Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) – Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
1 Peter 4:7 (NIV) – Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.
“Paul considered prayer to be above all an activity empowered by the Spirit. It also indicates the crucial role the Spirit plays in our continuing ‘warfare’ against Satan. For Paul, the concern was not only that they be clothed with the armor that Christ provides in the gospel, but that they take the enemy on by Spirit-empowered proclamation and by Spirit-inspired praying. The context is one of conflict…only praying in the Spirit will suffice in such conflict.” [Gordon Fee]
We so often look at the Christian life only with a defensive outlook—that we have to guard ourselves against the enemy’s attacks. However, as this passage suggests, our lives of prayer in the Spirit is also about being empowered to ask the Lord to set the people free from sin, from bondage, from any and all things that keep them from knowing the Lord. This is what is happening when we evangelize, and when we decide to pray and engage our small groups.
Father, we ask for your empowering to pray for those in our small groups, that they will experience your presence, your healing, and your freedom. We also pray for the harvest that we are to gather. Ready us to go out, and also ready the people to receive your word. May your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.