Words from the Heart for Monday August 3rd, 2020
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)
Pray in the Spirit
Back in 2016, pollster Angus Reid announced that that while weekly church attendance had dropped from 56 per cent in 1966 to 15 per cent, 85 per cent of Canadians still pray, at least occasionally. Reid found that weekly prayer by 40 per cent of Canadians (12 million people) has remained relatively constant over the past century. Reid said 70 per cent of Canadians who pray frequently say that their prayers are answered always or often, in contrast to just 25 per cent of Canadians who pray infrequently.
Some of the greatest military victories in history have come about when the attacking force has caught the enemy sleeping. This was the case at Pearl Harbor, when the Japanese air forces attacked at dawn on a Sunday morning: the base was quiet with most of the US military personnel still asleep. In Ephesians 6 Paul compares the Christian life to the life of a Roman soldier. In verse 18 of that chapter we read: “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” A Roman soldier was always at the ready. He kept in touch with his superiors so was always aware of his orders, and was always ready for battle. Paul says that we who are followers of Jesus must be the same. We keep in touch with our commanding officer by praying at all times. The Holy Spirit leads us in our prayers and carries our requests to the throne of grace in Glory. How are you doing at keeping in touch with the Lord through prayer? By doing so, you will know His will for your life today.
These have been words from the heart.