Praying Constantly

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Ephesians 6:18-20

[We] ought always to pray and not lose heart. (Luke 18:1, ESV)

The Gospels are full of Jesus’ teaching on prayer, and Paul follows his master. While much of our prayer is intercession (asking things for others), there is also penitence, adoration, and thanksgiving, as well as petition (requests for ourselves). Some of this praying needs the focus and attention provided by a set time and place, while some can take place “on the fly” in a busy life.

To “pray in the Spirit” means focusing on him so we can be more open to him. This usually happens best in times of concentrated intercession. Paul wants us to be aware of and open to the Spirit as a person, and to be so “at all times.” Praying at all times means creating moments of awareness of God, and then joining them together to fill all our spaces with conscious enjoyment of our communion with the Holy Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 13:13).

We also need to “keep alert and persevere” with definite requests so that we can recognize the answers and be encouraged. What Paul asks for in verse19 makes a wonderful request for anyone you know who is called to proclaim God’s Word.

Learn in your growing awareness of the Spirit to walk with God at all times, and talk to God in concentrated intercession.

PRAYER

Lord, help me be aware of my relationship with you all the time.