“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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” (Ephesians 6:17-20).

Our battle is against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. We need to put on the whole armor of God, both defensive and offensive, with prayer and supplication, praying at all times in the Spirit. This is done in total dependence upon God. A life of prayer is the secret of a life of victory. Praying in the Spirit is the mark of a normal Christian life. Just as my lungs continually take in air and my heart continues to beat to sustain my physical life, the Holy Spirit breathes in me the prayers through which the powers of the divine life are maintained.

Unceasing prayer is possible, even commanded, because the eternal Spirit maintains it as the spiritual breathing of the soul. Praying at all times is never to be selfish in nature, remembering only our own needs. Paul speaks of the unity of the saints forming one great army of the Lord, living by one Spirit and striving together for the establishment of His kingdom in the world. Continual prayer is not only the responsibility of each member, but the essential factor upon which the whole body depends. Have you prayed today? The body of Christ is depending on you!

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray