Can you imagine what it would be like to be put in jail for your faith? There are many Christians around the world who are put in jail because they believe in Jesus. Some of them are even killed. Following Jesus costs a lot in some places in the world. But Christians everywhere face spiritual battles on a daily basis.
In order to stand against sin and Satan in your daily spiritual battles, we must pray. In Ephesians 6:18-20, Paul gives us five ways to pray that will help us stand strong in the spiritual battles we fight. If you are to slay the dragon, you will need constant, Spirit-led, persistent, self-less, and bold prayer in your holster. As you face sin today, fight by wielding prayer in these five ways
1. Pray at all times
We don’t have to be at church to pray. Pray at home, at school, at practice. Pray anywhere and everywhere all the time. Temptations aren’t confined to one particular area, so neither should your prayers.
2. Pray in the Spirit
We are to pray “with all prayer and supplication” in the Spirit. This is a form of worship as our prayers are enabled by the Holy Spirit. We pray in the Spirit because he intercedes for us (Rom. 8:26-27).
3. Pray with toughness
Be tough in your prayers. This is what Paul means when he writes, “keep alert with all perseverance” (v. 18). It is easy to stop praying when God doesn’t answer your prayers the way you want. The kind of prayer that helps you stand against sin and Satan is tough; it doesn’t stop asking.
4. Pray for other Christians
You are not alone in this war. Satan does not just attack you; he attacks all of God’s people. So, it is important for us to come together to fight against him. One way we do this is by praying for each other. Pray for your Christian friends at church to find strength in Christ to fight the enemy.
5. Pray for gospel courage
The last thing we see in this passage is Paul’s request that the Ephesian church pray for him. Even though we shouldn’t pray for Paul, we should pray for what Paul wanted. Paul asked the Ephesians to pray for him to boldly share the gospel. We should pray for this same kind of gospel boldness. Paul didn’t feel hatred toward those who held him as a prisoner. He loved them. He loved them so much he wanted the courage to share the gospel with them. Let’s pray for this love and courage.
Mathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, KY. He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God. Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jude Adoniram.