ROOTED - Thursday, June 30, 2022


“ALL”

 

It’s been said that repetition is the mother of all learning. Four times in this one verse, Paul uses the word “all.” The repetition underscores how critically important prayer is not just for day-to-day life but in times of spiritual attacks.

 

 

Ephesians 6:18 ESV

“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  

 

 

Reflection

Spiritual warfare is intense. It’s warfare, after all. But life itself is challenging enough. Prayer is the key to not only spiritual warfare but day-to-day life. Prayer is the most significant measure of a Christian’s relationship with God and spiritual maturity. A Christian that doesn’t pray is weak in faith at best. Paul emphasizes the importance and effectiveness of prayer. We are to live in an attitude of prayer. A conscious and unconscious knowledge that God is in control of all things. A realization that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent helps us to always be in communication with Him. But Paul also tells us that our own needs shouldn’t be our only concern – but “all the saints” should be a part of our prayers to God. Let us also not forget that prayer is part of the spiritual armor that God provides us. We are to pray not only in times of need – “God help us”, but also in times of preparation and peace – when we aren’t facing a crisis. “Father, help me to not place myself in situations where I will be tempted” is such an example.

 

Prayer

Father, at times we find it so easy to pray – when we recognize our need for you. When we cry out, “God, help me!”, we do so almost without thinking. Other times, in our self-assurance and self-confidence, we ignore you, fooling ourselves into thinking, “I’ve got this.” Thank you for the reminders that we are to be fully surrendered to You – in all things, and acknowledge our complete dependence on You, at all times. Father, draw us to you in prayer. Teach us the sweetness of prayer, and what a gift it is. In Jesus’ name. Amen.