7 day plan

Prayer – our passport to God

Day 6 of 7

Ephesians 6:18

18Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

Reflection:  There is no wrong time to pray. Nothing is off the agenda with God. How extraordinary is that! So, what might a culture of prayer look like? Here is my list, yours might be different.

A culture of prayer:

Heals personal wounds. Prayer opens us up to the Holy Spirit who can heal our wounds.

Builds a healthy inner life (Proverbs 4.23)

Builds your Godly conviction. Can you articulate your convictions? Do they come from God?

Grows your Godly confidence. Godly confidence is confidence in who God is and what God says. We don’t base that on who we are, it’s based on WHO GOD IS and what he’s given us through Jesus.

Taps into Godly creativity. We are children of the Creator. Imagine the potential. Our Creator created, and we are made in his image. Let’s not sell our Creator short. We can do incredible things through him.

Cultivates spiritual sensitivity. Paul urges us to always pray for all God’s people. The more we listen to God’s Spirit, the more our sensitivity meter will be finely tuned.

How do you think a culture of prayer, such as this, might change your life?

You could keep a prayer diary and record the changes!

Prayer: Lord God, show me how to pray and keep showing me. Our Father who art in Heaven… Amen.

Days

Ephesians 6:1-24

Children and Parents

1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. 2Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, 3so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land. 4Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves and Masters

5Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as you would Christ. 6Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. 7Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to people, 8knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord. 9And masters, treat your slaves the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Christian Warfare

10Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. 13For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, 15and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. 16In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit — which is the word of God. 18Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. 19Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. 20For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough to speak about it as I should.

Paul’s Farewell

21Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed. 22I am sending him to you for this very reason, to let you know how we are and to encourage your hearts.

23Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.