‘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.’ (Ephesians 6:18)
Pray is a powerful weapon. Paul tells us two things about pray in this passage, it must be constant, pray in all situations. It must be unselfish, pray for others, pray for our Church.
Paul is in under arrest, chained to a Roman soldier day and night, no longer spreading the Gospel message from city to city across the known world. Paul was under spiritual attack, doubt would have filled his mind and so he asks that they pray also for him:
‘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 6:19-20)
Paul’s request for prayer is not that he will be released from the chains, but that he will share the Gospel fearlessly in his chains, to the Roman soldiers and to those in power. Paul doesn’t want the chains he is in to stop him from sharing the good news about Jesus.
What do we pray for? Release from the chains that hold us? Or that we might fearlessly make know the mystery of the gospel in whatever circumstances we might find ourselves.