• Bishop Keith Butler

Supplication in the Spirit

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)


We often read Ephesians 6:18 as if it stands alone, but when we consider it in context, we understand that prayer is part of the armor of God. We also see that we should employ all pieces of the armor as we pray. “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:14-17).

Did you notice that Ephesians 6:18 says that we should be praying always with all prayer? Different kinds of prayer function with different biblical rules. Christians who don’t understand differences in prayer rules are often frustrated in their prayer lives. For example, only the prayer of consecration, or giving of your life for God should end with “if it be Thy will.” Why end a prayer with that phrase if we are praying about something God clearly defines as His will in the Bible?


Deesis is the Greek word for supplication. Supplication is more than a general prayer of blessing. It is a definite, humble, earnest, heartfelt request. Paul said we should supplicate for all saints. The only way we can pray precise and effective prayers for all saints is with the Holy Spirit's help. You or I can't know what every saint needs, but the Holy Spirit does, and He helps us to pray God's will. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).


Practical Application – Pray in the Spirit for all saints. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what each one needs.


1 Kings 8:30; 1 Timothy 2:1

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