[Linux4christians] Ephesians 6:18 (Thursday)
pastordavid at bibleseven.com
Wed Oct 7 22:11:34 EDT 2009
*Ephesians 6:18 (Thursday)*
Paul instructs his readers to pray "... in the
Spirit", to "... be alert", and to do so "...
with all perseverance
and requests for all the saints."
His purpose to remind believers that their prayers are
facilitated by the indwelling Holy Spirit, are
motivated by Him, and are blessed. Our prayers are to
be righteous, we are to be alert to deception and aware
of needs, and as he noted elsewhere to "... pray
without ceasing" (1Thess. 5:17) for other the requests
of other saints.
[Note: Nothing in the text requires the reader to interpret
"in the Spirit" to endorse "speaking in tongues" or any of
the other so-called "Charismatic gifts", nor does the text
preclude such an understanding.]
These instructions are tied to the preceding text as prayer
is part of the "full armor", it is necessary to wisely use
it, and is what keeps us grounded in Christ. They are also
designed to keep us constantly close to God in prayer.
*Consider* that if we exercise the discipline to remember
to "put on the full armor" every morning we also
acknowledge the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
*Discuss* how when we pray the first thing in the morning
we get our conversation, "pray without ceasing" started with
*Reflect* upon the truth that when we activate the armor we
become alert as a good spiritual soldier should be.
*Share* an example when you persevered in prayer,
especially for others, and in so doing you were kept humble
and focused on what was most important to God.
*Truth in Action*
Today I am choosing to remember to put on the full armor of
God, to pray without ceasing all day, to be alert to the
deception and trickery of the Enemy, and to pray for
others so that I remain in a mindset of humble service. I
will keep a simple journal of my day and share it with a
friend - noting the positive difference that this spiritual
discipline made in my day.
*Be Specific* _________________________________________
Friday's text will be: Ephesians 6:19-20
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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