Jesus taught a parable to the intent that we should always Pray and never lose heart (Luke 18:1). Should we take those words literally? If we do, how can we pray always?
On the other end of the spectrum, I have read articles promoting the idea that a few minutes a day in Prayer can be OK. I don’t necessarily disagree with that for new converts. But no Christian can justify staying in that beginner’s mode.
So how can we possibly pray always? We must work a job because if we don’t work we should not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Our employer has not hired us to sit in the office or stand on the assembly line and pray instead of work.
Excuse my sarcasm. I am only trying to underscore the fact that our understanding of Jesus’ teaching that we pray always must be practical.
Jesus’ parable is not the only place in the Bible admonishing us to pray always. For example, Paul the apostle wrote these words to the church at Thessalonica: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Clearly, it is the will of God for us to pray always.
It behooves each of us to examine our commitment to prayer in light of what the Bible says about God’s will for us in the area prayer.
We can pray always because we can pray anywhere and in any physical position and God is everywhere. It is a good thing for us to have a designated place at home where we pray daily. But God can hear and answer prayer in any place.
We can pray while driving on the freeway (be sure to keep your eyes open!). We can pray sitting on the toilet stool. We can pray 30,000 feet in the air on an airplane. We should live in readiness to pray anywhere and anytime we feel impressed upon to pray. That’s how we can meet the requirement to pray always. That’s how we can pray without ceasing.
Why We Should Pray Always
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18, KJV). This verse in Paul the apostle’s letter to the church at Ephesus gives us at least three reasons we should pray at all times:
1. Prayer is a component of the whole armor of God. Some believers fail to include prayer as a part of the armor of God addressed in Ephesians 6. Perhaps that’s because no symbolism of armor (breastplate, sword, shield, etc.) is associated with prayer.
But let’s catch the flow of the chapter. We are to “put on” all the components of the armor of God mentioned in verses 14-17. But we are to do that while praying always (verse 18). So prayer is the overarching component of the whole armor of God. Without prayer we don’t have on the whole armor of God.
2. This verse confirms the need for us to pray always. Note the first two words of the verse: “praying always.” The associated Greek phrase literally says “praying in all seasons.” Verses like these should cause us to examine our commitment to prayer from a biblical perspective.
3. Prayer is a powerful offensive weapon. I often hear people say that the Word of God which is the sword of the Spirit is our only offensive component of the armor of God. Again, I believe it’s because many fail to acknowledge prayer as a part of the whole armor of God.
But prayer is one of the most potent offensive weapons we have. I hereby acknowledge that some Christians do use prayer mostly as a defensive weapon. They tend to only pray when the devil has their back against the wall.
But we should be preemptive through prayer. We should pray against the works of the devil. What do you suppose would happen if the church went on the offensive against the devil more often through prayer?
We are not saved by how much or how little we pray. But prayer is one of the most potent weapons that we have. It was continuous prayer in the upper that ushered in the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the church on the day of Pentecost. Through prayer, we can defeat many of the works of devil before they manifest themselves.
So how committed are you pray always?
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