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.
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 lost 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 those without Christ.
The Text (Ephesians 6:18-20)
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Questions to Think About
- Have you ever studied the Bible’s teachings about prayer? What have you learned?
- How has your prayer life been this school year?
- 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?