Do you pray? If so, for what do you pray? The Bible gives us guidance in how we should pray. We know that we should pray for God’s wisdom. James 1:5 says clearly: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Jesus taught in the Lord’s Prayer from the Sermon on the Mount that we should pray for God’s name to be honored, His will to be done, and His kingdom work to advance in our lives and in the world around us (Matthew 6:9-13). In this same model prayer He also told us to ask and thank God for supplying our everyday needs, especially food (“give us our daily bread”), and to ask His forgiveness when we sin. We also see numerous examples in the Bible of praying for healing for ourselves and others. If you want more teachings on prayer, consider using a search feature in the YouVersion Bible app to find passages and devotions on the topic. It is certain that as God’s people, most of us need to pray a lot more faithfully and biblically than we do right now if we want to see God work more in our lives.
In today’s short passage, as Paul nears the end of his letter to the Ephesians, he gives us a strong example of a very biblical type of prayer – a plea for boldness in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle, one of the greatest missionaries and church planters in history, is asking his fellow Christians to pray for God to give him the words and the power to share his faith. That should tell us something. If a spiritual giant like Paul, who wrote half the books of the New Testament and led thousands of people to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, still prayed for help with his witness, than we should definitely be on our knees about evangelism! Today’s verses remind us that sharing our faith is a vital part of our Christian life. If we are in tune with God, then we should have both a desire to witness to others about Jesus and a burden to see God use our witness to save people. If your prayer life is dry or dead, start praying for people you know to be saved. And pray for God to give you boldness in telling them about Him. You will find your prayer life getting fired up when you start praying for the spread of the gospel and the salvation of lost people you care about.
The Text (Ephesians 6:18-20)
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Questions to Think About
- Have you ever studied the Bible’s teachings about prayer? Have you ever thought about some of the famous prayers recorded in Scripture and what they can teach you about how to pray? As I mentioned above, using the YouVersion Bible app or a good study Bible to help you learn more about biblical prayer would be a good way to focus and strengthen your prayers.
- How has your prayer life been this school year? How about since the Christmas break? Or during this Easter break? Do you need a spiritual “reset” to get back on track with what God wants to be doing in your life right now? Get alone with your Bible and God and seek Him in prayer now before you back into the grind of school. If you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him and be glad that you did!
- Do you share your faith? Have you ever had experiences where God gave you strength and the right words to say as you talked about Jesus with a lost friend or family member? What happened?