Chapter CONTEXT MHCC: In this chapter, I. The apostle proceeds in the exhortation to relative duties which he began in the former, particularly he insists on the duties of children and parents, and of servants and masters (v. 1-9). II. He exhorts and directs Christians how to behave themselves in the spiritual warfare with the enemies of their souls; and to the exercise of several Christian graces, which he proposes to them as so many pieces of spiritual armour, to preserve and defend them in the conflict (v. 10-18). III. We have here the conclusion of the epistle, in which he takes his leave of them, recommending himself to the prayers of the believing Ephesians, and praying for them (v. 19-24).
The bold section above contains what is commonly known where Paul addresses “Putting on the Whole [Spiritual] Armor of God”. The final element of the Armor is prayer, v.18 (KJV) states: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Let us break it down some more:
- Praying always with all prayer and supplication – with specified requests as much as possible. Praying for our nation is ok, praying from the division between political parties in America is better.
- always in the Spirit – our prayers should never be solely of our own volition but we should always seek the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit who Christ sent to help us in prayer.
- watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; – we must be alert for and persevere through the troubled times and Satan’s distractions, looking for all the BIG and SMALL things GOD does in answering prayers for all His chosen people.
DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR AUG 12, 2022
Thank God for Gracious Answers to your Prayers
I have reason to love you, O LORD, because you have heard the voice of my pleas for mercy, Psalm 130:2(ESV) and because you have inclined your ear to me; I will therefore call upon you as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2(ESV)
Out of the depths I have called to you, O LORD, Psalm 130:1(ESV) and you have heard my vows and given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Psalm 61:5(ESV)
Indeed, before I have called, you have answered; and while I have been yet speaking, you have heard, Isaiah 65:24(ESV) and have said, “Here I am,” Isaiah 58:9(ESV) and have been near to me whenever I call upon you. Deuteronomy 4:7(ESV)
Lord, you have heard the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart, and incline your ear to hear. Psalm 10:17(ESV)
Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me; Psalm 66:20(ESV) for I have prayed and gone away, and my face has been no longer sad. 1 Samuel 1:18(ESV)