January 24, 2024

Ephesians 6:18–20
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Spiritual warfare. In ourselves we do not have the ability to fight against the enemy. Christians have the supernatural provision within themselves to fight. It is prayer. Not just a little prayer before going to bed. It is a constant spirit of prayer. Paul says we must always be praying in the Spirit, appealing to God in the Spirit.
There is spiritual conflict we face daily. Prayer is not just a one-way conversation. Prayer is also listening to God speak to us through His Spirit. We are to pray with confidence, assurance, and courage. In today’s world we need all three of these. We must pray all the time to maintain a constant unbroken consciousness of God’s presence in our lives. We witness the world through human eyes. Satan is attacking in the spiritual realm.
Jesus says in John 16:23–24 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” The promise of Christ Himself is the guarantee that our request to the Father will be heard and answered. We must be careful. We pray in the name of Jesus. We pray according to His will and purpose in our lives.
We live in perilous times. We must be in constant prayer. We must be seeking God’s will and purpose for our lives. We as followers of Christ can come boldly before the throne of God. God, our Heavenly Father, not only hears our prayers, He answers our prayers. A reminder in our prayers, we are to pray in the name of Jesus. It is in Jesus’ name we have a gateway to our Heavenly Father. We pray knowing God has a purpose in our lives.
Jesus is the Mediator between us and God. He is the only intercessor we have before God. It is only in the name of Jesus we have access to God the Father. We are at war! We cannot fight this war and win. We must have God working in us. We must be in constant contact with Him It is only through Jesus we have this access. Do you have Christ in your life? Is He the Mediator between you and God?