Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ephesians 6:18

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Pray without ceasing! No matter how strong the armor, our defenses our down without the power of prayer. No matter how fierce or calm the invisible battle seems, we are to be in constant communication with the Commander. Prayer gives us strength to continue and direction in how we are to fight. Without prayer and the direction of the Lord we will simply swing our swords around until we faint from fatigue.

John MacArthur defines prayer as “the soul of man moving in the presence of God.” We pray not merely for physical deliverance, but that the saints would persevere, the lost would be found, and those in spiritual bondage would be redeemed. Prayer is a spiritual discipline, and the more attuned we are to God the more natural prayer becomes. Every situation we encounter should cause us to either glorify and praise God, intercede for those in spiritual and physical need, or fervently confess sins revealed in our own lives. And when we do not have words we feel the Spirit groaning within us in communion with the Father. Prayer changes our hearts and helps us focus on the will of the Father and the kingdom of heaven. As the song says, “The things of this earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.”

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