18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. 21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you. 23 Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.
Besides the final greeting, Paul asked Ephesians church to pray in the Holy Spirit continuously. Because he knew it is very important to Christian in addition to truth, righteousness, gospel, faith and word of God.
Also, Paul asked the church to pray for him. So, whenever he opened the mouth, God’s word came out and he will fearlessly make people to know the mystery of the gospel. This did not mean that Paul didn’t pray for himself (oppositely, he prayed a lot), but to let the pray made each part of Christ’s body joined together strongly. And to against the powers of the dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms, the more pray we did, the more power we get.
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Is my prayer continuously or pray-and-forget?
- Did I declare Jesus’ name fearlessly?
- Did I continuously pray for all saints, church leaders and shepherds?
Dear Lord, thank you for let me know I am weak and you are strong. I am the branch and you are the vine. Without you I am not able to do anything. Help me to keep close to you by continuing prayer. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu