“Prayer is one of our greatest weapons in this spiritual war. It is our connection to the greatest ally that we have in this battle. It is, in a partial way, the way of receiving guidance from our commanding officer. It is also the way that we combat the tactics of the devil.” – Using Our Greatest Weapon
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Over the course of the past two months, we have looked quite extensively at Ephesians 6:11-18. In this post, I’m going to be digging into verses 18-20 because I feel that these verses sum up what we’ve been discussing. So let’s take a look at what these verses have to say.
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.”
Take a look at verse 18. A couple of our authors looked into persistent prayer this past month. Let’s take a really brief look at what they have to say about this topic.
“When we pray, it is all good and well to try and convince God, but that will get us nowhere if our prayer isn’t persistent. Persistent meaning ‘continuing firmly’.” – Persistent Prayer, Part I
“Prayer is powerful. Persistent prayer is powerful. When you are suffering, praying to God constantly during that situation will get you through it. Not necessarily by making the problem go away, but by giving you the strength to get through it.” – Persistent Prayer, Part II
In summary, verse 18 tells us to pray persistently and to bring EVERYTHING before God. I really like what Elri has to say in the second part of the quote above, which is “When you are suffering, praying to God constantly during that situation will get you through it. Not necessarily by making the problem go away, but by giving you the strength to get through it.” (See note at bottom)
Right then. Let’s move on to verses 19 and 20. This is where I want us to focus the majority of our attention.
In verse 19 and 20, we read, “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, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” (author’s emphasis added).
A little over a month ago, I had the amazing blessing of going on a mission’s trip down to Cape Town with somewhere around 40-50 other teenagers and young adults. One of the main ministry opportunities that we had on this trip was open-air evangelism. Our team was split into groups of three, and we were sent out for hours at a time to share the gospel with pretty much whoever was willing to listen to us. Now you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this. Like, what does all this have to do with prayer? Just hang with me. I’m getting there. One of the really cool things about working in groups of three was that it allowed us to pray a lot more than we would have been able to had we been sent out on our own. Whenever we found someone that was willing to listen to what we had to say (for the sake of this post, we’ll call this person Fred), one of the members of my group (we’ll call this one George) would go and talk to the person. The other two young adults (we’ll pretend our names were Brundan and Travis) in my group would walk a ways off to give whoever was sharing the gospel some space. While Brundan and I were waiting for George to share the gospel, we were able to pray. To pray for the heart of Fred to be opened to the gospel. To pray for strength and wisdom for George as he shared the gospel.
And I believe this made a difference.
Let me tell you, sharing the gospel isn’t always easy and often, it isn’t fun. I think pretty much all of us are scared of being shot down, scared that we’ll be disliked because of our faith. The temptation for each and every one of us, because of this, is to put off sharing the gospel all together.
This isn’t a new problem either. Even the amazing apostle Paul evidently struggled with this. He realised that he would often be tempted to stop and to give up when he faced rejection, when times were tough.
My point, the main thing I want you to take away from this post, is this: Pray for your friends to have boldness in sharing the gospel. Pray for yourself to be fearless when opportunities to share your faith with others arise. It’s never going to be easy, but thankfully, we have the Creator of the universe on our side.
“If God is for us,who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31b
P.S. There’s a really cool song by Matthew West entitled “Strong Enough” that deals with what Elri said in the quote I posted above. If you get the chance, check it out.