IT’S TIME TO PRAY
I feel impressed to pass along a word of encouragement to you. It is the encouragement offered by the apostle Paul who writes: “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).
We so easily forget that we are in the midst of a spiritual battle every day of our lives. Paul dedicates most of the sixth chapter of Ephesians to assuring us that this battle is very real, and that we must not lose our focus on it. And yet we do.
We get caught up in temptations or meaningless distractions and never suspect that our spiritual enemy is the source of these problems. We go through discouragements, yet neglect to turn to God to find his support and protection. When we are in this spiritual haze we become quite convinced that it doesn’t matter that we lack urgency in prayer.
I know this is true, because I have been there many times. The Holy Spirit moves in us again and again to wake us from our spiritual slumber.
“Be alert,” says Paul. “Always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Pray for yourself, your family, and your fellow believers. This is a crucial time in your life whether you realize it or not. It is a crucial time in our church’s life.
“Always keep on praying,” because your prayers make a big difference. God uses our prayers to shape the future. –Pastor Tom
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