Do You See Prayer as Integral in Your Christian Walk?
Prayer is Vital and Essential in Cultivating Your Communion with God
by J.M. Troppello
Prayer is an integral part of every Christians’ life or at least it should be. If you call yourself a believer and are not spending time in prayer, you are unprepared and doing yourself a disservice. This is not throwing judgment out at anyone. I have faltered many times in this area of my Christian journey as well.
“Prayer will consume sin—or sin will choke prayer.” – J.C. Ryle
I love this statement from J.C. Ryle. It’s so true. One important way to stifle temptation in your life is to hold prayer in high esteem each day. Prayer enables you to stay in constant communion with God. When you pray consistently, you allow your spirit to remain open to the direction of the Holy Spirit.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the [a]wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 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. (Ephesians 6:10-20, NKJV)
This passage from Ephesians 6:10-20 is well-known. Paul relates specific areas of cultivating your spiritual walk (the armor of God) with the armor of a soldier. Pay attention to verse 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Paul is encouraging believers to pray at all times and in the Spirit.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. (I Thess 5:16-19, NKJV)
This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture because it is short and to the point, yet so powerful if you follow the guidance. You should rejoice always. It’s vital to pray without ceasing. You are urged to give thanks in everything. All these things are the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Those three things (rejoicing, praying, and thanking) can literally transform your Christian walk from one of simply surviving to thriving in the Lord. Do you hold rejoicing, praying, and thanking in high esteem in your life?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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