Ephesians 6:18 – 20 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”
A few mornings ago, I made toast. Well, I tried to make toast, but nothing happened. The toaster wouldn’t heat. The bread just sat there in the toaster, doing nothing. After shaking the toaster, and striking the side of it, I finally discovered the problem: the toaster wasn’t plugged in!
(Yes, I am blonde.)
Friends, prayer is our power source. We can have all the elements in place, just like that toaster. But if we aren’t plugged in to the Source of power, we won’t accomplish much. Prayer provides the pathway for the voltage of the Almighty to pour into our lives.
Paul told us to pray on all occasions. Though extended, private prayer is fantastic, we don’t have to wait until we are alone to pray! We can have conversations with God any time, any place, for He never leaves us. And we can talk to Him in our minds, without even moving our lips! He hears our thoughts. There is no circumstance we will encounter, which won’t be helped along by prayer. So pray on all occasions, and see what a difference it makes in your life!
Paul also told us to continue praying for all the saints. He was referring to the many Christians in the early church, who were experiencing persecution and hardship. Even today, Christians throughout the world are experiencing persecution and hardship. Satan is attacking Christians everywhere, in every way imaginable. We need to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters, that God’s power will keep them strong.
He also humbled himself, and asked for prayer. Many of us are willing to pray for anybody, any time, any place, but we are too prideful to ask for prayer for ourselves. We don’t want to admit our weaknesses, or we don’t want to broadcast our private issues. So we keep quiet. But when we fail to ask for prayer, we miss out on a valuable source of power! James 5:16 tells us, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” If that is true, why wouldn’t we want to draw on the prayers of all other Christians?
Friends, I stand as a witness: prayer works! Prayer really does change things. It is our power source, our lifeline to the Father. Please do not neglect this important tool in the battle we are fighting together. I will pray for you. Will you pray for me?
Dear Father, Thank You for allowing me to talk to You any time, any place. Please be with all of my fellow Christians, and keep them strong for the spiritual battle we are fighting. Please stay close to us, and remind us to pray.