Ephesians 6:18b-20

Our reading for today was the same one I used back at the beginning of January to kick off prayer week.  Here is the conclusion of that sermon, as we think about the call to prayer in the Christian life.

“As I write this the wind is starting to blow strong.  The snow on the trees, and on the roof, and on the ground is starting to blow around, filling the air with whirling bits of white.  It is a picture of what life is like for the believer, spiritual warfare whirling around us and against us, unseen, but real.  And along with that we have the work of ministry, now here, now there, creating a vortex out of which flies the mystery of the gospel!

And in the midst of all of this stuff flying around us, here we are, believers praying in the Spirit, alert to all the invisible stuff, becoming bolder and bolder to let the Gospel go forth in each every situation of life, good or bad!

This is why we pray.  This is why we must increase in prayer.  For in the end we realize that we are completely dependent on God for everything!”

Here is the way “The Message” puts our reading today.

In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.  And don’t forget to pray for me. Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out.

[1] Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Eph 6:18–20). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

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