“…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18 ESV).
The Challenge and the Verse
You know how, when you spend a lot of time with someone, you know how they would think and what they would say at any given moment? There’s a level of intimacy that goes both ways.
That is a large part of this week’s challenge. By developing a constant awareness of His presence (and spending time with Him in His Word!) we take our relationship with Him to another level.
We begin to see what He sees, and feel what He feels. Last week’s challenge, not praying for ourselves, hopefully made us more aware of the needs of others and taught us to spend less time thinking about ourselves.
Today’s verse re-emphasizes our need to be aware of His presence at all times, “keep alert with all perseverance”, and to pray for others at all times (this verse emphasizes praying for other Christians, but we should be alert to the needs of the lost as well, praying for them as the Spirit leads us). This doesn’t mean that we spend all of our time in prayer, but rather that all of the time we are in God’s presence prepared to pray!
Much has been made about prayer, and rightly so, but it is so often presented as some super spiritual thing that super spiritual people do. At its heart, prayer is simply conversation with God.
My wife can (and does!) spend hours on the phone with her best friend who moved away last year. She goes about her daily tasks while talking to her. They have even gone for walks together all while talking on the phone. That is a simile of prayer.
We can converse with God while going about our business. We can include Him in every aspect of our lives. And we can express our concern for others when we recognize their needs via the Father’s heart!
Be mindful and prayerful and have a blessed day!