Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
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 Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, 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.
The Armor of God in Ephesians 6 is one of my favorite passages. After we put on our spiritual armor we are ready to go out and fight! (right, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do after you get “dressed”?)
But wait, that’s not what verse 6:18 tells us to do after we have put on our full armor of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests,
Paul is telling us to put on our belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and sword of the spirit and once we do that to hit our knees in prayer.
“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” – Billy Graham
We don’t often think that the best way to “get stuff done” is by praying. But not only are we called to pray as that “thing we get to do” we get to be effective and productive by doing it all the time.
Paul doesn’t tell us to only pray in certain situations, but on ALL occasions.
Another word for occasion is cause or reason, so we are not told to pray about some things, but instead pray about ALL things (that’s even another verse we will look at later)
… and then comes the second part of the instructions:
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people Ephesians 6:19
Not only are we praying for ourselves in all occasions, but we are also to “keep on praying” for ALL of the Lords people.
ALL of the Lords people refers to other believers, we have an responsibility to uphold for other believers by prayer for them.
This isn’t something that is meant to burden you, it is something that is meant to empower you. We are like a chain, and each link represents a person that is praying for another person, a link by itself is not that powerful or effective, but a link joined with other links (as it was created to be) is strong, powerful and effective.
This is going to seem somewhat silly, but I want you to just try it, just for one day. Pray about EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING. Every choice you have to make, every conversation you need to have every place you need to go and every appointment you need to schedule. See firsthand what it’s like to pray about everything, I look forward to reading about your experience in the comments!