In verse 18, Paul continues on when he says, “Praying at all times in the Spirit with all prayer and supplication.” Prayer and supplication are very similar. When Paul tells us that he prays in the Spirit, he prays with confidence of the protection and the hope that he has based upon what the word has said. He can pray with confidence knowing that God will keep this promise and will provide grace and help in time of need. When we see the phrase pray in the Spirit, many believe this refers to simply speaking in tongues.
But even if you believe that the tongues are still spiritual gift being used now, we know from Scripture that not everyone has all of the gifts. To some he gives certain gifts into others, others. Praying in the Spirit simply means praying in accordance to what the Word says because we know that is God’s Holy Word. Since we know that the Spirit inspired these 40 men to write the word then praying in the spirit means we are praying in accordance with God’s will. Even if we are not praying and requesting his will, our heart of hearts what’s God’s will to be done, even if it’s not ours. So we pray in the Spirit wanting not our will but his will to be done.
Paul does something that I so appreciate he asks for us to pray and keep alert all personal errands making supplication for all the saints. Our new pastor of discipleship and administration, Adam Embry, came in and developed a prayer guide for the members of our church. We will be having these out tonight but we will also make them available for those of you who can not make it to Sunday evening services. In this prayer guide, we will be praying for five of the families each day that are members here at our church. After 31 days, we will have pray for all the families. Is this not a wonderful thing to do to pray for those in our church who may have it together and who may not have it together, who may seem to have it together on a Sunday, but Monday through Saturday is a struggle? We know that if Monday through Saturday is a struggle, and that can certainly affect the corporate worship time on Sunday. We will be praying for the Saints and we hope the same to be praying for us look at what it said verse 19.
And also pray for me, that words may be given to me an opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am in chains as an ambassador, but I made the clear it boldly as I ought to speak.
Pastors, teachers, evangelists, and all those who are in the ministry need your prayers. We know from statistics that 1500 pastors and ministers leave the ministry every single month. It could be for moral failure, fatigue, dealing with ungodly church folks, and a myriad of other reasons. Many ministers say that being in the ministry has a negative affect on their family life. Many who stay in the ministry our hair’s breadth away from leaving the ministry. They recognize God has called to lead them spiritually, what the world has gotten into such a way in their hearts that they do not wish to be led spiritually, but the simply have their lives affirmed and condoned.
This is why the Apostle Paul asks that he would be able to preach boldly and to preach clearly the mystery of the gospel. and personally that the request that I have all of you, that I would be willing and able to clearly and boldly declare the Word of God.
Back in Kentucky, I had a member at my church and her name is Linda Moon. Linda is a very important part of our lives for the eight years that I was in Kentucky. She had a heart to serve she has a heart to love she has a heart for people to know Jesus. Even with all the physical issues that she is dealing with, that does not stop for. Even when we were in Trinidad with her back and foot issues, she always said that Jesus was carrying. She had a habit every Sunday morning and not just while I was in Kentucky, but she also leaves a message on Cindy’s phone what we’ve been here in Colorado. And every time she says I put your armor on. Why? Because she wanted her pastor and she wanted her church protected from the fiery darts of the devil. She wanted more than anything for us to be strong in the Lord weather in Kentucky, or in Colorado.
And we have to ask ourselves where we wish to find our strength do we find our strength in buildings, budgets, or bodies. This body must find strength in Christ who supplies the armor to protect his body. Are we exposed are we ready? We’ve heard the story the emperor has no clothes. that’s terrible for an emperor. It’s even worse for a church, for the body of Christ.