The Believer’s Armor and the Spiritual Battle
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I my speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
We see from this verse and our previous study that God wants us to be “praying always.” Praying is simply the asking of God for something we desire. Verse 18 adds more information to this exhortation. We are to be, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
What is “all prayer and supplication?” “Supplication” is similar in meaning to “prayer.”
It is something “wanted, requested, or needed.” “Watching” literally means “without
sleep,” or “attentive and ready.” “Perseverance” is a good one-
Verse 18 is telling us, “Through (or by means of) all (or all forms of) praying (asking) and requests, [to be] praying (asking) in every point of time (continually)” in spirit (no article, could mean the Holy Spirit or the human spirit) in or by means of perseverance for requests or needs of all the believers. This sounds a lot like we ought to be praying for things that we need and for the needs of others. This is commonly called intercessory prayer.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority...” (I Tim. 2:1,2). We are told that Jesus intercedes for us (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; Isa 53:12) and also that His Holy Spirit intercedes for us (Rom. 8:26,27). These are Divine examples of what we should be doing for others. New Testament believers are called priests (I Pet. 2:9). One of the major functions of the Jewish priests to intercede for the people. Can we do any less for others?
In verse 18, Paul tells us that we should be praying for all the saints. In verse 19, he makes a more specific request. He now seeks prayer for himself, and in a particular area.
He implores the church to pray for him that he may be able to boldly open his mouth and clearly proclaim the Gospel as he ought (lit. as is necessary). The word “boldly” in both verse 18 and 19 is full of meaning. It is the same word as “plainness” in II Cor. 3:12. “Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech.” Definitions of the word include, “boldness, fearless confidence, openness,” but also entail “plainness, clarity, unambiguousness.”
The Apostle, Paul put a high priority on presenting the Gospel as God would have
him to do (I Thess. 2:4; Gal. 1:10). This included the clarity and purity of the
Gospel. In Gal. 1:6-
In II Cor. 12:3, he gives us a warning concerning this issue, “But I fear, lest by
any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should
be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” He follows this with more warning
about the false gospel and a defense for his proclamation, then in verses 13-
Paul was an “ambassador in bonds” at the time of the penning of this epistle. Why
was he in jail? Because he had been doing the very thing for which he is asking for
prayer; boldly proclaiming the Gospel. He tells us in Philippians 1:12-
Brief Overview of Ephesians 6:10-
V.10 The source of our strength.
V.11 The command to appropriate the resources and the purpose for their application.
V.12 The description of the enemy with whom we battle.
V.13 Reiteration of the command to appropriate the resources, and the purpose of them in light of the magnitude of the enemy.
V.18 Prayer, the way to apply the resources.
1st Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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