Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
Written by: Tiffany Robinson
During the Fight series, we have read about the pieces of the armor of God. In the scripture for today, Paul adds another important component of the spiritual battle: prayer. Prayer looks different in each of our lives. I have been guilty of using it almost as a pleasantry. When someone shares a hardship, it is easy to say, “I’ll pray for you.” My intention is to pray for them. But then life happens, and it leaves my mind. I don’t even think about it again until I see them again. Or maybe you can relate to just jumping into prayer and saying all the “right” things without stilling yourself to hear from God. Sometimes we tell God what we want instead of listening to Him tell us what we need.
Recently, I had the opportunity to serve in a role that changed how I think about prayer. I love in Ephesians 6:18 how it doesn’t just tell us to pray. It tells us to pray in the Spirit. Too many times in life I pray what I think God wants to hear or what others need to hear. I get so caught up in saying the right thing, or even my own opinion, that I miss out on the power of God. Prayer is different when we invite the Holy Spirit. When we call on God and still ourselves long enough to hear what He is saying, He shows up in ways we could never imagine.
God has transformed how I look at prayer. It was as simple as inviting Him to be the center of the prayer. I’m learning how to be open to what God wants to say through and to me. After all, people in my life need to hear more from God and probably less from me.
Thought of the day: In your prayer time this week, ask the Holy Spirit to come. Then sit and wait for God to speak to you. What is He saying?
Prayer: Holy Spirit come… speak to me in my prayer time. Help me to be more focused on what You are saying to me than my own words. God, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit. Amen.