If you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word—prayer. — Charles Spurgeon
You hear that word a lot. It’s all over the Bible. You hear it in passing conversations. It’s preached about in sermons galore. But what comes to mind when you hear the word “prayer” though? How does it make you feel?
At the end of Ephesians, when Paul finishes talking about spiritual armor and spiritual warfare, he concludes with this exhortation to prayer:
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. 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, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:18-20)
This passage is so abundant, it’s worth dissecting thought by thought to consider some misguided ideas we’ve inherited on prayer—what it is, what it sounds like, and how often
we’re supposed to do it (but probably don’t).
It’s time to rethink prayer as it relates to the radical truth about who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you! Looking at things from that perspective can just as radically alter your practice of prayer and transform your life in powerful ways.
Jesus, I’m curious! I take prayer for granted and do it according to what I’ve learned through traditions and the example of others. Renew my mind about prayer according to the truth of who I am in You, and who You are in me. Empower me to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions.” Amen.
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