Monday, December 28, 2015

Pray ... At All Times (Ephesians 6:18-20)

Today's scriptures: Ephesians 6:18-20

We know we need to put on the armor of God to be ready to meet the enemy head-on. But the armor needs just one more thing … one very important thing: Prayer.

We need to cover ourselves, those we love, and the entire church of Christ in prayer. More than once, Paul wrote of praying “at all times” or “without ceasing” (Thessalonians 5:17). We should be praying for provision, protection, and peace. We should be praying for firm and grounded faith. We should be praying for boldness to share the truth of the gospel of Christ.

And we should pray for the softening of hearts of those who have yet to come to faith.

We should also pray for those who have been called into ministry: pastors, missionaries, mission leaders, ministry leaders. Not everyone has the gift of preaching or teaching or evangelizing. And those of us who’ve been gifted in other ways need to offer prayerful support.

Just as Paul asked for the prayers of the Christians at Ephesus, so should we pray for those who are boldly and regularly proclaiming God’s truth.

Make it a habit—one of the better habits—to pray for others. At all times. Without ceasing.

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