Praying for Others
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)
Satan wants to kill you. That's a sobering beginning to today's devotional, but it's very real. His purpose is to steal, kill, and to destroy. I know Satan has tried to kill me my whole life. He tried to kill me as a newborn, again when I was two years old, and yet again when I was a teenager, that's not to mention the numerous times he has tried to take me out as an adult and in full-time ministry. Do you know why I am still here? Someone's prayers saved my life.
Ephesians 6:18 tells us to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Paul first wrote that we are to pray with all types of prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Supplication means definite requests, and in the Spirit is praying in our spiritual language. By praying in the Spirit, our spirits can pray specific and explicit requests for others.
Paul wrote further that we are to watch with all perseverance. How can we know what to pray about and how to pray for our family in Christ? We need to spend time together and connect with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Those who show up to church late and leave before service is over can't have a meaningful prayer life for others. You must dedicate time to being with other believers so you can know how to pray for them.
Practical Application – Your prayers make a difference in others’ lives. Ask God if there is someone you should pray for. When He reveals that person, ask them if they have any specific needs about which you can pray. If so, be diligent about praying for them in understanding and the Spirit.
Romans 12:12; Romans 15:30