Praying always at all times… Reading from Ephesians 6:18

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesians 6:18

How do we understand Ephesians 6:18 in relation to the groans by the Spirit that cannot be uttered of Romans 8?

In the previous teaching we reached the Revelation that the groanings that cannot be uttered is the communion with the Father that the Spirit engenders in the spirit of the Born-Again believer; we also found that this activity of the Spirit does not depend upon, nor does it originate from, the believer’s conscious activity of prayer. What remains to be understood, and is the purpose of this teaching, is that unutterable groans are not a substitute for the responsibility of the man/woman of faith to seek divine intervention through prayer.

The participation of the Holy Spirit in the being of a man or woman of faith is to give him or her the sustenance, of faith, precisely, so that the Born Again can stay alive in the face of the satanic manifestations that try to drown him or her. Faith is the life of the born-again, so the participation of the Holy Spirit in the being of a born-again is to keep him/her alive; if you look closely again at chapter eight of the apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans, you will see that the apostle defined it as such on two occasions at the beginning of that chapter:

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:2

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 8:6

The purpose of the Spirit is to give life, faith is life, therefore the Born Again is kept alive by faith; hence the need for the Born Again man and woman to grow in faith,

that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1st. Peter 1:7

But faith is not of man, that is, it is not born of the religious activity of man and woman before the deities, nor is it even the product of the impact it may receive from the manifestation of God himself; faith belongs to God, God gives it through his Word:

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17

In the previous paragraph we have even dared to assure that faith is not the product of the impact that man receives before a theophany, many examples in the pages of the Bible that certify it, the clearest case is that of the people who were taken out of the slavery of Egypt by Moses, so many extraordinary manifestations of the Power of Jehovah-God among them, however the great majority of them died in the desert, and it was because of their unbelief. Faith is born from the Word of God, to the extent that man is exposed to it. The only way to have faith is to expose oneself to the Word and to act according to the teaching and instruction that the Word establishes. Experiences can stimulate a man or woman of faith but they cannot generate faith; faith is not a stimulus or an impulse.

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Romans 12:3

From the teaching given by Jesus in the parable of the sower (Matthew 13), we learn that the Kingdom of Heaven is established in human beings through the Word of the Gospel; the parable presents the sower as the Son of Man (Matthew 13:37) who spreads the seed —the Word— over the whole world (Matthew 13: 38) but only germinates in those who accept it as God the Father’s instruction to act according to His Will; who do not want to understand it (Matthew 13:19), who are unwilling to suffer persecution because of the Word (Matthew 13:21), and/or attend to riches more than the Word (Matthew 13:22) make the Word unfruitful in them and drown the faith that God gave to them.

So, Man and woman of faith, faith is the life that the Spirit ‘breathes’ into the spirit of man and woman, faith is the unspeakable groans of the Spirit’s permanence within the being of one who has been born again from the Word. Faith is more than a knowledge or assurance developed from man’s own activity, faith does not germinate from what the man and woman of God do for themselves, this knowledge is the basis of deliverance that cuts through satanic chains and bondages however strong they may be.

It remains, now, Man and woman of faith, that we understand why some men and women of faith grow in faith more than others.

Man and woman of faith, the growth and progress of each one’s faith life depends on the prayer activity that each one develops before God, and that is where Ephesians 6:18 comes in.

 Jesus established as a principle of life and authority, in the case of Peter when Jesus was betrayed by Judas, that prayer is the basis for avoiding stagnation in the growth of faith.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Matthew 26:41 (Mark 13:33; 14:38; Luke 22:40, 46)

Prayer was established by Jesus as a bond of justice and righteousness,

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Matthew 5:44 (Luke 6:28)

Prayer was also established as a prophetic bond to understand about the times,

But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Matthew 24:20 (Mark 13:18, 33)

In the book of Acts of the Apostles it is described that prayer was part of the active faith life of the believers,

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 2:42

In fact, prayers were the basis of operation of many miracles operated within all faith communities,

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Acts 4:31

But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Acts 9:40

And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

Acts 10:4

Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

Acts 12:5

And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Acts 13:3

And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Acts 14:23

And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.

Acts 28:8

In the text of Ephesians 6:18 the apostle instructs the Ephesian community to pray for all the ‘saints’, meaning all those who are part of the Body of Christ Jesus; in another of his epistles, Paul instructs them to pray for the work of the Lord that they were doing even from prison,

17Pray without ceasing.…   25Brethren, pray for us.

1st. Thessalonians 5:17, 25

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

Hebrews 13:18

Prayer is not, nor should it be, a selfish resource to ask for particular interests; such prayers do not prosper,

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask notYe ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

James 4:2-3

Prayer is not even to ask for our particular needs, God knows them,

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Matthew 6:8

Man and woman of faith, the best way, and the best time to pray is in the moments we use to expose ourselves to the Word.

Finally, man and woman of faith, be careful not to develop religious pride; it is no more spiritual to kneel for two hours than to pray for 15 or 20 minutes; prayer is not measured by time spent in it, but by the purpose of discovering the next step of faith we have to take in witnessing to the Lord’s work. Peace.

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The biblical quotations are taken from the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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