Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thus with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that in this I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6: 18- 20
We began our journey of encouragement in Ephesians many months ago. We started by gazing up “in the heavenly realms” to carefully ponder the blessings we have in Christ.
Several times during the passage we stopped to learn how to pray from Paul’s recorded examples of great benedictions and worship. Now as we end this adventure, we encounter an exhortation from Paul to pray. It is a very special admonition, notable for it’s extensive use of the comprehensive word “all”.
All kinds of prayers.
In all seasons.
With all perseverance.
For all the saints.
This sweeping conglomeration of “all” is meant to be all-embracing, all-encompassing, and all-inclusive. It is a deluge of utter entirety to make indelible exclamation points in our brain so that “prayer” and “all” are forever linked.
What kind of prayers should we pray? All kinds. Adorations. Praises. Confessions. Thanksgivings. Supplications.
When do we pray? Always at all times…at every opportunity, in every moment, and through every season of our life. Never, ever, ever, ever, hanging up the phone.
How do I pray? Always prevailing. Never giving up. Walking prayer, kneeling prayer, shouting prayer, singing prayer, crying prayer, silent prayer, fervent prayer, group prayer, individual prayer.
Who do I pray for? All of the Lord’s people. No favorites. No one left out. No one skipped.
And then, almost as an afterthought, this mighty man of God makes so humble and sweet an entreaty that it moves me to tears. “Please pray for me also.”
This man who has been arrested, and chained, and persecuted, and beaten, and stoned, and shipwrecked, yet always faithful in proclaiming the gospel…this man…his prayer request is fearlessness. And then I cry more, for I am often fearful of praying for fearlessness.
Satan trembles when he sees,
The weakest saint upon her knees.
All the saints.
It seems fitting to end this series with prayers for you. I completely trust that the Lord knows who you are dear reader and that in His knowing of you, He knows your deepest dreams, desires, and needs.
Shalom to you. Love with faith be yours. God’s abundant grace and blessing upon all who sincerely love our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.