray for the other members of the family. Even Paul asked for the prayer support of the Ephesians. If Paul needed the prayers of others, how much more do you and I need them! If my prayer helps another believer defeat Satan, then their victory will help me also.
What would it be like if you prayed all the time in the power of the Spirit? What would you see change in your life? How would God move you and use you differently? I believe God has the power and the willingness to transform the reach you have into the circles of influence currently before you. So be challenged this week to pray purposely, asking the Holy Spirit to lead your prayers this week, allowing God to move your heart into the direction He has for you. Whether that direction be in business, in education, in artistic creativity or in everyday life, be sensitive to the moving of the Spirit. Jesus asks all believers to “Go into all the world and make disciples” and there are people He wants to reach and touch through you. Even if you think you cannot help people, believe that He will help people through you if you are willing to let Him do so. Pray for yourself, pray for your family, your friends and even your enemies and watch what God will do in your heart and in theirs. May Gods grace be with you as you turn to Him.