Put on the whole armor of God . . . and pray at all times (from Ephesians 3:11-18).
“Prayer is not merely another godly weapon. It is the all-pervasive strategy in which warfare is fought.”*
*adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary EPHESIANS, p. 376-377.
She knocked as she waited. I opened the door and saw her kneeling.
She said, “I am praying.”
I said, “I’ll pray with you.”
We kneeled together and she prayed, “God, thank you for Grandma and Grandpa.”
Pray, with thanks, as you wait.
Dependent prayer is possible because we are united to Christ, received in his righteousness, sanctified by his life and attuned to his concerns by the presence of the Holy Spirit.*
*Richard F. Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life, p. 145-146.
I spent last week with two of my granddaughters. Every time Kezi* put on her coat to go outside, she said, “This is the coat you gave me, Grandma.”
I gave her that coat last year.
When you pray, remember God’s gifts. God richly provides us with everything (1 Timothy 6:17).
*Kezi is 2 years old.
We were walking together when my husband started talking. His tone and manner were so comfortable and familiar I thought he was talking with me. But as I listened to his words, I realized he was talking to the Lord.
Walk, and talk, with God. The Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
We can approach God knowing He accepts our prayers.
In Christ Jesus our Lord . . .we have access with confidence because of our faith (Ephesians 3:11-12).
Shamed by our sin, we often run from God. But the gospel says . . .
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:21).
Shamed by our sin, we should run to God in prayer.