Prayer - The Power of the Christian
We are coming to the end of this wonderful Book of Ephesians. We will leave it after tonight, but it will not leave us! We have learned so many significant truths and I am sure that it has changed out life for the good as we have studied. There is not a more thorough Book in the Bible that gives us the resources that we need to live a victorious Christian Life!
Tonight, we look at the crowning point of the whole book and that is that we should bathe everything that we do with prayer! For prayer is the spiritual breath of the Christian. Martin Luther was in the habit of praying 4 hours per day, except when he was busy, then he prayed more. Just as you automatically breathe each day, prayer should be automatic as you go along the pathways of life. We studied last week the spiritual armor of the child of God, and this week we will examine the importance of adding to that armor, prayer to God! This is not a piece of the armor, but it covers and shields the armor with the power and protection of God! We started in the heavenlies, and we conclude on our knees, for our power and strength come from God! Are you praying like you need to pray? If not, you will be challenged to pray as we look at the closing verses of the great Epistle of Ephesians.
1- The practicalities of Prayer
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Paul encourages these saints at Ephesus to pray always! There are four "alls" in this verse. That means we are to pray without ceasing. It is possible to have all of these resources and still be what is known as a practical atheist. You may be thinking that you are not an atheist, but when you go hours and days and sometimes longer periods than that without praying to God for His help and guidance you are living as if you do not need ...
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